By Adelaida A. Cantona
Adelaida A. Cantona, now living in Toronto, Canada, tells us how Columbans formed her as a child and as a professional, and how their influence guides her in a new country.
I grew up in St Michael Parish, Mahayag, Zamboanga del Sur, run by Columban priests for many years. In fact, my early image of God was strongly associated with Columbans in white sotanas, talking to us kids who loved to play in the church playground.
I was molded as a teacher by the Columban Sisters in Immaculate Conception College, now ICC-La Salle, Ozamiz City. My strict professional training as a teacher made it difficult for me to adjust to Muslim students, not used to strict discipline, in my first job in Marawi City.