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Columban Father John Boles at El Paraiso in Peru

More than 4,000 years after residents of the El Paraiso settlement of Peru worshipped at their temple, Columban Missionaries celebrated Christmas Mass near the historic temple.

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Happy New Year! A new year inspires many of us to develop new and healthy habits, clean out our homes, or take up a new hobby. After the excesses of the Christmas season – the food, the gifts, the...

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Stories from Columban Missions


When people ask me about my job, I still hesitate with my answer.

   By Nathalie Marytsch

One day, words on the poster at a local charity shop caught my attention.

   By Kim Sunhee

Simon unfurls his tattered sleeping bag under the shelter of a park pavilion in one of the biggest parks...

   By Kevin Sheerin
Christmas Mass

It was a Sunday morning.

   By Fr. Taaremon Matauea
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   By Fr. Daniel O'Connor

The Christmas/Epiphany cycle offers us generous glimpses into the mystery of the birth and manifestation...

   By Sr. Kathleen Coyle

FROM THE DIRECTOR

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Myanmar (formerly Burma) in Southeast Asia is a nation of scintillating beauty, copious resources and a wonderfully diverse population. There are eight major tribes and 135 subtribes. This a colorful nation which was once the envy of Southeast Asia. Despite great resources, Myanmar looks for aid from rich countries.

A few years ago, I had the privilege of visiting Myanmar and had dinner with Archbishop Bo. His nation has been wounded by festering civil wars for six of the seven decades of its existence. Much blood and many tears have been shed.

The numbers are daunting: nearly a million internally displaced people, nearly a million fled as refugees, and nearly four million forced into distress migration, while twenty-two internal conflicts continue to simmer.

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Your prayers and gifts are changing the world! Sharing the Gospel calls us to put ourselves at the service of the poor. Columban missionaries feed the hungry, care for the sick, teach the poor and bring the light of Christ to people in Asia, South America and the Pacific rim. Find out how together we can change the world.

One who is gracious to a poor man lends to the LORD, and He will repay him for his good deed. — Proverbs 19:17

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Columban Fr. Palanapa Tavo gives communion to the sick

Adapting to the Needs of the People

The Columban Fathers is a great organization. As the role of mission changes around the world, the Columbans continue to adapt to the needs of the people they serve. Continuing to learn about where the Columbans are working via the Columban Mission magazine and talks by Columban priests reinforces our desire to give by making us more aware and appreciative of what the Columbans are doing around the world.
 —  Paul Hartnett

About us

Columban logoThe Columbans are a society of missionaries, including priests and lay people, who minister to people of various cultures as a way of witnessing to the universal love of God.

We go in the name of the Church to announce, by deed and word, the Good News of Jesus Christ.

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Missionary Society of St. Columban
1902 N. Calhoun
St, Columbans, NE 68056
Phone: 877-299-1920
Fax: 402-291-4984
email: mission@columban.org