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Oct 18th
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Columban Pilgrim Way Dalgan Park

As part of our commemoration of the 1400th Anniversary of St Columban a Nine Step Pilgrim Way has been placed in the woods at Dalgan Park.

The Pilgrim Way comprises a number of stops for reflection on themes suggested by the  life and work of St Columban.

This series of simple reflections has also been used by parish groups in other settings and in response to requests we are now making them available to download so they can be used by groups both to remember the life of one of Ireland's great saints and also to focus on the challenges of living a Christian life in an Ireland which faces many new challenges.


Day of Prayer - Climate Change – November 17

Day of Prayer - Climate Change – November 17
On November 17 the Peru Region of the Columbans, as part of the Inter-Religious Council of Peru-Religions for Peace,  will participate in a final Day of Prayer and Fasting in preparing for the UN Climate Change talks (COP20) which will meet in Lima, Peru, on December 1-12, 2014.  

As an international Society committed to Care and Respect for Creation, please consider joining this day of prayer and fasting in solidarity and invite others in your community, ministry and/or parish setting.    We offer Psalm 19 as a unifying prayer as well as elements of the Day of Prayer being prepared by the Zen Buddhist community in Peru.  Feel free to use or adapt the following suggested format:

Homily of new Bishop of Derry

"Our society knows many places where people feel discarded or beyond hope.  Many people feel prisoners of their past while others seem to glide on, presumed masters of their future.  That can happen because of neglect and abuse in its multiple forms; it can come from ill health or lack of satisfying chances to contribute to society; it can be reinforced by being labelled in education or social status; it can be born from the mistakes that they or others have made."

Homily of Bishop Donal McKeown at the Mass of his Episcopal Installation as Bishop of Derry

Christi Simus Non Nostri

St. Columban’s motto: Let us be for Christ and not for ourselves
As we celebrate the passion, death and resurrection of Christ during Holy Week this year, it might be helpful to reflect on how Christians at other time expressed their faith in Christ and devotion to him. St. Columban, for example, learned from both the Bible and from some of the Latin classical authors that we have not here on earth a lasting city and that the beauty of men withers in old age. For Columban and many monks of his generation the “radiance of Christ’s face is to be more desired that the brittle flower of the flesh – flor carnis fragilis.

Learning to Wait in Hope

The best way to celebrate Christmas in an eco-friendly way is to begin by celebrating Advent as a time of preparation for the coming of Christ, at Christmas.
Many themes surface during Advent, but three are particularly significant.
These include cultivating an attitude of waiting for the coming of the Lord. Waiting is not something which comes easy to people who are raised on a culture of consumerism cultivates an attitude of instant gratification. When we see something cleverly advertised on television or in the print media, we almost feel compelled to go out and buy, even if we do not need it. Western materialist culture tells us that possession and use of an increasing number and variety of goods and services is the principle cultural aspiration and the surest perceived route to personal happiness, social status and national success.
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