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Fr Brian Vale SSC

Columban Fr Brian Vale SSC

Fr Brian Vale was elected Regional Director of St Columbans Mission Society for Australia and New Zealand on 23 November 2017. Previously he has been working in Japan and New Zealand and more recently has spent the last 8 years in Christian - Muslim Relations in our Columban Mission Institute in Sydney.

  From the Director - Acculturation

Sep 12, 2018
It is often in times of transition that we are opened to discovering new insights into who God is and a mentor can also learn much from the dialogue and conversations with new missionaries.
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  From the Director - Let your life speak

Aug 06, 2018
By trusting your unknowing, your old standards of progress dissolve and you become eligible to be chosen by new, larger standards, those that come not from your mind or old story or other people, but from the depths of your soul.
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  From the Director - Three score years and ten

Jul 16, 2018
Fr Leo is looking forward to the year 2020 when the three brothers will then collectively have served 200 years of service as Columban missionary priests. That will certainly be an important milestone and an occasion for another celebration!
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  From the Director - A chance meeting over a meal

Jun 25, 2018
This month, on June 29, 2018 the Missionary Society of St Columban celebrates exactly 100 years since its canonical foundation and it all started with a chance meeting over a meal.
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  From the Director - Pentecost Sunday - see and listen

May 25, 2018
This is the Spirit which inspires us, opens our eyes and gives us the insight to see beyond our own cultural lens to what God is inviting us to become.
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  From the Director - Post resurrection experiences

Apr 12, 2018
Many people throughout the world today are trying to escape trauma including after release from prison or escaping persecution as refugees or as victims of sexual or domestic violence.
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  From the Director - Easter Message 2018

Mar 29, 2018
In his Easter message, Fr Brian Vale speaks about his time during Easter in the Japanese city of Hiratsuka. He reflects on assisting his Columban colleague, Fr. Tom Tehan with the Easter ceremonies and how he witnessed the faith of the people of Japan.
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