Encounters

World Day of the Poor

Message of Pope Francis for the first World Day of the Poor   Explanation of logo  Pope Francis has designated that the first World Day of the Poor to take place this Sunday, 19 November 2017. The below image is its official logo and it emphasises the dimension of reciprocity which is at the core...

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All Saints’ Day/All Souls’ Day in the Philippines.

All Saints’ Day/All Souls’ Day in the Philippines. All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day are two important days in many Catholic countries as people remember Christian saints, martyrs and loved ones who have died.   The Philippines is the world’s third largest Catholic country and it celebrates these feasts with great devotion as they...

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Samhain / Halloween

                                                                      Samhain / Halloween Samhain marks the Celtic New Year and can be seen to the equivalent of New Year’s Eve. As...

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Divali, the Festival of Lights.

                  Diwali, the Festival of Lights                                 is a joyous and celebratory time and it is the biggest festival celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists around the world. Its significance for our world today...

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Festivals

It is Thanksgiving Time/Chuseok and we congratulate all our Sisters and people of East and all people at                                                                     this special time!...

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Diamond Jubilee

Diamond Jubilee Congratulations. Tagore left us with many diamond gems to ponder on in life and one that is apt for us these days as we celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Srs. Sheila Crowe, Bridie Lough and Kathleen McGrath is: Have you not heard His silent steps….He comes, comes, ever comes. These three brave Jubilarians listened...

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Finding God…

  “We find God is already with us even in the mess and mayhem of our life.  We find him in the  disappointments, in the failures, in the weariness of the day’s work, in the pain as well as in the joy and   peace we know.”                         ...

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Forgive and Find Freedom

“They are not saying the injustice done is all right; it is not, they know it is wrong.  But by refusing to be caught in a cycle of bitterness, they have let go and forgiven.  They are free.”             The story is told of a good and prayerful woman who claimed to have had a...

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Thank You To Our Columban Associates in Hong Kong

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  Two years ago I had to break the news to our associates (Friends of St. Columban) that the Columban Sisters would gradually be withdrawing from Hong Kong They had invited me to join them after their retreat, when they would be electing their new leadership team. As I walked through the gate of the...

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Columban Sisters Newsletter- Spring 2017

  This is a story that Sr. Joan McDermott sent me about two women from Sindh Province, Pakistan.  They are Shamshad and Shumila – a mother and daughter.  The story reflects a reality in the culture of that country, namely, the custom of arranged marriages, and the lack of educational opportunities for women. He would...

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