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Mission News


Since the damaging floods last monsoon season, the villages that were affected here in Badin parish have recovered remarkably well. My last…

At the close of 2022 (At the dawn of 2023) we look back in gratitude not only on the year gone by, but also on the life of Pope Emeritus Benedict…

One of the main issues is food security for poor families in rural areas who have lost livestock and crops and in many cases in some of the worst…

Retreat participants show their handiwork
Participants of the Lenten Art Recollection show their handiwork.

Fr. Antiquera Uses Art 
in Lenten Recollection

Columban Fr. Jason Antiquera lives and works in South Korea. Thanks to Columban benefactors like you, after a two-year hiatus due to COVID, he was finally able to enrich the lives of his parishioners by hosting a face-to-face Lenten recollection.
I am happy to be able to share with you his thoughts on this very unique and effective way to contemplate Jesus’ journey to the cross. The entire Lenten recollection focused on …

Stories from Columban Missions


lit candles in a darkened church
Rebirth and Renewal

When I arrived in Myitkyina, Kachin State, Myanmar (formerly Burma) in 2017, I was very conscious that I was following in the footsteps of the…

Yellow rose
When God Speaks Through the Bush

In the Bible God spoke to Moses through the Burning Bush in Exodus Chapter 3 giving him a special message. I never thought that God would also…

A Peaky Blinders statue on a building
In the Shadow of the Peaky Blinders Gang

Columban lay missionary Mauricio Silva stands in the shadow of a giant mural featuring Cillian Murphy, star of the television show “Peaky Blinders…

Migrant woman emproidering
Weaving Community

For more than 25 years, the Missionary Society of St. Columban has worked in one of the most impoverished areas of the U.S./Mexico border: Rancho…

star-filled cosmos
A Hope that Transcends

Holy Trinity Church in Xiantao, China, was filled to capacity for the vigil Mass on Christmas Eve last year, the presence of face masks a solemn…

manger scene
The Full Story of Christmas

The liturgical life of the Church tells the story of what God is doing in the world. This may seem like a strange thing to say. Most of us grew up…

People of different religious traditions celebrate together at Christmas
Christmas with a Hindu Flavor

I received a letter at the beginning of Advent last year inviting me, along with the youth of the parish, to “a Christmas feast to commemorate…

Columban Fr. Frank Hoare playing Santa Claus
A Christmas Surprise

Maybe it was because I wasn’t wearing the required red robes or lacked a white beard, but the reaction of the male children to being offered a…

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…

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…