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Columban Fr. Jim Mulroney speaks with Jerry Lohera from the Philippines who was recently ordained a Columban deacon.

What began as a desire to improve the look of a chapel's metal fire doors has became a beautiful mural of Sts. Peter and Paul painted by Columban…

Columban Fr. Jim Mulroney speaks with Columban Fr. Frank Hoare. He is a Regional Council member and Student Formation educator in Fiji and has…

Columban Lay Missionary Kevin Sheerin works with prisoners in Hong Kong
Columban Lay Missionary Kevin Sheerin works with prisoners in Hong Kong.

 

Columban Lay Missionary Finds Unique Way to Work with Prisoners

Columban lay missionary Kevin Sheerin currently is living and working in Hong Kong. While most regular activities are curtailed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Kevin has found a unique way to work with prisoners …

Stories from Columban Missions


Aidan and Praveena after the seven steps

The marriage ceremony was almost finished. It was time for the civil wedding. The groom’s younger brother had informed me that the witness from…

Communicating the Gospel

I have been sincerely trying to live out those words of Pope Francis. I would say my mission in Korea has been really inspiring, life-giving, self…

Diary - In So Many Words

Columban Fr.

Swallows beware

Since the middle of April, I have been watching out for the arrival of a particular kind of migrant, this time a winged one, a swallow. After a…

Formation group 2019

The crisis was looming. Fr. Hans (Swiss) and Fr. Rudy (Filippino) reacted differently when people came to ask about a marriage or the baptism of a…

I would like to introduce Mrs. Hanako Nishi. This holy lady had a profound influence on my approach to the crucifixion of Jesus. This influence…

Most of the fond memories that I have growing up were my involvement in Church activities. Reminiscing, I recalled that throughout the whole month…

As lay missionaries, when we are sent to another country for mission, the first thing we do is to learn their language. Since I joined the…

Back to the roots

When Covid-19 appeared on the scene, Columban missionaries all over the world had to react to the emergency. We all had to ask ourselves, “How can…

From the Director

Fr. John Burger, U.S. Director

The Cry of the Poor

As I write this, I just got off the phone with Father Bill Morton. You remember Father Bill. He is the Columban priest whose parish in Juarez, Mexico, abuts the U.S. border just west of El Paso.

This morning the problems at the border were featured on the national news, so I thought I would call Fr. Bill and find out what was happening from his vantage point. When I called he happened to be in conversation with a woman who is about to apply for an emergency visa so she can attend her brother’s funeral in Oklahoma. Family ties are strong, and they need to be attended to in times of grief. But so often the government rules and regulations prevent a nimble response. I hope she can travel.