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It is part of our daily morning exercise routine for myself and my fellow lay missionary, Lenette Toledo,...

   by Michael Javier

The late art critic Sr.

   By Fr. Finbar Maxwell

Sharing my vocation story stirs up mixed feelings within me.

   By Mosese Yacalevu

“Hope springs eternal” goes the phrase, even in the saddest of situations, and surely none can be sadder...

   By Fr. John Boles
Jerry and other farm workers

There are many days when I am at home in the tribal villages in Sindh, Pakistan.

   By Jerry Lohera
Elbert out in the community.

Our mission partners and benefactors are very essential in the day-to-day life of the missionaries.

   By Elbert Balbastro

FROM THE DIRECTOR

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October with its blue skies and bright leaves is a time for appreciating the beauty of the earth. Appropriately, October 4 is the feast day of St. Francis.

For eight centuries, St. Francis has had a great influence on Christian spirituality and even on Western culture. But our present century with the tension between economic development and care for the planet, would benefit from still more of St. Francis’ wisdom. A genuine prophet, St. Francis was not fooled by the appearance of things but understood truly important things at a deep level. I think this makes his teachings particularly relevant for our times.

For example, consider if you will this quotation from St. Francis, “If you have people who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have those who will deal likewise...

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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. John Greene delivers groceries

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

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

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