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It has been more than three months since the massive flood hit Pakistan particularly Sindh as the most damaged province in terms of infrastructure…

The children participating in the Warmi Huasi program in Ayacucho, Peru wish everyone Feliz Navidad or Merry Christmas. Ayacucho is located in the…

Columban Seminarians Hongseok Shim and "Joseph" Seong Yo-seob, who are both from Korea, talk about their life and work in Chile. Hongseok talks…

Sr. Juliette with the cemetery children
Sr. Julietta with the cemetery children


Hope, Peace, Love and Joy

Merry Christmas greetings to you and yours! I pray that as we approach the special season of Advent, that you are well and looking forward to spending time with those dearest to you. Columban missionaries are often far from their families at Christmas time. Fortunately, they are warmly welcomed by their new families on mission and are blessed with learning new and different ways to celebrate the birth of the Infant Jesus.

Of course, many Columban missionaries are sent to live and work in areas that are …

Stories from Columban Missions

Children fishing from a rock
Advent Retreat

Each year, at the beginning of December, as those around him begin preparing their Christmas shopping list, Ben begins preparing his fishing gear…

Children with their new school supplies
Land of Dreams

The Columban parish of Sagrado Corazón de Jesús is located on the “pampa” (desert plains) above the port city of Iquique in a municipality called…

Diary - In So Many Words
Faith That Risks All

She was a young Jewish girl who was engaged to the young village carpenter.

Tree branch hangs above tall grass
The Power of Volunteering

Foggy and grey. These are the words that come to my mind when I think of London as in the films or books which I came across in my childhood. They…

Fr. John with Columban seminarians
Fifty Years in Fiji

“Do this in memory of me.” Following Christ’s command, on Easter Sunday, April 2, 1972, Bishop John McCormack of Meath ordained John McEvoy and…

Empty chairs lined up outdoors

Researching the difference between the words “change” and “transformation” recently, I came across the following statement: “Change is a response…

CSAM students
All the Fish Died

The Kachins love to fish. During the rainy season, when the river and stream waters are high and when empty dry ponds are filled with water, the…

Gertrude at St. Joseph's
God’s Architects

Augustus Welby Pugin (1812- 1852) was arguably the greatest architect-designer of 19th century England. The son of a refugee from the French…

Displaced birds in flight across a blue sky
An Unnoticed Displacement Crisis

According to recent reports from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, 5.9 million people have fled Venezuela in the last few years.…

From the Director

Fr. Chris Saenz, U.S. Director
Fr. Chris Saenz

The Great Gift

As a child, I enjoyed Christmas for the presents. Weeks before Christmas, I would be searching the house looking for where my parents hid the presents. Once found, I would take the present out of the box and play with it when I was home alone. Of course, when I heard my parents arriving, I quickly ran to put it back. It was bit of a cat and mouse game that I oddly enjoyed. All I could think of was that one day this football will be completely mine!

When I went on mission to Chile, I came to celebrate Christmas in a different way. In Chile, Christmas was not about receiving…