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Columban Seminarians Elbert Balbastro and Jerry Lohera talk about their experiences following their first mission assignments in Pakistan. 


Fr. John Boles on the streets of his parish in Lima, Peru

You might ask yourself what do the Holy Family and three “wise men” have to do with Columban missionaries. These men from the East only appear in Saint Matthew’s Gospel. And one of the themes of...


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The story begins in the early morning hours of December 9, 1531, when a 57-year-old Indian peasant named...

   By Sr. Margaret Devine

Christmas is a festival of children.

   By Fr. Shay Cullen
The "original crafters and Fr. Vinnie in 2001

The Subanens are an indigenous people whose ancestral habitat is the highlands of northwest Mindanao in...

   By Fr. Vincent Busch

Chased from his parish by a volcano! That is the story of Fr. Laurence Lulkon.

   By Fr. Donal McIlraith

December, January and February are the wedding months.

   By Fr. Tony Cavanagh

Every morning on my way to the office I often see a woman with a dog in a small playground outside the...

   By Vida Amor Hequilan


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Myanmar (formerly Burma) in Southeast Asia is a nation of scintillating beauty, copious resources and a wonderfully diverse population. There are eight major tribes and 135 subtribes. This a colorful nation which was once the envy of Southeast Asia. Despite great resources, Myanmar looks for aid from rich countries.

A few years ago, I had the privilege of visiting Myanmar and had dinner with Archbishop Bo. His nation has been wounded by festering civil wars for six of the seven decades of its existence. Much blood and many tears have been shed.

The numbers are daunting: nearly a million internally displaced people, nearly a million fled as refugees, and nearly four million forced into distress migration, while twenty-two internal conflicts continue to simmer.

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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

Columban Fr. Palanapa Tavo gives communion to the sick

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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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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