Last November 23, we celebrated the 1,400 death anniversary of Saint Columban and here in the Philippine Church we celebrated 2015 as the “Year of the Poor”.
To mark these two occasions and to give more substance to them, I decided to organize the widows and widowers around San Columbano Retreat House, our former Columban Central house in Negros. This had been in my mind for some time.
We are calling this organization, in the language of the island (Illongo), “Asosasyon sang mga Balo ni San Columbano” or in English “Association of the Widows and Widowers of Saint Columban”. In Illongo the word for widow and widower is the same – Balo.