Misyon Online - September-October 2006

Letter To Luzia

Dear Luzia,

 Greetings from St Vincent de Paul Mission Liukui Taiwan!

 Thank you so much for giving time to read my reflection on the March/April issue of Misyon.  That was my sharing on the occasion of my Silver Jubilee.

  Your letter is very interesting.  Thanks for being so open to share your thoughts and feelings regarding my reflection.  Yes, God’s movements in the lives of people is a mystery, and a mystery, sometimes will confuse you, if your thoughts and feelings are ‘focused’ in the confusion itself.  But if you are open to it, you inquire, you search, you ask, just as what you did, then you will find the answers to your questions, and you will be at peace and will feel happy about the confusing issue, isn’t it?  I don’t know if I make sense to you. What I mean is “Be happy and thankful with what God has given you.”  or “Be thankful with what you are because life itself is a free gift to us. Remind you, that God is love, he loves us despite our sinfulness. Don’t think that God punished us, because we are bad, or we are not doing well in school or at home.  What he wants us to do is to acknowledge our failures and shortcomings, be sorry for them and try to change to be a better person.

My Mission Experience

by Jimmy Lindero

The author, from the parish of St Julian de Cuenca, Janiuay, Iloilo, a seminarian of the Mill Hill Missionaries (www.millhill-missionaries.net), is continuing his studies in NairobiKenya.

The author (rightmost) with friends in Kenya

Evangelizing Seafarers

By Fr Seán Coyle

Father Arsenio ‘Dodo’ Redulla from Bohol, now a priest of the Diocese of Lubbock, Texas, USA, worked for some years with the Columbans in Ireland. Early one Sunday morning he was driving out of the small southeastern port city of Waterford to celebrate Mass in a nearby town and to speak about the work of the Columbans. As we say in Ireland, ‘There wasn’t a sinner to be seen’ – the Irish aren’t early risers on Sunday morning – except for a young Filipino thumbing a lift. At the time there were very few Filipinos in the country and Father ‘Dodo’ was the only Filipino priest there. Of course, he stopped. To his amazement the young man said, ‘I was hoping someone would take me to a church for Mass.’ His ship had just docked and he had never been in Ireland before.

San Lorenzo Ruiz: Beloved In Bremerton

By Suzanne Goloy-Lanot

The author, from San Juan, Metro Manila, lives with her husband Leonardo, from Mandaluyong City, in Bremerton, Washington State, USA, with their daughter Adrienne Marie and son Jean-Lenard, both young adults. This is her second article in Misyon.

Some members of the San Lorenzo Ruiz Guild pose with Fr Patrick Freitag (top row, second from right), parish priest of Our Lady, Star of the Sea Parish, before the special mass honoring the saint.  Also in photo is Dr Telly Muldong-Tantay ( top row, fifth from right), founder of the guild.

Through The Mountains And The Seas

by Sister Alicia Alambra FMM

It was a call that scared me.  I did not know what awaited me and it meant giving up all my plans in thePhilippines. I was at that time working as Assistant to the Provincial Treasurer and doing chaplaincy to university students. But I was finally persuaded and hooked. It was April 1989 and my provincial was greatly worried that a missionary bound for Bolivia-Chile could not make it for health reasons. I volunteered to replace her and the great journey began in my life.

‘What does the Lord Want of Me?’

On 6 April Pope Benedict XVI held a question-and-answer session in St Peter’s Square with young people of the Latium region of Italy, in preparation for the diocesan-level World Youth Day observed on 9 April, Palm Sunday. Here is one question, with the Pope’s response.

Your Holiness, My name is Vittorio, I am from the Parish of St John Bosco in Cinecitt. I am 20 years old and am studying educational sciences at the University of Tor Vergata.

Another reader from St Scholastica's College, Manila, sent a letter to your editor expressing her gratitude for the lessons she learned from our stories in Misyon.

I thought Misyon was just another magazine to be kept in the school bag for the rest of the school year. But after scanning its pages, I found the articles, the layout and the letters from the readers very inviting. I knew I should read the magazine to find out what is in it that could be more fulfilling than the cool pictures and colorful backgrounds.

Captain Alcantara

Having learned of the amazing story involving Captain Alcantara, Steve Georganas, a Member of Parliament, delivered a commendation at the House of Congress in Canberra on 3 November 2005

Captain Roman Alcantara

The Little Way Of St Thérèse

By Father Donal Halliden SSC

Fr Donal Halliden

Fr Donal Halliden is one of four brothers who became priests. Fathers William and Jerome, both Columbans, and Patrick, a diocesan priest, have all gone ahead. Father Donal came to the Philippinesin January 1948 and now works at the Misyon office in Manila. He writes here about the great patroness of missionaries whose feast is 1 October.

The Triumph Of Captain Roman Alcantara


By Norma Hennessy

We thank Attorney Peter B. Payoyo for permission to use this article, which first appeared in the January – May 2006 issue of Parola (the Tagalog word for ‘lighthouse’), the newsletter/magazine published by the Philippine Seafarers Assistance Programme (PSAP) www.psap-parola.org/, a 25-year-old non-profit foundation based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

By Fr Joseph Panabang SVD


A group of Australian youth, whose organization has been helping many parishes in Ghana, came to visit some of their projects. After an exchange of pleasantries, I learned that they were staying for four weeks and were all new to the country. Welcoming them at Kintampo, I said, ‘Four weeks is long enough to get malaria. Just try to survive the first attack because it’s the most dangerous.’ They looked as if they wanted to leave Ghana that same day.

A Christian In Harmony With Islam

By Father Paul Glynn

A Columban priest lives with Muslims in Mindanao to help break down centuries of Muslim-Christian enmity.

It is 3:30am: time to get up and prepare our breakfast before the sun rises at 4:15. Once we hear the Call to Prayer from the local mosques, we know we won’t be able to eat a single bite or let a drop of water pass our lips until the sun sets and we have heard the welcome sound of the evening call,‘Allahu Akbar’ (God is Greater), once again from the mosques. This will remind us that it is time to break our fast after a long, hot day of hunger and, worse still, thirst.


By Narcelle B. Toñacao

When I was a child, being a nurse someday was always my dream. It’s as if it was a program in my mind because until now my goal hasn’t changed. It started when I had a car accident and was hospitalized for a month. The nurses were so dedicated in their profession. They took good care of me even if they were already tired from taking care of other patients.