12/10/2011 3:00 pm
Columbans were among the missionary societies out in force at Westminster Cathedral Hall on 11 October to celebrate October as World Mission Month. Tom O’Reilly – Director the Columban missionaries in Britain – attended, along with Tom Ryan, Pat O’Beirne, Dan Horgan and Ellen Teague.
A new initiative ‘Mission:alive’ was launched, to promote a greater understanding of mission in England and Wales, and a new parish resource for catechesis on DVD is being produced. ‘Mission:alive’ will be organised in a collaboration between Missio, which resources World Mission Sunday on 23 October, and the Catholic Missionary Union, which overseas the mission appeals outreach of 36 religious societies into parishes. Columbans are currently visiting parishes in Westminster and Southwark Dioceses most weekends.
Assembled missionaries, with decades of experience working in the global south, heard Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor, express admiration for “your faithful contribution to mission and your great contributions to health and education in so many countries”. He told Columban Fathers present that one of his cousins is a Columban.
Fr Carmine Curci, the Director of MISNA, the Rome-based missionary news agency, gave a presentation about its work, highlighting the perspectives of missionaries working in remote or dangerous situations not reached by mainstream media. “Missionaries on the spot know the local languages and know the people” he said “and they are all potential journalists”.