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February 27, 2018

Look down upon Your household, O Lord,
and grant that our souls,
chastened by the mortification of the flesh,
may glow in Your sight with the desire for You.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
Who lives and reigns with You
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God
world without end.


February 26, 2018
Isabel and her son

Chile is one of the developing countries in the world in terms of infrastructure, economy and business with good salary rates that catch the attention of workers in foreign countries especially those countries that are not so progressive. In my everyday life here in Santiago, I encounter not only Chilean people but also people from different countries.

February 26, 2018
Taiwan parishioners on pilgrimmage

In my eleven years of ministering to the Atayal people of Miaoli County in Taiwan, I've listened to numerous stories about how God makes His presence felt in the lives of others. One story that touched me and left a deep impression in me is that of Yada Umon. Hers is a story that has really inspired me and others in the parish to live our faith and become more active members of the Church.

February 26, 2018

Almighty God,
You know the perils that surround me,
and how easy it would be for me to slip and fall.
Give me the wisdom that I need to do Your bidding,
and avoid the snares that are set before me.

My path is dark before me.
Send Your Holy Spirit to fill me with your light,
and to guide me.

February 25, 2018
A Hundred Years Young

We Columbans will celebrate our centenary from November 2017 to November 2018. This reflects the fact that we were canonically recognized as a missionary Society by Bishop O'Dea of Galway, Ireland, on June 29, 1918, the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul. We now recognize this as our foundation day.

February 25, 2018

Dear God, help me to walk with you throughout the day.
Give me today
some of the wisdom that is in Your words,
some of the love that is in your heart,
some of the help that is in your hands.
Give me today
some of Your patience with people,
some of Your ability to bear slights and insults
and bitterness without resentment,

February 24, 2018
Columban Fr. Charles Duster (center) at the Fiji Solevu Catholic mission

My most vivid memory of 30 years in Fiji is that of drifting at sea in a storm. It was January 2003, and Cyclone Ami had done great damage in the north. I was taking food to the island of Rabi. Fr. Taaremon Matauea is now a Columban in Taiwan, but then he was a seminarian and had sent me a distress call. He and his brother-in-law, Catechist Tampa, came to collect me and the food.

February 24, 2018
Myitkyina orphanage

I am Peter, and I am a third year student at Columban Fr. Neil's Higher Education Center [HEC] in Mandalay, Myanmar (formerly Burma). We get two weeks holiday during the academic year, but most of the 90 students at the HEC cannot go home because our homes are so far away from Mandalay and it is too expensive to travel. Fr. Neil discussed with us what we might do during our break, and we all agreed that we should spend the holiday with the children in orphanages and in the camps in the Kachin State

February 24, 2018

Loving Lord Jesus,
whose hands are underneath our lowest feelings
to support us as we rest in you.
Hold me in this dark place 
and sustain my life with your hope.
Let the light of your love warm my heart,
and your Holy Spirit, the comforter,
be with me to lift me up.


February 23, 2018
Patients wait for the clinic to open.

"Allahu akbar, God is greater,' begins the call to prayer from the loud speakers of the thousands of mosques throughout Pakistan. We absolutely say AMEN to the GREATNESS of GOD. Pakistan has a population of two hundred million people of whom about 96% are Muslim, 2% Christian, and 2% Hindu.


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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
P.O. Box 10
St, Columbans, NE 68056
Phone: 877-299-1920
Fax: 402-291-4984