From the Regional Director - Oceania

Fr Trevor Trotter SSC

Columban Fr Trevor Trotter SSC

Fr Trevor Trotter is the current Director of St Columbans Mission Society for Oceania. He was ordained to the Columban priesthood in 1970. His first mission appointment was to the Philippines. He has spent five years in Hong Kong on the General Council and has worked as a Scripture Lecturer and in the formation of seminarians in Sydney and the United States. Until 2018, he worked with Fr Dan Ryan, Vicar for Clergy in Brisbane Archdiocese, providing spiritual direction for the clergy as well as being involved in the formation of deacons.

  From the Director - Stay in touch

Sep 09, 2020
In a time of pandemic, the message is not about touch but about not touching. It is about self-isolation and staying at home. The result is that we have become more aware of our need to ‘be in touch’.
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  From the Director - After being a priest for 50 years

Aug 10, 2020
Being a Columban meant not only learning more about myself, Christ and God, it also meant learning more about how to converse with people of other cultures about these same things.
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  From the Director - Missionary disciples

Jul 08, 2020
Whenever we get out of our chairs to help someone else, we are being missionary disciples of Jesus and we are involved in a bigger project than we might have imagined.
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  From the Director - The Acts of the Apostles

Jun 13, 2020
I came away with a very positive impression of the commitment and achievements of the Columban Society over the years. We could not have done it, of course, without our supporters.
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  From the Director - Spirit matters

May 11, 2020
It took him forty days of appearances to help them to trust that he would always be with them. It is the same for us.
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  From the Director - The drama of Holy Week

Apr 06, 2020
We cannot talk about our own lives meaningfully unless we talk about Jesus’ life. Unless I talk about my belief in Jesus, I am not talking about what is most important in my life, what is most fundamental.
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  From the Director - We can all be missionaries

Mar 13, 2020
In his column, Columban Fr Trevor Trotter reflects on how we can all be missionary by living our lives as humanly as possible. He reminds us that God carries on the mission in the ordinariness of our lives.
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  From the Director - The vision and mission for the new Region of Oceania

Jan 20, 2020
Our mission is to be part of the mission of the Catholic communities in Oceania. So our questions are part of a bigger question. What is the mission of the Catholic Church in Oceania?
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  From the Director - He dwells among us

Dec 02, 2019
One thing we do know is that Jesus has not left this world. Once he became flesh he did not throw it off like an old overcoat. He did not try to escape from the web of all the relationships that make up a human life.
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  From the Director - New Columban Region of Oceania

Oct 09, 2019
In Australia as we prepare for the Plenary Council the church is asking “What is God asking of us today?” As Columbans in Oceania we are asking the same question.
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  From the Director - Giver of all life

Sep 05, 2019
Like all relationships, our connection to God has ups and downs. There may be a slow beginning or a dramatic one. There may be times when God seems far away and other times where the intimacy of God can be so frightening that we look the other way.
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  From the Director - God made me do it

Aug 05, 2019
It makes us wonder – “Why does God need priests?” The answer is “We need priests to remind us that we are in God and God is in us.”
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  From the Director - We are called into the one people of God

Jul 04, 2019
My first significant learning was that being a Catholic is not just about going to Mass on Sunday and receiving the sacraments.
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  From the Director - What is our mission from God?

Jun 06, 2019
When Jesus started his preaching in Nazareth he chose to read the piece from Isaiah that says “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me”. Jesus was empowered by the Holy Spirit to carry on his mission.
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  From the Director - Healing and transformation

May 09, 2019
Despite the Son of God being killed, he rose from the dead because of the love of God for us. That same love continues to heal and transform the whole world.
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  From the Director - The sign of the Cross

Apr 08, 2019
The Sign of the Cross is probably the first prayer that we were ever taught. Our parents helped us to make the right gesture and to say the right words.
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  From the Director - What does the Good News mean?

Mar 12, 2019
If we have the courage as a Church or as an individual to admit the truth about ourselves and if we can share that truth with God we will know his compassion and love. We will personally know what the Good News means.
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  From the Director - Black holes

Feb 01, 2019
When I put this amazing phenomenon together with my belief that we all live in God and that God lives in the whole Universe, then that makes God very, very big also. I can only stand still in wonder.
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  From the Director

Nov 23, 2018
St Augustine also said it well in the often quoted saying, “Our hearts will not rest until they rest in You”. We seem to have the perfect marriage here. God desires to be with us and we desire to be with Him. What could go wrong?
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