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Fr. Edward “Ned” Galvin was born in Ireland in 1882, the oldest in a family of seven children. After he was ordained to the Catholic priesthood,…

As a faithful and generous Columban mission benefactor, you may recall that Columban Fr. Tim Mulroy served as Director of the U.S. Region from…

The pandemic has also had the effect of bringing out the BEST in many people, and it connected remarkable individuals who otherwise might never…

Fr. Dylan and Rafael chat in Santo Archangeles Parish, Lima
Fr. Dylan and Rafael chat in Santo Arcangeles Parish, Lima

 

Fr. Dylan Helps "Fellow Traveler" During Pandemic

Memories of an epic walk by Columban Fr. Dylan Tabaco were revived a decade later when he met Rafael in the Columban parish of Santos Arcangeles in Lima, Peru …

Stories from Columban Missions


Love Hour

I was raised in a Catholic family, and even though I had a deep desire to work as a volunteer in the church, due to my work commitment I did not…

Nanay with her children

In 2003 I met a wonderful lady named Andring Naliponquit whom I fondly refer to as “Nanay” (mother). She was 74 years old when I first met her 18…

Creativity and artistry in Sindh Province, Pakistan

With difficulty while speaking in Urdu, I was able to manage to ask this young lady if I could ta

Diary - In So Many Words

As human beings we are irradiated and nourished by love. We long for the exposure to the “beams of love” yet we fear what they might demand of us…

For months, my family has been faithful in praying the rosary as requested by Pope Francis after

In the parish of Hodogaya in Yokohama City, Japan, I was reaching a class of ten who were prepari

It was one fine Friday morning on the 21st of August when a young Hindu couple arrived to the parish’s tuberculosis clinic with their tiny baby.…

Parishioners helping Fr. Dylan distribute food

The Covid pandemic instigated hardship and tragedy to countless numbers throughout the world. However, it also has had the effect of bringing out…

Columban Lay Missionaries

2020 marked the 30th anniversary of the Columban Lay Missionary (CLM) program.

From the Director

Fr. John Burger, U.S. Director

Community of Believers

This month’s issue of Columban Mission is put together loosely around the theme of family life. Judging by the letters and prayer requests that come into our mission office, one issue that is worrying many people is that some family members, usually the young, are not attending Mass regularly.

My first memory of attending Mass is not a happy one. I think I was about four years old, and I just could not settle down and be quiet. My parents probably thought they had dressed me in an appropriate way for church. I am sure they thought I looked spiffy or adorable or both in a little brown and cream houndstooth woolen suit. What they did not realize was that the wool cloth was scratchy and kept me in a state of irritation that I was trying to overcome in the worst way by wriggling…