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The author is a Columban lay missionary from Peru working in Cagayan de Oro City. Fr Rolly Aniscal, from Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental, has worked in Peru as a Columban missionary and is now one of our vocation directors, based in Manila.
‘En un pueblo olvidado no sé porqué
y su danza de moreno lo hace mover
en el pueblo lo llamaban negro José
amigo negro José.’
‘In a forgotten town I don’t know why
and his dark man’s dance makes him move.
In the town they call him Black José,
friend Black José.’
By Mary Joy Rile
Ana had the chance recently of visiting Misyon in Bacolod City and Joy, our Editorial Assitant interviewed her. Here she shares the story she got through the interview.
Let me start with a quote from Mother Teresa, ‘Everytime you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.’ You can only guess how we started… Yes, we started with a smile, as I eyed her for an article, believing that there is one beautiful story from this simple, beautiful woman.
L to R: Mary Joy Rile, Ana Flores, Richelle Verdeprado, Marisol Rojas and Bessie Palma at the Misyon editorial office in Bacolod City.
By Sr. Eden Peñanueva op
In 1987, my Dominican Superior invited five sisters to apply for the missions so I immediately applied but I did not get a positive response, instead I was assigned to help in the novitiate for almost three years. I resigned myself to the Will of God, but I made a secret promise to him: “Yes, I will forget this desire. However if there will be an opportunity to work in the mission one day, I will never say no.”
By John Din, Columban Lay Missionary
John Din, from San Miguel, Zamboanga del Sur, is the Coordinator of Columban Lay Missionares – Philippines, a position he took last year after spending almost 18 years as a Columban Lay Missionary in Brazil and Peru.
First there was the forest, then the loggers came; bare lands appeared and mining companies came. What next? This idea was on my mind when I revisited Midsalip in January 2011 to make a short video on the struggle of the indigenous Subanens and the people of Midsalip, Zamboanga del Sur against mining. My first visit to Midsalip was in the 1987 together with a group from our parish during the picket against logging companies. This visit and the participation in the picket at an early age has been the most educative experience about the care of environment in my life.
By Richelle Verdeprado
After many years of not attending Mass, 26-year-old Peruvian Marisol Rojas Tomasto’s concept of priests and going to church changed when she first met the Columbans ten years ago. Since then, she has admired their sense of closeness with the people and how they break down the walls that separate them from the community. Wanting to do the same, she has now found her second home in the Philippines as a Columban Lay Missionary.
By Sr Maura Gallahue SSC
The author is an Irish Columban Sister who worked in Mindanao for many years but is now in Peru. Sister Anne, the Director of the new clinic, is a Columban Sister from Cagayan de Oro City and is a psychiatric nurse by profession. She has appeared a number of times in Misyon, her most recent article being What’s on Their Mind in the March-April 2009 issue.
By Sr Maura Gallahue SSC
The author is an Irish Columban Sister who worked in Mindanao for many years but is now in Peru. Sister Anne, the Director of the new clinic, is a Columban Sister from Cagayan de Oro City and is a psychiatric nurse by profession. She has appeared a number of times in Misyon, her most recent article being What’s on Their Mind [Joy, link http://www.misyononline.com/marapr09-what to title] in the March-April 2009 issue.
By Sr Anne Carbon SSC
Sister Anne, a psychiatric nurse by profession, is a Columban Sister form Cagayan de Oro. Misyon has featured a number of her articles about her missionary work in Peru.
Sr Anne Carbon SSC
I remember the many escapades that my brothers and sisters did to the annoyance of adults, especially my parents. But my siblings and I had so much fun together that recalling them now only makes my heart burst with song and laughter. Recalling the joys of my childhood brings nothing but happiness to my heart and a deep gratitude to God for giving me that special time and space in my growing-up years.