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

These videos  show the work of the Warmi Huasi Project in Peru during 2021, the second year of the pandemic. They show how the Warmi Huasi team,…

"I have seen many humanitarian disasters in the world, but I have never seen climate carnage on this scale," this is a statement of UN General…

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


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
Transformation

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.…

The tail of a whale waves goodbye
Farewell Fr. J.J.

It was just before midday on Holy Thursday when the Archbishop called to say he would be around shortly to say farewell to Fr. J.J. Some time…

Avacado, onions, tomatos, eggs, mushrooms and leafy greens on a cutting board
A Meal that Comforts

It was in November 2020 that I first met Mike (not his real name). I was going to my office after home visitation in the urban areas of the Malate…

A cross on top of a rocky mountain
Resettling God's People

As the coronavirus pandemic sweeps across the globe for over two years now, it does not seem to deter the fear of thousands of people wanting to…

Diary - In So Many Words
Greater Good for All

This year International World Ocean’s Day ( June 8) focused attention on the theme Revitalization

From the Director

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

Earth, Wind, Sand, Sea

​“Seek no further concerning God; for those who wish to know the great depth (of God) must first learn about creation.” - St. Columban.

Like other early Irish saints, finding God in creation came naturally to St. Columban. Many legends grew up around him in at the monastery he founded in Luxeuil in northeast France. Squirrels and doves were pictured playing in the folds of his cowl. Birds also approached him and nestled in the palms of his hands. Even wild beasts obeyed his commands.

St. Columban’s biographer, the monk Jonas, relates how St. Columban once withdrew to…