06 March 2009

Coping with mental health problems

The March-April issue of Misyon, the online magazine I edit on behalf of the Columbans in the Philippines, has been online since last Monday.

Father Tim Finigan kindly drew the attention of his readers on his blog, The Hermeneutic of Continuity , to an article, A Daughter's View on Manic Depression, by Elizabeth Parkes 11 when she wrote it, on how she helped her Mom, Jackie, cope with depression. Jackie has an article, The Agony and the Ecstasy, which she originally posted in her blog last November. Jackie has since taken a break from blogging. Father Tim highlighted Jackie’s article first time around.

The current issue of Misyon also has an article on Mary Doohan, a Dame of the Order of St Gregory the Great, 'for her work for the missions', which she accomplished by founding and developing The Little Way Association. Mary died last August at the age of 91 and one of her two Columban brothers, Father John, was buried here in the Philippines in January. Fr Liam dunne SVD, author of the article, compares Mary, born in County Clare, Ireland, as a missionary of the same stature as people such as Frank Duff, founder of the Legion of Mary, Fr Patrick Peyton CSC, 'The Rosary Priest' and Father (later Bishop) Edward Galvin and Fr John Blowick, founders of the Columbans.

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