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Stories from Columban Missions

Itaewon neighborhood perched on a low hill along the banks of the Han River
A Neighbor Nearby

The Korean proverb “A neighbor nearby is better than a distant relative” emphasizes the importance of having a good relationship with neighbors,…

Pink hibiscus flower
Mom's Last Lessons

My Mom, Marie, was a happy mother, giving me, together with Dad, a wonderful sense of security that I appreciated from my earliest years. I…

St. Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne, Australia
Led by the Spirit

On May 19, 1973, I was ordained a priest at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne, Australia, along with eleven other candidates. I was in Form 5 at…

Michael and friends
What's in a Name

When we make new acquaintances, our name is certainly the next big thing to be shared after an exchange of warm greetings. Some would even go as…

little girl walking
Chanda Is Walking

Recently a new parish has been created, and I was asked to minister to almost 300 families in thirteen villages spread around interior Sindh near…

Columban student Matang Moeniba from Kiribati helping a family peel garlic for sale.

Columban seminarians are helping to bring true hope to one of Manila’s most notorious slums. “This’ll be a real eye-opener,” Lydio told me, and he…