Winter 2014 - St Columbans Mission Society

NEWS AND VIEWS
AUTUMN 2014
A missionary to
the end
No choice but to be silent
The Hope Workers’ Center (HWC) in Taiwan was founded by the Missionary
Society of St. Columban in 1986 to inform local workers on their rights and to
advocate and lobby for them. It was the first organization in Taiwan to assist
migrant workers in distress.
Australian Fr Peter O’Neill SSC has worked for many years with victims of
labour trafficking at HWC. He writes: “When migrants come to Taiwan they are
immediately at a disadvantage. Their passports are taken off them. They’re
housed wherever the employer chooses, irrelevant of the condition.
Many migrants come from desperately poor countries to Taiwan to find work
with the hope that they will earn enough to send money home to help their
families.
Once migrant workers are in Taiwan, they face many abuses in the workplace.
One major abuse is the non payment of salaries. Another is not receiving
overtime according to Taiwanese law. Employers also take illegal deductions as
a way to increase profits. ‘I would treat my dog better than the way some of
the companies treat their migrant workers.’
A migrant has to work for at least two years to pay back their broker’s debt.
Therefore they are relying on their employer to renew their contract. They
have no choice but to be silent.
The HWC help the workers stand up for their rights under Taiwanese law. They
assist workers with legal advice and shelter. There are never enough hours in
the day, but, it is an integral part of the Gospel to seek to change the situation
of injustice that migrant workers find themselves in.”
Columban Fr Peter O’Neill went to Taiwan in 1991.
Columban Fr Leo Donnelly SSC
from Ballarat worked and lived
with the people in Peru for over
50 years. He died peacefully on
the 4th February, 2014.
In the homily at Fr Leo’s funeral,
Columban Fr John Hegerty,
said, “Leo wore ‘the smell of the
sheep’, be it the sacristan or the
mayor, the catechist or those
who attended him in the parish
house or the hospital.”
In the last few days of his life,
Fr Leo was moved from the
comfort of the Columban
House, to a crowded clinic,
where he died in a public ward
with 30 other patients. He lived
to the last drop his priestly
missionary ministry with and as
one of his adopted people.
We ask you to remember Fr Leo
in your prayers.
Rest in peace Leo.
MISSION NEWS AND VIEWS
Leo leaves Essendon
After 16 years at the Columban House in
Essendon, 91-year-old Fr Leo Baker SSC has
moved to Mercy Health Care in Colac.
Earlier this year Fr Leo was admitted to hospital
where he received a pacemaker. It was during
this stay that Fr Leo met and enjoyed many
people including patients, their families and
visitors.
As a result of the new lease on life, and the
experience of the companionship in the
hospital, Fr Leo decided to move to Colac to be
close to family and friends.
Life will not be quiet for Fr Leo who has many
interests. He is fit and walks up to 3kms per day.
He is an avid gardener and correspondent. He
writes regularly to his family, which includes
two of his younger brothers, Chris and Pat, also
Columbans. He still writes to friends he made
during his time on mission in Japan
Fr Leo would like to thank Columban
benefactors and their families who have been a
big part of his life and supported his missionary
vocation.
Fr Leo Baker worked and enjoyed many hours in the gardens at
St Columbans, Essendon.
Meet a Columban
Fr Wally Tudor
Apollo Bay
Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish, Apollo Bay, Victoria
includes Aireys Inlet, Lorne and Lavers Hill. During
holiday times the churches and chapels overflow.
The rhythm then changes and parishioners get the
undivided attention of Columban Fr Wally Tudor, the
Parish Priest.
Last year, Fr Wally promoted the e-Conference “The
Gospel of St Mark” which was sponsored by two of
the parishioners, who gave their homes for viewing on
large screen televisions. The success of the conference
could be judged by the robust discussion afterwards.
Please make yourself known to Fr Wally when you are
next in the area.
Fr Trevor Trotter
Brisbane
Columban Fr Trevor Trotter is currently co-ordinating
and promoting The Far East magazine to parishes in
the Archdiocese of Brisbane.
He is also working in the Archdiocese of Brisbane
three days a week in a variety of roles which includes
public speaking engagements.
Visit out website to see when Fr Trevor will be
in your parish or a parish near you.
www.columban.org.au
AUTUMN 2014
A man for the people
10.06.1939 - 21.03.2014
Fr Peter Doyle was farewelled on April 2, 2014
from St Francis Xavier Church in West Mackay,
Queensland by Bishop Emeritus, Most Rev Brian
Heenan. The homilist for the Requiem Mass was
Fr Gary Walker, the Regional Director of the
Columban Fathers in Australia and New Zealand.
Since Fr Peter stipulated that he did not want
flowers or a eulogy at his funeral service, Fr Walker
used the readings to reflect the kind of priest that Fr Peter was. He was a
Good News priest, like Jesus the High priest. He was compassionate and
generous to the people whom he served and finally, he was ‘a man of
God’; a man and priest with a well developed sense of humour who was
nevertheless serious about the ‘things of God’.
Columbans in Lima, Peru, remember him with cash stuffed into his shirt
pocket and clearly visible to anyone on ‘the make’. He would give the shirt
off his back to those in need and that of any Columban who left a shirt
hanging from a chair in the priest’s house.
He was deeply appreciated by the parishioners for his capacity to listen
and empathise. His sense of humour was also a great asset in his work.
He was a humble man who knew his limitations, and still did whatever was
requested of him.
May he rest in peace.
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Australian health delegation takes expertise to Pakistan
Leaders in the Catholic health sector in Australia
have seen first-hand the significant challenges facing
Pakistan’s health system, including its network of
Catholic hospitals and aged care services.
Catholic Health Australia (CHA) chair Rowena McNally
and Cabrini Health’s David Nowell joined Columban
Fr Robert McCulloch, Procurator-General of the
Missionary Society of St Columban, on a 10-day trip
to Pakistan in January, visiting hospital, church and
government officials. The visit was at the invitation of
Archbishop Joseph Coutts of Karachi, President of the
Pakistan Catholic Bishops’ Conference.
A number of meetings with government officials,
including Governor of Sindh Dr Ishrat ul Ebad Khan,
Nishan-e-Imtiaz, afforded the opportunity to discuss
the work of the Catholic Church in Pakistan.
Photo: (L-R) Columban Fr Robert McCulloch, David Nowell, Rowena McNally
A number of possible opportunities for collaboration
and Archbishop Joseph Coutts of Karachi.
between the government and the Catholic Church’s
health services in Pakistan were also identified.
The group visited a number of hospitals including St Elizabeth Hospital in Hyderabad, where they met the hospital
administrator and staff, including Patras Inayat, who trained in Australia in palliative care.
St Elizabeth Hospital is a 100-bed hospital that serves the people of Hyderabad and the lower areas of Sindh province.
It is the sole medical provider for 12,000 people in the nearby villages. The hospital also has a School of Midwifery.
“These tours were valuable in informing us as to the availability of trained personnel, resources and equipment, as
well as providing a comparative of other health care facilities in Karachi,” Ms McNally said.
“There is much that can be done to assist the various Catholic health and aged care services in Pakistan. Assistance
has begun already and no doubt will continue to flow from the various individual health and religious bodies in
Australia,” Ms McNally said.
A full report can read at: www.columban.org.au/
Columban News
We remember...
Fr John O’Hara (1930-2013)
Fr Leo Donnelly (1932-2014)
Columban Fr
John O’Hara died
on 20.12.13. On
Christmas Eve,
a large crowd
farewelled Fr
John including a
large contingent
of Koreans who
came to pay their
last respects.
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Columban Fr Leo
Donnelly died in
Peru on February
4, 2014. Fr Leo
lived with the
people of Peru,
stayed with them,
and was buried
among them. For
Fr Leo, it was a
sign of fidelity.
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New appointment
Columban Fr Tom Rouse will leave Fiji to take up a
new appointment at St Columban’s, Lower Hutt,
New Zealand. Fr Tom Rouse went to Fiji in 1976 and
during that time worked in many roles. We wish
him well in his new appointment.
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St Columban became ‘A Wanderer for
Christ’. One of his greatest sayings
summarises his life and his work,
‘Let us be of Christ not of ourselves’.