Misyon Online - September-October 1994

September-October 1994

Disciples of Mother Teresa

By: Fr. Bobby P. Sagra, MSP

A personal experience of working with the Missionaries of Charity Sisters of Kerema, gulf Province, Papua New Guinea.

It had been more than a year now, since I arrived here in Kerema, taking the position of a Parish Priest. The Sisters Superior of the Missionaries of Charity Sisters told me upon my arrival that one of my responsibilities is to take care of the spiritual needs of their small community of six sisters. This means acting as their Father Confessor on a bi- weekly basis, and also giving them spiritual talks on the various aspects of their religious life. With cheerfulness I assumed the position, not only on the spiritual needs of the people and the sisters, but also of the challenging pastoral work of visiting the villages around Kerema.

By Fr Joseph Panabang SVD

Incorrigible cat
“You fool! Stupid! Get out! Just because you don’t know how to read, you scatter all my books around?” on hearing my outburst our cook was frightened; thinking I was fighting with somebody he rushed into the  room, “What happened Father?” “Oh, it’s just our cat who always wants to sleep on my study table knocking all my books onto the floor.” The cook went back to the kitchen shaking his head.

Sacraments are a door into the mystery of God

By: Teresita Bernad, MSSC

Sr. Teresita Bernad is a Filipino Columban Sister from Ozamis, Mindanao. She tells us here two little stories about the dignity of every single human being and their longing to step into Mystery of god. For Irma and Luisa Sacraments are the door into this mystery.

The Dragon’s Tail
The City of Iquique, where I am stationed, is in the northernmost part of Chile, in the province of Tarapaca. The northern part of Chile is a desert. Iquique is situated between the vast Pacific Ocean on one on one side of the desert hills on the other. One of the hills, the Cerro Dragon, is so named because it is shaped like a dragon with its tail reaching down to the edge of the city. One would imagine the desert to be the most boring sight to see, but I have traveled across the desert several times with the Sisters on our way to the pueblos, and the scenery is spectacular. The mountains are of varying height and shape with different shades of brown; others are greenish, blue or red, depending upon the mineral deposit.

We Live at the Edge

By: Fr. Alejandro Gobenciong, SVD

Ten Priests in Ten Years
When I returned to Argentina after my renewal course in Nemi, Rome, I got a new assignment to a new parish, the parish of San Jose. This parish includes four large zones. We are two priests and ten religious sisters. We have thirty nine chapels and communities in all. This parish covers almost one fourth of the entire Diocese of Iguazu. In the last ten years ten priests worked here without noticeable success for the some reasons: 1) Because the parish is remote and very big. 2) The parishioners are mostly poor immigrants from Brazil working on lands without land ownership, without titles; 3) And the priests who have worked here usually do not survive for long.

Will you Cry When I Die?

By: Jasmin Peralta, SSC

Sr. Jasmin is a Filipino sister who is on mission with the Columbans in Chunchon, Korea. Here she tells of her life “accompanying” the sick and dying on their journey. She does this through her special connection with the Hospice.

Hospice for the Dying
When I first came to join the hospice team in St. Columban’s Clinic in Chunchon last April, our two paid nurses kidded me about taking the night calls when the sisters in charge is away. I firmly told them that I would not, besides not being trained in the medical field, I can’t bring them back to life if ever they die.