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The gifts we bring

The Gifts We Bring

Shwebo dropped us at our last stop, and he headed off to return to his village, the Shwebo district from which he gets his name. We returned to the Sisters’ house and had dinner. The next day Columban Sr. Kathleen brought us to her Buddhist friends up the hills of Sagaing.

By Fr. Kurt Zion Pala
August 26, 2019
Fr. Neil Magill in an IDP camp

Patrick's Story

If you are from a very poor family living in a remote village with no electricity, no running water and poor transportation, you might feel depressed and feel the world is unfair. You would be right to think this way.

Fr. Neil Magill

July 23, 2018

Selfies, Smartphones and the Holy Spirit

What was the first thing you did when you entered the church today? I assume you dipped your finger in the holy water and made the sign of the cross. Making the sign of the cross affirms our faith in the Most Holy Trinity.

Fr. Kurt Zion Pala

May 16, 2018
Buddhist temple

Encounters in a Buddhist Monastery

My main interfaith experiences in the Philippines were with Muslims; things in Myanmar are very different given the very large majority Buddhist population. Last year, I spent one month in a Buddhist monastery, following their schedule of prayer and work.

Fr. Kurt Zion Pala May 1, 2018
The power of touch

The Power of Touch

What is the largest organ of our body? The skin. This is probably the reason that among the senses, touch is the first to develop in the human infant, and it remains perhaps the most emotionally central throughout our lives But we have forgotten the power of touch.

Fr. Kurt Zion Pala

April 16, 2018
Myitkyina orphanage

My One-of-a-Kind Adventure

Peter, a student at the HEC, as told to Columban Fr. Neil Magill

February 24, 2018
A volunteer works with children and the center

A Triad of Caring

Mission: To promote in all areas of society, with other social representatives, the defense and respect for the human rights of children and adolescents, so that they can opt for a dignified life, and be agents of change in the future.

Fr. Tony Coney

February 22, 2018

Poppies and Pain

Drugs have wrought havoc in Kachin State. Despite over 50 years of on-going warfare for independence from Myanmar, more Kachin people have died from drug-related problems than from the armed conflict.

February 21, 2018
Choosing Him

Choosing Him

Pope Francis has chosen the motto "Miserando atque eligendo," meaning lowly but chosen; literally in Latin "by having mercy, by choosing Him." I was reminded at a Lenten recollection facilitated by another Columban priest that only those who experienced real mercy will also be able to show so muc

Fr. Kurt Zion Pala

February 19, 2018

Love Is a Place

I used to really find it difficult to understand that my father and my mother loved me for who I am. I struggled growing up because I always feel I have to prove myself that I am the best son they could ever have. And the irony is that I am the only son.

Fr. Kurt Zion Pala

January 8, 2018
It is in the spirit of Christmas that we invite members from different religions to join us.

Christmas in Myanmar

As I prepare for Christmas this year, my thoughts are with the people of Myanmar with whom I have celebrated Christmas since 2007. I lived in a community in Mandalay.

Sr. Margaret Murphy

December 18, 2017
From left, Roi Twang, Ma Naw and Zau Ing

The Holy Family of Today

Columban Sister Mary Dillon works in Myanmar amongst those living with the HIV virus. We publish below her letter of thanks to her supporters.

Sr. Mary Dillon

December 13, 2017

I Have to Take a Risk

"I have to be in Myanmar. I have to go. I have to take a risk. I know there will be a lot of frustration, difficulties and struggles, yet inside my heart I hear the voice of God gently saying, 'Go! You must go, you have to go.'"

Fr. Rafael Ramirez

November 6, 2017
A Kachin woman weaving

Myanmar's Displaced Persons

In late January 2017, Columban Fr. Pat Colgan (General Councillor with responsibility for Myanmar) and Columban Fr. Jovito Dales (the Society's Bursar General) visited boarding houses and internally displaced persons' (IDP) camps which the Columbans support in Myanmar.

Fr. Patrick Colgan

October 23, 2017


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