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Stories from Columban Missions

School children gather to say thank you
Spring in the Jungle

In 2020, Fr. M was looking forward to celebrating his 25th ordination anniversary. Ordained in 1995, he was one of the first priests from Myanmar…

Parishioners with Fr. Carlo (left) and Fr. Tim
Visit to Labasa

Even though it was my first time to visit to Fiji, my short stay in Holy Family Parish in Labasa felt like a homecoming! Situated among the…

Diary - In So Many Words
The Mysteries of Life

Palm Sunday commemorates Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem.

Elderly man teaches young girl to plant flowers
Meaning in Life

Some words in Japanese are hard to translate. The reason is that there are many, many years of cultural feeling and experience behind the words.…

Setting sun shines through two hands making the heart sign
Go Home

Racism is a specific form of discrimination and exclusion faced by minority groups. It is based on the false belief that some races are inherently…

A mosque silhouetted against a setting sun

Pope Francis’ pastoral visit to Iraq in the midst of the pandemic as a Pilgrim Penitent and as a Pilgrim of Peace put me thinking. Age and…

Prayer group circle
A Faithful Follower of God

When I was young, my family was not religious or active in the parish. My father had a different belief and hated the Catholic faith, especially…

Solitary person standing on a hillside near a park bench
A Life Unlike Our Own

The world faced devastation during the time of the coronavirus pandemic. Millions of people have died, and many others have suffered and continue…

Teacher reading to school children
Seeds of Hope

“Education for our children, we have to teach our children.” This was the message that we heard at our discussion about supporting the Church in…