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THANK YOU, Fr. DON KILL

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Almost brushing with the edge of his mortality enlightened him that in the great scheme of things, he was powerless without God’s grace and that his abilities do not measure up to what needs to be done in mission. This awareness only fuelled him to bridge the gap between what he should do as a missionary and what the people needed. "Balay San Columbano" was initially established to provide shelter for the youth in need that Father Don encountered through his Mission Awareness work in Ozamiz City.

THANK YOU, Fr. DON KILL


 In 1972, Rev. Fr. Donald Howard Kill arrived in Manila, just a week after Martial Law was proclaimed. He was first assigned to the Parish of San Isidro Labrador in Aurora, Zamboanga Del Sur after completing his language studies at the Columban Language School in Ozamiz City. Later,he would see himself between the Philippines and the United States for his following assignments. Father Don’s jovial and easy-going nature trumped the language and cultural barriers he faced in the beginning of his missionary life. As he developed close relationships with the people, he realized that despite the formation for thirteen years to become a Catholic priest, he had yet to know anything about being a Christian. This kind of humility to accept his limitation is what enabled him to get through several significant events in his life. On July 27, 1973, Father Don was shot in Barangay Baclay, Tukuran after being mistaken for another person. Almost brushing with the edge of his mortality enlightened him that in the great scheme of things, he was powerless without God’s grace and that his abilities do not measure up to what needs to be done in mission. This awareness only fuelled him to bridge the gap between what he should do as a missionary and what the people  needed. Balay San Columbano was initially established to provide shelter for the youth in need that Father Don encountered through his Mission Awareness work in Ozamiz City. Eventually, it involved the endowment of scholarships with the help of local and international benefactors. To them, he was a father figure who wanted to ensure that they are not only educated in the academe but also in the moral and ethical standards of society. As he goes back to the United States for his retirement, we will remember him with nothing but fondness and gratitude in our hearts. Father Don may be returning to his birthplace, but his home has been and will always be in the Philippines.

 

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 "One captured moment of gratitude" Fr. Don Kill, who used to proofread "Columban Mission", with Arlenne Villahermosa

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