25 October 2010

Fr Michael Sinnott and Columbans featured on Irish Mission Sunday poster

I arrived back in Bacolod City on Saturday night. While travelling I forgot all about World Mission Sunday, observed in Ireland and the USA and other countries yesterday, 24 October. For some reason the Philippines observed it on 17 October.

Only this morning I discovered that the Church in Ireland featured Fr Michael Sinnott and the Columbans in its poster for World Mission Sunday:

The photo on the right was taken, as far as I know, at Hangop Kabataan, the school started ten eyars ago by Fr Sinnott in Pagadian City for children with disabilities, especially those who are deaf or who have learning disabilities and mostg of whom come from very poor families.

In the third photo Fr Sinnott is with some Filipino Columban lay missionaries working in Ireland, reflecting the understaning of mission that came with Vatican ii, namely that the Church in every country should both send and receive.

Fr Sinnott and I happened to be both on the same flight from Dublin to Manila via Abu Dhabi on 14 october, neither of us knowing that the other was travelling till we met at Dublin Airport. Last Saturday he flew from Manila to Ozamiz City where he will be based while keeping an eye on Hangop Kabataan.

Fr Michael Sinnott with children and staff at Hangop Kabataan.

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