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Warmi Huasi is a small NGO I set up with other Columbans and three professional women in 2003 to accompany families in poverty and especially children at risk. Over the years, one of the main...


Columban Fr. Eamon Sheridan

Fr. Eamon Sheridan spend 20 years in Taiwan, served on the Columban General Counsel and is now on mission in Myanmar. He recently met with Columban Fr. Alvaro Patricio Martínez Ibáñez, a member of...


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The grim realities here at the U.S./Mexico border of El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, are the...

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I can still remember that feeling when I first applied to join the Columban lay missionaries. I was not...

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Sr. Tammy Saberon is a Filipina Columban missionary who ministered for many years in Hong Kong, and later...

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Church dance at juvenile center open day

One of the highlights of our week here in the Spiritual Year House is our visit to either the Prison...

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Fr. Frank Hoare baptizing by immersion, 1976

Seventy years ago, if a person wanted to become a Catholic they attended “convert classes.” A priest...

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One of Pope Francis’ most famous quotations is that those of us who are priests, we “shepherds,” should have the “smell of the sheep.” What a great, pungent image! Taking on the smell of the sheep will not be achieved by distancing ourselves from our people and their daily struggles. Sadly, there are probably no truer words in the Bible than, “the poor you will have always with you.”

Earlier this year, across the country, we were asked to practice “social distancing” for the good of everyone. Many priests used the telephone and email and social media and live streaming to be present to their people. But the poor do not have much access to cell phones or computers.

This Lent, Give Hope ...
  Transform the Lives of Others ...
    Change the World

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. 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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