Encounters

DIAMOND JUBILEE CELEBRATION

DIAMOND JUBILEE DAY, April 26th 2018.                                                     This day was made by the Lord, Alleluia!   So our hearts sang as our Diamond Jubilee day came to a close yesterday evening. All four of us, the two Itas, Joy and Patricia, were slightly overwhelmed because of all we had experienced in the course of twelve...

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“I Am Chained”

  I Am Chained. I have been doing prison ministry since 2013 to 2018 for both male and female inmates in the Philippines. In January 2018 I began my ministry of Pastoral Counselling in Manila for female inmates.  There were and are many volunteers offering their services but no one has been doing Pastoral Counseling...

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25 years of service as Eucharistic Minister in Philippines. Sister Pat Daomilas, Columban Sister, tells her story.

  25 years of service as Eucharistic Minister in Philippines. Sister Pat Daomilas, Columban Sister, tells her story.                                                                Sisters Patria and Ann Rita. In...

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Pope Francis declares the Amazon as the heart of the Church.

Pope Francis declares the Amazon as the heart of the Church.   Francis arrived in Lima on Thursday afternoon after finishing a trip to Chile for a four-day trip. He traveled deep into the sweltering Amazon jungle where he met with indigenous communities, who were hoping he would call on the state to grant them...

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Pope Francis to visit Chile and Peru

                                                                            Chile and Peru are getting ready to welcome Pope Francis and so too are the Columban Sisters. “I want to meet with you, look into your eyes, see your faces and experience God’s closeness, his tenderness and mercy that embraces and consoles us,” the pope said in a video message released by the...

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Nollaig na mBan.  Women’s Christmas.

Nollaig na mBan.  Women’s Christmas.   Greetings on this the Feast of the Epiphany, also known in Gaelic as Nollaig na mBan!  Nollaig means Christmas and Ban means women. The old Gaelic tradition of “Nollaig na mBan” or “Women’s Christmas” celebrates Epiphany on January 6th and closes the Christmas season. It was not unusual for another...

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Happy New Year 2018.

New Year Resolutions. The New Year comes, and we are full of good intentions and resolutions.  Some resolutions only last a week, some a month and luckily those which last, becomes our friend.  What is the secret? We must pick the right resolution that will give us the best shot at success, provided the goal...

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“Do not take Jesus out of Christmas!”

“Do not take Jesus out of Christmas!”   Pope Francis on 81st birthday: On December 17th twenty-five thousand people from many lands came to St. Peter’s Square to wish Pope Francis a happy 81th birthday. On this occasion Pope Francis made an appeal to the world: “Do not take Jesus out of Christmas!” He said:...

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Advent Blessings

Advent Blessings. ‘Advent’ means ‘coming’ and the Advent Season for Christians is liturgically set four weeks before Christmas, to wake us from our sleep and invite us into a time of quiet and reflection, as we await anew, for the coming of Jesus into our lives at Christmas.  The readings and the liturgies during the...

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Saint Columban.

                                                                St. Columban.   Columban was Ireland’s first European. The Irish missionary St. Columban (543-615) traveled throughout Europe, preaching and founded influential monasteries in...

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