Encounters

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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In the Highlands of Peru

SR ELIZABETH DOYLE shares a memory of her time working in Latin America… All our plans were upset when the plane failed to arrive from Lima.  Three days before, we, the Special Catechetical Team, had flown up to Ayacucho to give a short course to teachers of Special Education working in the area. We were...

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Spare a Thought this Christmas

“Jesus, Mary And Joseph Were certainly Homeless on That Holy Night.”   Walking through Dublin city centre in the month of December one could easily fool oneself into thinking that this is a wonderland where any expectation can be fulfilled.  The multi-coloured streetlights are blinking and flashing.  The vendors are shouting their wares.  The atmosphere...

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It Is Great To Be Here

If one is open enough to the daily surprises of life, one will surely find life full of challenges and risks. That is what I have been experiencing in my journey for two years in Midsalip with the Subaanen people. It is a journey that has led me to a deeper understanding of the behavior...

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Helen’s Story

If life is a play, play your role. If life is a treasure, get your share. If life is a puzzle, act in the living present. If life is a dream, hold fast to your dream. If life is a battle, fight with all your might. If life is a journey, travel till the end....

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Beauty in Suffering…

  Childhood is a very special time and space for everyone. When one is young the whole world is like a playground where one can explore freely and with wonderment everything that one sees, hears and touches. There is so much innocence in a child’s heart, the exploration and discovery is filled with joy and...

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Promoter of Dignity

I first met Andrea Garcia 9 years ago when she took part in one of our training courses for Promoters of Non-violence. Now, she not only helps others to become aware of their dignity and human rights but is also general co-ordinator of the government ‘Glass- of milk nutrition Programme’ in her Zone. A committed...

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Row Together In God’s Love

  CLAY YOUTH CENTRE is situated in the Diocese of Myitkyana, which in turn is in the most northern part of Myanmar, in the Kachin State.  The Centre is committed to Youth Ministry and to sharing our Columban missionary spirit.  I would like to introduce my friends who are working with me in this ministry...

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Rosa’s Story by Sr. Mary McGuinness

“It looks hopeless, oftentimes it feels hopeless but then you meet people like Rosa, so vibrant with life despite endless set-back, endless disappointments. She is herself a sign of hope”. There was something about her. The first time I met her I noticed it, a directness of manner, a level of attention that marked her...

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WHISPER’S HOPE by Sister Teresita Bernad, SSC

The Operation “Whisper’s Hope” is Dr. Geoff Williams’ personal reach out program for children with cleft lip /palate problem.  It is the hope that whispers to parents of children with disabilities; children who have become the object of ridicule and teasing. Dr. Geoff Williams, MD, is an American plastic surgeon, Board Certified by the American...

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