The Far East - March 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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Fr Willie Lee follows Pope Francis’ call to go to the peripheries of society

“I left my country with my suitcase filled with my own culture, food and other things, but when I arrived, I learnt that I should have left with…
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Susanna, the seeker

I was so happy, my ‘seeking’ had found Baptism and the beginning of a whole new journey in faith. Columban, Fr Dan O’Gorman, baptised me in 1983…
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New central leadership team for Columban Sisters

Columban Sisters Kathleen Geaney, Susanna Choi, Rebecca Conlon and Angela Yoon are the new central leadership team for Columban Sisters
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Reflection - The Last Supper

When this meaning is lost and the Eucharist becomes more of a church ritual than a dynamic call for commitment to community service then we will…
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Where are they now? - Columban Centenary - Fr Tom Rouse

The group were charged with unlawful assembly. They were also subjected to gassing in the police station. After only one night, they were released.
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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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A tale of two brothers

At first I wondered why Josè and his parents never wheeled David to church, especially when we had our annual Mass for the sick. “Come and see…
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Birchip parish takes action

After reading an article in The Far East (October 2017), organisers at St Mary’s parish in Birchip1 decided they had found the ideal beneficiary…
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Mission World - March 2018

New Vatican publication highlights Indigenous art, culture
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From the Director - Being present to others

That striving for life and love draws many of us into our Eucharistic communities. Such communities are built up and shaped by the stirring of…
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Human being or beast of burden

Lack of rest, stress, exhaustion, and lack of sleep took a toll on Amy’s health. Her hair began to fall out and her gums began to bleed. She…
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Philippines takes another hit

A total of 39 bodies were recovered including those of children, adults and elderly. According to the reports six people are still missing.
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The luck of the Irish

Could it be that this boy will one day become a Columban missionary? I thought and with that I burst out laughing.
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