After every atrocity in the global city there are days of discussion and debate as to why such acts are happening. Blame is thrown around at the individuals who perpetrated the atrocity and the organizations with which they are associated. Seldom is an overall critical analysis made of the causes of terrorism and its solution. There seems to be an assumption that what is happening at a distance should stay out there where the conflict is taking place.

Daily Prayer - Prayer for the School Year

Spirit of God,
fill our hearts with a desire
to seek truth and rejoice in beauty.
Help us to know what is pleasing to you 
and to understand what is right and good in your sight. 
Give us the spirit of learning 
that we may please you by our thoughts 
and love you in your creation. 
Give all teachers your constant encouragement 
and guide them in their good work. 
Spirit of God, make us effective witnesses of your truth 
to all whose lives we touch. 
We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord. 

Daily Prayer - Protect Me

O My God, I adore You 
and I love You with all my heart. 
I thank You for having created me, 
for having made me a Catholic 
and for having watched over me this day. 
Pardon me for the evil I have done this day; 
and if I have done any good, 
deign to accept it. 
Watch over me while I take my rest 
and deliver me from danger. 
May Your grace be always with me.

My Experiences as a Columban Lay Missionary

Before sharing some memories of my experience as a lay missionary, I would like to thank the Columban Fathers for giving me the opportunity to live one of the greatest life experiences I have ever had. After having finished my time as a lay missionary, I can assure you that nothing is by chance, that God has a plan for each one of us, that every person we know teaches us something and contributes to our spiritual growth and to the profound knowledge of God in our own life.

Daily Prayer - Salve Regina

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy.
Hail our life, our sweetness and our hope!
To You do we cry, poor banished children of Eve!
To You do we send up our sighs;
mourning and weeping in this vale of tears!
Turn, most gracious Advocate,
your eyes of mercy toward us;
and after this, our exile,
show unto us the blessed fruit of Your womb, Jesus!
O Clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!

Daily Prayer - Prayer of the Heart

Saint Michael,
your heart was filled with great charity 
for God and man. 
Our Lord returned your love 
and allowed you to exchange mystically 
your heart with His. 
Pray for all whose hearts 
are afflicted with illness, fear, or loneliness. 
Teach us to be resigned to God's will 
in all the trials and sicknesses. 
Help us to live as you lived - 
to do good now and for eternity. 


100 Points of Light - 2010


The Korean War, to which many in the United States refer as the “Forgotten War,” was six decades in the past by 2010, although the paranoid rogue state of North Korea still served as a chilling reminder of the conflict.

Tens of thousands of U.S. troops died in this horrific war, along with untold hundreds of thousands of Koreans and Chinese. Tragically, the Korean War’s bloodshed also affected the Columban Fathers.

Daily Prayer - Salvation of the World

Father, hear our prayers for the salvation of the world. 
Grant Mercy to all souls that turned away from You. 
Open their hearts and minds with Your light.

Gather Your children from the east and the west, 
from the north and the south.

Have mercy O God on those who do not know You. 
Bring them out of darkness into Your light. 
You are our saving God 
Who leads us in our salvation. 
Protect us from evil.


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