Misyon Online - September-October 1991

September-October 1991

By Fr Joseph Panabang SVD

Bread in Ghana
Linguistically, many Ghanaians find it hard to pronounce the letter R clearly. They pronounce it as letter L. Now, now with just half loaf of bread left on the table for our three visitors, I asked our mission boy to run like a leopard and buy some bread. In a few seconds, he came back grasping and handed me three small boxes or stainless blades. Aghast, I asked, “What are these for?” “You told me to buy blade Father,” he said convincingly. One of the visitors, a Ghanaian lady who perfectly knew of the problem was convulsed with laughter and almost dropped her tea.

How God Brought Me to the Altar

By: Fr. Peter C. Wang

Close to Inner Mongolia
I was born on December 31, 1922 in a Catholic family at a small village near Inner Mongolia, a part of Manchury China. My grandfather worked in a parish church as a gardener. He was converted to Christian faith by the parish priest who one of the CICM Fathers from Belgium.

Grandfather Prayed for a Priest
My father married my mother who was an orphan from the orphanage of the church. My grandfather prayed at heart to God to give him at least one priest among his ten grandsons. I and one of my cousins entered the minor Seminary when I was 13 years old in the year 1935.

I Chose Indonesia

By: Fr. Ernesto Amigleo, CICM

I remember many years ago in 1963, as a young novice at the CICM Maryhurst Seminary in Baguio City, my novice master announced to the twelve of us novices that the superior general wanted us to write him about where or which mission country we would like  to go as a missionary. We were asked to name three countries after a few days or discernment, we were ready to write Fr. General. I chose Indonesia as one of my priorities. The other two were Japan and Brazil. There were, of course, reason why I chose Indonesia. They were: 1) because Indonesia is a predominantly Muslim country; 2) because it is in Asia; 3) because as a Filipino I can share our Christian faith with our Asian Muslim brothers and sister; and 4) because culturally speaking, Indonesians and Filipino come from the same Malay ancestry.

Tatlong Pinay sa Pakistan

By: Emma Pabera

In 1990 three, Filipinos, Gloria Canama from Mindanao, Pilar Tilos, and Emma (Ems Pabera from Negros arrived in Pakistan to begin their missionary work with the Columban Fathers and Sisters. A letter from Ems tells us of their first impressions.

A Lay Missionary’s First Impressions
Pilar, Gloria, and I (Ems) arrived in Pakistan on Oct. 21. Our plane touched down in Lahore at 10:30 AM on a Sunday morning. Waiting patiently for us at the Airport Terminal were two Irish priest and a Filipino nun (Dan, P.J., and Perlita). As they put garlands around our heads I felt the urge of happiness. IT is strange but I don’t feel like a stranger in this place. Maybe because the Columban support group is great and they’re so good to us.

At School in Ghana

By Sr. Erlinda A. Macatol, RVM

I came to Ghana in 1982 through the invitation of Peter Kwasi Sarpong was for a long time very concerned about the number of girls especially from the poor homes who could no longer get access to the expensive Boarding School System in Ghana.

So I was given the job of Headmistress (High school Principal of a newly establish Day Secondary School for the Girls named Prince of Peace Girl’s Secondary School. This day school is also a vehicle for preparing possible candidate to the religious life. Prince of Peace then was established as the a Day Secondary School (just like our school in the Philippines where student go home to their respective families). At the moment, we have about thirty aspirants who wish to become Sisters recommended by their Parish Priest.