Misyon Online - July-August 1992

July-August 1992

Guayaquil: A Divided City

By: Fr. Eduard Fugoso, SVD

A young Filipino priest struggle with the problem of division in a burgeoning Latin America City

Buenos Dias, Padrecito
I am four months in Guayaquil, Ecuador now I feel like a member of our parish community. In almost every block, adults and children would pause and greet me with their warm “Hola, Buenos Dias, Buenos tardes, Padrecito.” There have been times when I nearly fell into the wide street canal with my rickety bike while waving back at them.

Jean Goss Lives

The Story of a Great Peace Builder

By: Jim Forest

Jean Goss has been to the Philippines many times. His seminars on active Non- violence influenced our Bishops in that fatal Pastoral Letter which sparked the last days of Marcos. In a later visit, he personally confronted General Fidel Ramos using an interpreter, to complain of certain activities of the Cafgus. He and his wife Hildegard gave a special retreat on Non-Violence to the Columban Sisters and Fathers. His powerful, strong presence is unforgettable. One of his great phrases: “Peace-building is not difficult, it is impossible...without the grace and help of Jesus Christ.”

Life is a Poem...That often Doesn’t Rhyme

By Fr. Bobby Sagra MSP

Mass  under the Trees
I am assigned in one of the out – stations of the Catholic Mission her in Kerema, Papua new Guinea. The area is called Wanto and there are seven clusters of villages in the remote mountain range. The house for the priest is now under construction. There is no church building yet. During great liturgical celebrations like Christmas and Easter, we just hold our Mass right outside in the open air. The people here are called Camias, they speak their own “tok ples” or native language. so far, I can pick up only a few words like “Aoadi” which means “Thank you” “Aoena” means “morning” and Aoamongati” which means “beautiful”, right now it is rainy season here, and being thickly forested, we have rains everyday, especially in the afternoon and in the evening.

Martyr for the Forest

By: Fr. Frank Connon CSsR

Father Frank, Connon, CSsR is in-charge of the Justice and Peace Disk of the Redemptorist Fathers in Cebu  City

Father Nerilito Satur, 30 years old, was ambushed and killed in Valencia, Bukidnon, on October 14th. The killing took place on the lonely dirt road about 18 kilometers from the town. The priest celebrated Mass for the people in Sitio Tambalan, Guinoyoran, Valencia.