May-June 2009

Pulong ng Editor


Magmula ng yakapin ko ang buhay ng isang magpapari, malimit kong marinig at mapagtanto ang mga katanungang madalas ay ‘di ko masagot-sagot o ‘di rin matarok ng musmos kong pag-iisip. Ito ay mga katanungang gaya ng, ‘Bakit ka magpapari?’ ‘Paano mo nalamang ika’y tinawag nga ng Panginoon?’ ‘Kaya mo bang harapin ang mga hamon sa buhay ng isang Pari?’ At ang pinakamahirap sa lahat ay ang katanungang, ‘Saan ako patungo?’

Waiting In Hope…

We missionaries, share the mission of Jesus. As his disciples our mission is: ‘TO LOVE GOD IS TO SERVE ONE ANOTHER, AND TO SERVE GOD IS TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER.’ We are on a journey striving to live as Jesus lived so that our lives may be fruitful for others when we die. Life is short, eternity long. We have only this brief lifetime to receive love, deepen love, grow in love, and give love. What a wonderful way for us missionaries to witness to the GOD of LOVE as his beloved children like his only Beloved Son JESUS on whom his favor rests. Our revered Co-foundress Mother Mary Michael left us a simple maxim on how to live in the following guiding principles of her life.

Columbans In The Philippines: The Beginnings

30 May 1929 is an historic date for Columbans in the Philippines. On that day Fr Michael Cuddigan, who had sailed from Sydney, disembarked in Manila Harbour and made his way to Our Lady of Remedies Church, Malate. He was not the first Columban to visit Manila; several others had made it a port of call in the 1920s en route to and from China, but he was the first in a long line of Columbans who, over the next 80 years, would make the Philippines their home.

New Beginnings In The Carmel Of Vilvoorde

Before we enter into the beautiful season of Lent, allow us to share with you some good news and significant beginnings taking place now in our Carmel here in Vilvoorde, Belgium.

Yesterday, 23 February, we had our community elections. Our youngest Belgian sister, now Mother Lutgardis, 65, was elected prioress. With her in the council are Sister Lutgart, Mother Ann Christi and Sister Carmela.