2023 Columban Christmas Appeal
To all our companions in mission,
Greetings from Lower Hutt. I trust that you are all keeping well.
Despite the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and recent cyclones and floods, Columban missionaries are working in various countries around the world trying to improve the life and health of people among whom they live. In Fiji, Columbans support women who use their weaving or craft skills to provide for their families. In Peru, Columbans helped to develop a program whereby needy families can be empowered to improve the quality of their lives and the lives of their communities. In Myanmar, Columbans run a centre that offers a recovery program for people of diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds.
These projects are very much part of our work as missionaries. Jesus reached out to people in need. He calls upon us to walk in his footsteps and provide for those around us, especially people experiencing poverty and the needy.
As we recall Jesus’ birth in a lowly stable this coming Christmas, we pray for peace and goodwill, especially in a world witnessing too much violence and conflict. Thank you for your wonderful generosity and support, without which the various Columban projects worldwide could not continue.
Fr Tom Rouse
Regional Councillor of Oceania