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Missionaries’ outreach to Muslims on Filipino island recalled

“This Muslim leader learned from these two Columbans the value of love and forgiveness and this brought a radical change to his life and a new and more life-giving interpretation of the Koran.”

2019.07.23.

Priest killed in Co. Roscommon hit-and-run to be buried on Thursday

Tributes to 81-year-old Fr Michael Guckian, who served in the Philippines as a missionary for 30 years, describe him as “a walking saint”.

2019.05.14.

Columbans choose Co. Mayo priest as their new leader

Ordained in 1995, Fr Tim Mulroy is a former school teacher from Swinford, and has served in Japan and the US.

2018.09.25.

Poll shows 91% of Irish Catholics oppose ban on artificial birth control

Large majorities of Catholics polled in five countries said they believed contraceptives are commonly used among Catholic couples.

2018.08.05.

Brutal slaying of Justin Valdez recalled at Columban ceremony

“It is so shameful that this horrific death took place here in Ireland of a young vibrant young woman out walking and with a very bright future ahead of her. We ask for forgiveness from the Filipino people.”

2018.06.13.

WMoF2018 milestone as 2,500th volunteer registers

Secretary General of WMOF2018, Fr Timothy Bartlett, delighted at having reached milestone in volunteering numbers, but thousands more volunteers needed.

2018.05.02.

Filipino priest slain while chatting to parishioners after Mass

This is the second Filipino priest to be assassinated by gunmen in just over four months. Both were social justice advocates and defenders of the poor.

2018.04.30.

Missionary appeals to TDs over Bill to restrict travel by convicted paedophiles

If enacted, the legislation will “help to curtail child abuse sex tourism and protect children in countries like the Philippines, Thailand, and Cambodia where child protection laws are weak or not enforced” - Columban missionary, Fr Shay Cullen.

2018.04.24.

Dutch abbot pays tribute to Irish missionary’s battle against child abuse

Columban priest Fr Shay Cullen receives the 2017 Martin Buber Award in the Netherlands.

2017.11.21.

Missionary pens novel to raise awareness of Philippines violations

Fr Shay Cullen’s novel ‘Ricky and Julie – a story of courage and survival in the Philippines’ is about the lives of street children targeted and hunted by the deadly Davao Death Squad.

2017.08.23.

Missionary appeals to legislators over sex trafficking

Fr Shay Cullen addressed TDs and Senators in Leinster House last week and commended them for enacting the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 2017, which criminalises the man who solicits sex.

2017.05.23.

A.K. Shalom Award presented to Irish missionary in Germany

State-sanctioned executions of people suspected of being drug users or dealers in the Philippines have reached a high of about 8,000 since 30 June 2016.

2017.05.10.

Columban Fr Shay Cullen to receive prestigious Dutch award

2017 Martin Buber Award recognises missionary’s work, through the PREDA Foundation, helping children and women targeted by paedophiles and sex traffickers.

2017.05.02.

Fr Shay Cullen wins 2017 German Shalom Award

Prize will be presented to Irish Columban missionary on behalf of the Preda Foundation on 4 May in the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt in Germany.

2017.02.14.

Ireland has “a duty to reach out to” refugees with compassion

Fr Shay Cullen describes Hugh O’Flaherty International Humanitarian Award as “a statement that all life is precious ... and each has invaluable dignity and every one is worth saving”.

2016.11.08.

Bishop Doran to lead National Day of Prayer for Children

Organised by the Society of Missionary Children, this year's event takes place on 14 October at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Sligo.

2016.09.30.

Fr Shay Cullen wins 2016 Hugh O’Flaherty Humanitarian Award

Columban missionary has uncovered and exposed widespread child sexual abuse and human trafficking involving children as young as 9 years abused by US personnel and sex tourists including local men.

2016.08.26.

Tributes to oldest Columban priest at funeral Mass

Fr Dan Fitzgerald was one of the oldest surviving Columbans and a direct link to the founders of the Society. He worked at one stage as secretary to Bishop Edward Galvin in China.

2016.08.21.

We value anybody who has been with us: Columbans

Missionary priests who left over celibacy tell their stories in television documentary which was directed by the wife of one of the 13 ex priests interviewed.

2016.07.23.

Missionaries helped 2.5 million in 2015

"Missionaries have always had the unique foresight and commitment to target the world’s most difficult challenges" - Heydi Foster, CEO of Misean Cara.

2016.07.05.

Eco theologian pays tribute to Columban centenarian

Fr Dan Fitzgerald returned home to Nenagh in 1989 after serving in the Philippines during World War II and later in the diocese of Hanyang in China.

2016.07.04.

Sisters speak out against trafficking at UN

Research has shown that “cumulative disadvantage over the life course renders people vulnerable to trafficking".

2016.02.18.

Irish bishop pays tribute to Filipino contribution

"I want to thank you for the contribution so many Filipino people to our parish communities and in the care of the sick and the elderly."

2016.01.28.

51st International Eucharistic Congress opens

Some 15,000 people from about 90 countries, and at least 1 million Filipinos, are expected to ‎participate in the event from 24-31 January.

2016.01.24.

Irish schoolgirl writes song in support of PREDA

Róisín Seoighe entered song competition after viewing ‘Kids Behind Bars’ which gives an insight into the plight of vulnerable and destitute children in the Philippines.

2016.01.18.

Church in the Philippines is “a carrier of hope”

Ahead of IEC2016, Bishop Kevin Doran pays tribute to Filipino faithful “who are not afraid to acknowledge themselves as Christian".

2016.01.13.

‘Mad Hair Day’ to raise funds for cemetery children

"Almost 2,000 people, who have nothing, live in the cemetery in Manila; they are born, live and die there”: Jackie Pallas of the Society of Missionary Children.

2015.11.25.

Mission DVD to be seen in parishes and schools

“It was an amazing experience and I met so many remarkable Irish missionaries doing incredible work" - former RTE journalist Charlie Bird.

2015.10.07.

Venerable John Sullivan’s crucifix blessings sought

“Young people are searching, faith is very much relevant to them."

2015.09.29.

Knock Eucharistic Congress aims to build on IEC2012

The pastoral care of marriage and the family will be the key focus of the national congress this weekend.

2015.09.23.
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