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A Gift to the Church

A Gift to the Church

by admin — Mar 13, 2018 07:32 AM

On the Occasion of the Missionary Society of St. Columban’s 100 years of Mission

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San Ildefonso College Awards the Missionary Society of St. Columban

San Ildefonso College Awards the Missionary Society of St. Columban

by admin — Mar 13, 2018 07:27 AM

On behalf of the Missionary Society of St. Columban, Fathers Rolly Aniscal, John Keenan and Christopher Kaamiño received the Plaque of Appreciation from San Ildefonso College, Tanay, Rizal on February 2, 2018 for the meritorious contribution of the Columban Society to the school. The Columbans served in Tanay from 1937 until 1966

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A SPECIAL BLESSING ON 100 YEARS OF COLUMBAN MISSION:  FIRST PERMANENT MEMBER FROM CHINA

A SPECIAL BLESSING ON 100 YEARS OF COLUMBAN MISSION: FIRST PERMANENT MEMBER FROM CHINA

by admin — Mar 13, 2018 07:29 AM

Peter Dong, from China, was ordained as deacon by Most Rev. Honesto F. Ongtioco, Bishop of the Diocese of Cubao, on Sunday, February 4, 2018 at the Columban House of Studies in Cubao, Quezon City. Included in this article is an excerpt of Bsp Ongtioco's homily.

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PAG-AMPO ALANG SA KAMUGNAAN SA GINOO

by admin — Mar 13, 2018 07:31 AM

By: Most Rev. Nereo P. Odchimar, DD, JCD, Bishop of Tandag

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The Late Dawn of a Restless Dream

The Late Dawn of a Restless Dream

by admin — Mar 13, 2018 07:35 AM

A faith born in the shadows cast by a single candle in a tightly curtained room of a small farming village in China emerging from the repression of the Cultural Revolution in the early 1980s blossomed on February 4 in the chapel of the Columban Seminary in Manila, as Peter knelt before Bishop Honesto Ongtioco to be ordained a deacon, becoming a minister of the word of God that he had imbibed in the clandestine darkness of his home so many years before.

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Knowing God in Life’s Circumstances  By Hazel Angwani

Knowing God in Life’s Circumstances By Hazel Angwani

by Anonymous — Apr 16, 2018 12:05 AM

Hazel is from Bontoc, Mountain Province and is currently undergoing the Columban lay missionary Orientation program with Ma. Fe Corazon Arienza.

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The Joy I Found with the Youth

The Joy I Found with the Youth

by Anonymous — Apr 20, 2018 06:08 AM

By Ma. Fe Corazon P. Arienza Ma. Fe Corazon "Azon" Arienza is from Cabadbaran City, Agusan Del Norte. She was a youth leader of the Parish Youth Apostolate in Candelaria, Cabadbaran and a member of the Oasis of Love Community. With Hazel Jean Angwani, she is currently undergoing the Columban lay missionary Orientation program.

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Ordination of Rev. Fr. Erl Dylan J. Tabaco, SSC

Ordination of Rev. Fr. Erl Dylan J. Tabaco, SSC

by Anonymous — Apr 27, 2018 07:53 AM

Ordination of Rev. Fr. Erl Dylan J. Tabaco, SSC on February 17, 2018 at the Most Holy Rosary Parish, Agusan, Cagayan de Oro City. "I have chosen you." Jn 15:16

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Ordination to Diaconate

Ordination to Diaconate

by Anonymous — May 28, 2018 06:54 AM

On Sunday, May 13, 2018, Bishop Honesto F. Ongtioco of Cubao ordained Louie Q. Ybañez as deacon at the Columban House of Studies, 42 Rosario Drive, Cubao, Quezon City.

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Meet Our New General Council

Meet Our New General Council

by Anonymous — Sep 26, 2018 01:39 AM

The New General Council of the Missionary Society of St. Columban elected 2018

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Owning Christ  by Jerry Lohera

Owning Christ by Jerry Lohera

by Anonymous — Apr 12, 2019 10:26 AM

We often perceive God as all-powerful, yet it is this same God who turned vulnerable for us, who became human, as we have witnessed in Jesus’ life. This is often difficult to comprehend but it does not stop us from yearning for Him the same way He yearns for us.

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Art Exhibit in Sogang University  By Fr. Jason Antiquera

Art Exhibit in Sogang University By Fr. Jason Antiquera

by Anonymous — Apr 29, 2019 02:09 AM

Joining the art club counts as one of the most unforgettable experiences I have during my time in Korea, because the experience fits the contemporary Columban way of doing mission: crossing culture, religion and language to share the Gospel of Joy.

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Remind Us of God’s Majesty

Remind Us of God’s Majesty

by Anonymous — May 07, 2019 09:40 AM

Praise be to God! Fr. Louie Ybañez was ordained a priest by Bishop Edwin dela Peña, MSC of St. Mary’s Prelature of Marawi on February 16, 2019

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A Grandfather’s Legacy

A Grandfather’s Legacy

by Anonymous — May 17, 2019 02:31 AM

One day Billy was very sick and on the way home, he lost consciousness. When he had awakened, Billy was at the front door of his house. My grandfather, at the risk of being fired and breaking city regulations, had driven his bus off route and drove several blocks on the side streets to deliver Billy into the arms of his mother. It was reminiscent to Jesus healing the crippled man on a Sabbath (Matthew 12: 10-15), a violation of the Sabbath laws. Like Jesus, my grandfather believed that compassion should not be limited by law.

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JUBILARIANS

JUBILARIANS

by Anonymous — May 18, 2019 03:17 AM

This year 2019, we honor the Columban Missionaries who are celebrating their Diamond, Golden and Silver jubilees. May God grant them blessings of good health, peace and joy in their life of service.

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Book Launch of “Popong: A Compilation of Stories About Fr. Rufus Halley”

Book Launch of “Popong: A Compilation of Stories About Fr. Rufus Halley”

by Anonymous — May 17, 2019 04:58 AM

“In everything, we need to transcend. Let our faith be bigger or higher than our fears.” To people whose lives were touched by Fr. Rufus “Popong” Halley, the above statement is so clear, when in pursuit of a life that directly puts one in the line of adversity.

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Columban  Missionaries Celebrate 90 Years  of Mission in the Philippines

Columban Missionaries Celebrate 90 Years of Mission in the Philippines

by Anonymous — May 16, 2019 09:03 AM

This year, we celebrate our commitment to the poor and the exploited earth. We honor those who have gone before us as we continue to commit ourselves to God’s mission in collaboration with our mission partners and benefactors. This commitment is expressed in our work with the vulnerable and the marginalized, indigenous people, interfaith dialogue and the care for God’s creation in our ministries and parishes.

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FULFILLMENT OF A CALL

FULFILLMENT OF A CALL

by Anonymous — May 21, 2019 02:52 AM

Father Peter was ordained to the priesthood, with two other priests and two deacons, on January 25 in China. He is the first to be ordained for the Missionary Society of St. Columban from Mainland China. This is a momentous event for the Columban Missionaries after a hundred years of responding to God’s call to mission.

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The Forgotten Face of God

The Forgotten Face of God

by Anonymous — May 30, 2019 01:56 AM

God’s presence often appears when we least we expect it. We see God in the eager face of a child who is still capable of smiling amidst his suffering. We encounter God who comes to us as a piece of bread in the mystery of the Mass, which we often ignore. We sometimes forget how to recognize the face of God, how to feel his presence. Despite all this, we should always remember that God is with us all the time.

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Waving Through a Window

Waving Through a Window

by Anonymous — Jun 11, 2019 07:26 AM

But being part of the Columban family has given me fresh eyes and a renewed sense of optimism. It’s like slowly letting the sun shine in through the window after years of being adamant in keeping them shut. Soon enough, I’d be able to stand in front of it and wave to the world outside. Despite my qualms about the Church in general, I love working in a place whose beliefs are aligned with my own. I especially enjoy being surrounded by people who challenges me to rethink my standpoint in life.

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The Accomplishment of a Vocation Promoter

The Accomplishment of a Vocation Promoter

by Anonymous — Jun 11, 2019 06:09 AM

It is a memorable feat, having another recruit ordained. No other feelings can describe it but happiness. I couldn’t hold my tears when Fr. Louie Ybañez started to give his blessing, especially to Bishop De La Peña and fellow priests during his ordination.

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MY GREAT COLUMBAN “CLOSE ENCOUNTER”

MY GREAT COLUMBAN “CLOSE ENCOUNTER”

by Anonymous — Jun 19, 2019 10:03 AM

I thank God and Mama Mary for these “close encounters” with the Columban Missionaries. It is indeed a year to be grateful, being connected with the Columban Family since the late 1940s.

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I Encountered Christ

I Encountered Christ

by Anonymous — Jun 26, 2019 11:29 AM

I was a pilgrim of the NYD for a reason. I believe that I have encountered Christ in the people that I met: from my delegation, to my foster family, to Team Dominic Savio and to all NYD pilgrims. The National Youth Day in Cebu is over, but the journey for young individuals like me, as servants of the Lord, has just started.

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Humanity: The Commonality of Every Religion

Humanity: The Commonality of Every Religion

by Anonymous — Jul 09, 2019 05:29 AM

As I continued my journey in this side of the world, I came to realize that despite the diversity of religions, there is always a prevailing human factor that is common: the capacity to love, care and pray for each other. This insight dawned on me during my stay in my parish.

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The Implications of the Synod of the Amazon to the Philippines

The Implications of the Synod of the Amazon to the Philippines

by Anonymous — Jul 19, 2019 01:35 AM

The Synod of the Amazon is important to us in the Philippines because it reminds us that our local realities are the loci where our collaborative efforts to care for our common home need to be forged, nurtured and sustained. Thus, the Synod of the Amazon is not only for Latin America, it is also for us in this side of world, and for the circle of life. It is indeed a Synod for life. One of the slogans for the Synod of the Amazon is “Save the Amazon, She will save Us!”, not far from the cry to defend the Sierra Madre Mountain ranges, “Buháy na Sierra Madre, Buhay nating lahat” (Sierra Madre Alive or Full of life, Our life.)

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MOTHER SAID "REMEMBER AND PRAY"

MOTHER SAID "REMEMBER AND PRAY"

by Anonymous — Jul 19, 2019 01:33 AM

“Remember whom you made your commitment to. Remember how you were given this opportunity. Remember who called you. Remember and pray.”

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THE RAIN NEVER CAME

THE RAIN NEVER CAME

by Anonymous — Aug 13, 2019 09:57 AM

It has been a year since I’ve been to the village of Kanni in Mandalay division and still, not a drop of rain has fallen as evidenced in the dry canals and dry land. There is an urgent sense of desperation for the rain to come soon because many have prepared the land for planting peanuts and sesame, two important crops of the village.

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SUBANEN MINISTRIES HONOR GOD’S CREATION

SUBANEN MINISTRIES HONOR GOD’S CREATION

by Anonymous — Oct 10, 2019 07:20 AM

The Subanen culture and our Catholic tradition both profess that God created the Earth as a sacred gift. And it has become evident that this sacred gift needs healthy ecosystems if we are to fulfill, in a sustainable way, the Gospel’s commission to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, heal the sick, and shelter the homeless.

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ROLLING "KIMBAP", ROLLING FRIENDSHIPS

ROLLING "KIMBAP", ROLLING FRIENDSHIPS

by Anonymous — Aug 28, 2019 07:43 AM

Kimbap is a very special dish for me because it symbolizes the friendships I have made with the Korean lay missionaries (LMs) who were assigned in the Philippines in the span of 27 years of work with the Columban Lay Missionaries (CLM)...We have not only rolled these seaweed rice to celebrate life but by our joyful rolling of these tasty creations, I feel that friendship has been bonded big time.

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A STORY BEHIND THE BARS

A STORY BEHIND THE BARS

by Anonymous — Sep 20, 2019 07:45 AM

After greeting the police officer on duty, I went inside to the cells and heard a child crying. To my surprise, a heartbreaking scene was waiting for me. A little six-year old child was holding a soft drink can and crying out, “Mama, I want my Mama. Mama come for me.” She was made to be like a criminal behind the iron bars of a terrible, smelly cell.

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TRUE LOVE FROM A DISTANCE

TRUE LOVE FROM A DISTANCE

by Anonymous — Sep 05, 2019 07:23 AM

Through all the hardships, all they can do is cry, and then continue to thrive on. I admire these women for having courage and resilience, and for being brave enough to take risks. They sacrifice their lives for their family and their children, knowing that when they return home, things will be different. For my part, I can only share my presence, listen to their stories, put myself in their place and empathize with them. At the same time, I am praying for them that God will give them more courage to continue living.

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WHEN THE JOB MEETS THE CALL

WHEN THE JOB MEETS THE CALL

by Anonymous — Sep 20, 2019 06:35 AM

Nowadays, the world has gotten so competitive that being innovative and task-oriented are a must in finding a good job. Although I do believe that people should study hard in order to land in a good job, live a comfortable life and secure a good future, but my journey through life has taught me that there are things beyond comfort, convenience and security that we need to aim for.

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COLUMBANS: PRIESTS OF THE PEOPLE

COLUMBANS: PRIESTS OF THE PEOPLE

by Anonymous — Sep 13, 2019 05:15 AM

The nature of the society’s mission has always leaned on what the local church needs in concurrence with the political and social climate of the country. From sacramental work into building communities, the mission later involved working for justice, peace and social action. When asked on where he thinks the Columbans see themselves in the future, amidst the rapidly evolving society, he answered, “I think a lot of us are influenced with what’s happening around us. We’re priests of the people. So, wherever they’re in need, that’s where we’ll go.”

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THE STRUGGLE IS THE PRAYER

THE STRUGGLE IS THE PRAYER

by Anonymous — Sep 17, 2019 08:01 AM

In reality, there are times when we feel that our prayer time didn’t go well. But that is not important. Often, the fruits of prayer come in our daily lives just when we are doing ordinary things. Many times, those fruits come weeks, months and even years later. In the case of Jesus, it came three days after his prayer in Gethsemane. What truly matters is that God sees our efforts in trying and appreciates our attempts. That is why the struggle is the prayer.

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MY COMPANIONS IN MISSION

MY COMPANIONS IN MISSION

by Anonymous — Sep 27, 2019 01:17 AM

There were only four of us when we started our planting project but as we continued, we were able to convince more parishioners and even children to participate. I would like to thank Vaulina, Auntie Mili and Nene and the other Columban Companions in Mission for their continuous support, love and concern for a missionary like me, who is always struggling yet hoping and believing that God is the purpose, the beginning and the end of everything. To God be the glory!

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WHEN DIALOGUE MEANS COMPANIONSHIP

WHEN DIALOGUE MEANS COMPANIONSHIP

by Anonymous — Nov 13, 2019 04:59 AM

Aisha, a two-year-old Muslim girl, arrived at the Catholic Clinic in Badin one Friday morning. She was admitted to the clinic for tuberculosis treatment. On another occasion, 71-year old Mansingh arrived at the clinic in scorching hot weather with his grandson.

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Cebu: My Place of Firsts

Cebu: My Place of Firsts

by Anonymous — Oct 16, 2019 07:47 AM

With its long history, Cebu is undeniably the queen city of the South where the first seed of Christianity in the Philippines was planted. My first time in Cebu blessed me with new experiences when I became a delegate of the National Youth Day (NYD).

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GOD BLESS THE COLUMBAN MISSIONARIES

GOD BLESS THE COLUMBAN MISSIONARIES

by Anonymous — Oct 24, 2019 12:31 AM

The Columban Missionaries were instrumental in the evangelization of Botolan. I was a freshman student in school year 1957-1958 when I first met them. Botolan High School, where I studied, was still a private non-sectarian school at that time, but the Columban fathers had already started their work, with the help of the Student Catholic Action, of which I was a member.

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Simple Things in an Extraordinary Way

Simple Things in an Extraordinary Way

by Anonymous — Oct 28, 2019 09:34 AM

One of the many joys of being a Columban Lay Missionary is the joy of immersing into a new culture and learning so much from the people with whom I share my faith and experience.

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TREASURED MEMORIES WITH COLUMBAN MISSIONARIES (TM WITH CM)

TREASURED MEMORIES WITH COLUMBAN MISSIONARIES (TM WITH CM)

by Anonymous — Nov 04, 2019 05:16 AM

Gloria is married to Leonardo Fallorina of Candelaria, Zambales. They have four children, all girls. She has been back from Japan (to the Philippines) since 2000. In her golden years, she is still actively engaged in church works in Valenzuela City, Bulacan.

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WHAT'S IN A TATTOO?

WHAT'S IN A TATTOO?

by Anonymous — Nov 13, 2019 08:43 AM

Originally from the kingdom of Tonga, Liliani was assigned to the Philippines in 2015 where she studied a six-month-course on Cebuano language. Afterwards, Liliani was assigned to a chapel and to the Women’s Ministry of the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro. Up until now, Liliani is still working in the Philippines. This is her story.

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