HOPEFUL NOT HOPELESS

By Bill Firman (Solidarity with South Sudan) – I have sometimes been asked what hope is there for South Sudan? Tribal divisions have become very deep, and almost everybody has lost relatives and friends in this senseless violence. Amnesty International quotes a staggering, horrible statistic: ‘A survey conducted in 2015 by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) found that 72% […]

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‘THANKS, ST. DANIEL COMBONI, FOR HAVING FOUNDED THE INSTITUTE’: MESSAGE FOR THE COMBONI DAY 2017

Letter of the General Council of the Comboni Missionaries on the occasion of the feast day of St. Daniel Comboni: 10 October 2017. “Sing to the Lord, all the earth… Enter the temple gates with thanksgiving… Bless his name. The Lord is good, his love is eternal and his faithfulness lasts for ever” (Psalm 100). Dear confreres, Happy St. Daniel […]

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COMBONI MISSIONARIES BEGIN RENEWAL COURSE

A Eucharistic celebration marked the begging of the 18th edition of the Comboni Year of Ongoing Formation in Rome this Thursday 21 September. The ‘Comboni Year’ is a renewal course for missionaries that have done over ten years of missionary service. A group of twenty-three Comboni missionaries participate in this ongoing formation activity.  They work in 13 countries in Africa, […]

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MUSHROOM LEADERSHIP

By Bill Firman – SSS – There are many different styles of Leadership. In 1978, I read a parable in a Hong Kong newspaper that caught my attention and I have used it many times since in talking about leadership. At that time the Soviet Union had been led by only four General Secretaries, or Presidents, who held the positions […]

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