Meet the Columban Sisters

Choi, Hye sook, Susanna- the Seeker

( From a conversation with Susanna now Congregational Leader) “Growing up in a farming family in Young Am-Archdiocese of Gwangju-Korea, has given me a great love of nature and of country life. I was the second youngest of seven girls and with my sisters worked to help my parents on our family farm, I am...

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Flame of Hope

Columban Sr. Mary Dillon recounts one man’s descent into hell through heroin addiction and   how the Hope Centre in Myitkyina is helping him get back on his feet.   Myint Saung was born in a very small village in middle Myanmar 38 years ago.  His primary education came to an abrupt end when he was...

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Meet Sister Maria Kim

We are a small family -my parents, my older brother and sister in law, my little niece and myself. Although my father has a sad history of being orphaned by the Korean War, he worked as a technical official for the Government for a long time. My mother came from a middle-class and is an...

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Remembering

When I lived in Hallim on Jeju Island I knew two delightful old people, namely Mrs. Kang and her husband.I came to know them through the Isidore Development Association’s social welfare apostolate for the Aged, in which I worked.   At that time they were taking care of their son, Tae Gyu, and of his youngest...

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“My Galilee”

Galilee is the place where the disciples were first called, where everything began! To return there, to return to the place where they were originally called. To return to Galilee means to re-read everything on the basis of the cross and its victory, fearlessly.  Do not be afraid.  To re-read everything, Jesus preaching, His miracles,...

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44 Years of Mission in Korea

    Sr. Nora Wiseman, after 44 years of mission in Korea, returned to Ireland on 15th March. A special thanksgiving and farewell Mass was offered in the Columban Sisters’ convent in Seoul to celebrate 44 years of her mission in Korea. She received an expression of sincere thanks from the bishop of Chuncheon; Kim Woon-hoe...

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Poppies and Pain

Drugs have wrought havoc in the state of Kachin in Myanmar.                               Sr Mary Ita O’Brien explains how the Diocese of Myitkyina is                              addressing addiction through the 12-Step Programme. Kachin State in Myanmar is a land of beautiful mountain ranges, where the rivers Malika and Maika are born and together form the...

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Columban – the White Dove

                                                             I Columban        Born and bred        Among the soft roll of hills       in the pasture land of...

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The Same Sky

‘ Before God promised the sky would be ever so blue, before God promised the flowers would  ever so blossom, and yet God’s everlasting love and kindness had been granted to us already ‘ These verses of a hymn were composed by a Chinese trappist monk and the hymn was popularly used by all Chinese...

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Bearing Fruit

It was a great joy for me to be invited, two years ago, to return to Santiago, Chile to celebrate 40 years of the Columban Sisters’ Mission in that beautiful country.  Sisters Gemma Shelly, Kathleen Mary Riordan and I pioneered the mission there in 1974.  This was during the early days of the oppressive military...

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