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The Columbans and the student leaders they molded

by Mary Joy Rile last modified Dec 21, 2017 03:08 AM

But we remember the Columbans most fondly for their work with students. They had a special knack for identifying those with great potential for leadership and held their hands and hearts in their formative years. The Columbans modeled the virtues of servant-leadership.... By Milwida M. Guevara published on December 12, 2017, Manila Bulletin.

By Milwida M. Guevara published on December 12, 2017, Manila Bulletin

I tried to focus on the celebration of the mass yesterday but my memory kept drifting to the past. My friend, Fr. Michael Mohally, a Columban priest, celebrated his 50th anniversary as a priest. His years were indeed golden, having served as a missionary, and dedicated to the formation of leaders through Student Catholic Action (SCA).

The Columban Missionaries are also celebrating their centenary in the country this year. They ran parishes, established schools, served as university chaplains, and worked with the poor.  Many Columbans died as martyrs in the Philippines.  Fr. Thomas Flynn died in the hands of the Huks in 1950.  Fr. Rufus  Hally was shot dead in 2001.  President FVR was personally involved in the rescue of Fr. Des Hartford who was abducted by militants in Marawi in 1997...


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