The Far East - June 2017

The Far East Magazine is published 10 times a year by St Columbans Mission Society. It features articles and photographs by Columban Missionaries from those countries where the missionaries work. The magazine was originally launched to promote mission interest in Catholic homes in Australia and New Zealand. The Far East Magazine is a major fundraiser for Columban Missionaries and was first published in Australia on 15th October, 1920.


From the Editor - Missionary life involves changes and trust in God

As I prepare with God’s help to make an important change in my life, I ask that you remember me in your prayers. Pray also for all missionaries…
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The Great White Barrier Reef

Corals are colonies of tiny sea-animals, polyps which attach to rocks, dividing into clones which connect and blossom into over 600 diverse varieties.…
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Thoughts upon returning to mission in Chile

This June 2017 issue will be my last as magazine Editor. Here are some of my thoughts as I prepare to return to Chile.
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Reflection - The Holy Spirit as a godparent

Through inviting 30 relatives and friends to become godparents for Audy, her parents were ensuring that she would be protected and supported…
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Memories of a difficult time

Columban Fr Patrick (Pat) Egan shares with The Far East his memories of a difficult period in Chilean history, the social changes of the 1960s…
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Passing on the flame of faith

Columban Sr Kathleen Mary Riordan recently spoke with The Far East about some of the highlights and difficulties of her 43 years of missionary…
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A temporary haven from violence

This partnership gives us a realistic chance of facing up to the problems in our society in a creative and so hopeful way.
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Mission World - June 2017

Rockhampton bishop speaks out after coral reef pummelled by Cyclone Debbie
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From the Director - Finishing his tour of duty

I believe that a picture is worth a thousand words; seeing and meeting people struggling in poverty is the best place to begin understanding…
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Fr Shay Cullen to receive the Martin Buber prize

Fr Shay Cullen is to be the recipient of the 2017 Martin Buber Award in recognition of his internationally acclaimed work on human rights undertaken…
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The smile behind the struggle

Virgenia O Vidad is the coordinator of the 'Pedalling to Live' programme in the Philippines which helps those in dire need generate an income…
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Christmas drink of death

Columban Fr Daniel (Dan) O’Connor relates a tragic event in a Christian colony in the Punjab, Pakistan, last Christmas.
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Your Columban Legacy

Your Columban Legacy “Do what you can” Bishop Edward J Galvin
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