Archive - 2008
Margaret Mary Ward (87), from County Galway, Ireland, was buried last Wednesday in Salford, near Manchester, England, to where she had emigrated with her late husband Charles in 1963. Their 12 surviving children of 15 were present, as well as all 172 grandchildren, the eldest 51, the youngest only 11, their first time ever to gather together. Margaret, or 'Maggie' as she was known, also had 36 great-grandchildren and 18 great-great-grandchildren.
of our students - Erl Tabaco (Cagayan de Oro City), Kurt Pala (Iligan City),
Louie Ybañez (Tagaloan, Misamis Oriental), Mike Buctot (Tangub City, Misamis
Occidental) and Etuate Tubuka (Suva, Fiji) began their Thirty Day Ignatian Retreat
on 27 October in Sacred Heart Jesuit Retreat and Sprituality Center, Novaliches,
The following Columban priests have died recently:
Fr John O'Doherty (ordained 1939), 14 November, in Ireland. He had worked in China and the USA.
Fr Paul O'Rourke ('61), 28 October, in the USA. Father Paul worked in Mindanao, Vietnam, where he was wounded during the War as a chaplain in the US Army, Jamaica, USA.
Fr Joseph G. Bradley ('47), 28 October, in Manila. Father Joe spent all his missionary life in the Philippines, in Pangasinan and Manila. He suffered a major stroke in 1996.
Father Raniero Cantalamessa OFM Cap, Papal Household Preacher, reminds us that the talents that God speaks of 'are the Word of God and faith', not the natural gifts that God has given us. However, God still wants us to use and develop those gifts in the service of his Kingdom.
Last semester, God blessed me with a very good friend. We were seatmates in one of my afternoon classes and so we can see each other every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. We enjoyed talking about anything- how our day was, what we experienced that we find cool and interesting, who brighten up or destroyed our day, our reaction with the TV program or the way a teacher handles the class and the long list goes on.
Fr. Walker's sharing in this article is really encouraging. Such a great testimony!
Indeed priesthood, just like any other vocations, is a gift. We may be partners of the community or congregation we are in, thus we should try to adjust for the community life. But we should not limit ourselves to the weaknesses of others or even to our own weaknesses. If we feel we can no longer bear the difficulties and pain around us, we can always go back to Jesus and hold to His hands. After all, we are working for Christ's mission, not just to please other people.
The Commission on Mission of the Diocese of Kabankalan supports the launching of the Regional Youth Assembly on November 15, 2008 at the Saint Columban Arts Center (KCC Gymnasium), City of Kabankalan.
Let us support our youth in their noble endeavor of promoting the mission of the Church.