The Far East - Jan/Feb 2018

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

When the calendar turns over to another year, many of us reflect on what we did or didn’t do in the past year, and what we would like the new…
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Modern day slavery

“Eating with the migrant men every day, listening to their stories gave me the passion and energy to keep going with the lobbying, knowing that…
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Promoting foreign mission in an ‘age of diminishment’

Fr Hogarty spent more than 20 years in Chile and Peru, helping poor and isolated populations to build parishes and communities on the foundations…
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Reflection - Close the distance not the gate

Our mission as disciples of Jesus is not to be gatekeepers. We need instead to work at closing the distance rather than closing the gate.
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Where are they now? - Columban Centenary - Fr Brian Gore

The Negros Nine were three priests, including Fr Brian Gore, and six lay workers who were imprisoned in 1983 during the Marcos regime and sentenced…
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Your Columban story - Benefactors share with us...

Your stories are key to our past and our future. With your permission we would like to publish your Columban story in The Far East and on our…
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Shanghai faith story - The tsunami effect

In 2012, I moved to Shanghai for work and I met my now-husband Alex. He is Italian and a Christian Catholic, and right from the beginning the…
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New neighbourhood for Columbans

In his homily, Cardinal John spoke of the true foundations of the Columban presence in New Zealand. It is not just cement and steel but, more…
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Mission World - January/February 2018

Pope sends telegram of condolence following terror attacks in Egypt
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From the Director - The biggest changes are ahead of us

It may be a little scary but there is a sense that the biggest changes for our Church and for St Columbans Mission Society are ahead of us. Yet…
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I got this one in the bag

Spending time with these students made me realise my own disabilities and provided the opportunity to identify them, acknowledge them and build-on…
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I am a Catholic in my own way

It was on these visitations that I learnt more about the saying ¨Yo soy Catolico en mi mismo manera¨ which means ¨I am a Catholic in my own way¨…
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Working with co-workers

Having Fr Willie Lee with us this year was a great success. As a team, we were able to share the workload and he was able to share his Columban…
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Travel to China with Columbans in 2018

A 12 day tour in October 2018 to discover Columban history in China, meet Columban Priests, Sisters and Lay Missionaries.
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An apology and a thank you - Subanen Christmas cards

Columban Fr Vinnie Busch, who developed the Subanen livelihood project, sends his thanks for your care and concern.
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