Columban Fr. Dan Troy with parishioners of Holy Family Parish
Columban Fr. Dan Troy (front row, second from left) with parishioners of Holy Family Parish

 

 

 

Dear Columban Friends,

Columban Fr. Ed O'Connell listens intently
Columban Fr. Ed O'Connell listens intently to a lesson at the Warmi Huasi homework club in Lima, Peru. Fr. Ed started the afterschool program to help children with their studies.

As we begin the season of Advent and prepare for the coming of the Christ-child at Christmas, there is no better time to be reminded that mission is about people of faith consumed with the love of God. There is no other way to explain the loving commitment of Columban missionaries to the poor and disenfranchised of the world. The fire that burns inside them warms the hearts of the people they are called to serve.

Through unwavering faith in Christ, our Columban priests and lay missionaries face hardships that are not ordinary to most of us. They work tirelessly in corners of the world where human suffering leaves so many in despair.

Every day these dedicated missionaries seek to bring dignity into the lives of those they serve. But these devoted servants cannot continue their work without your help. They need your generosity and prayerful support to truly change the world — one soul at a time!

As a fellow missionary, that is why I'm asking you to renew or continue your commitment to the Columban Fathers today — to help us make the Word of the Lord manifest in the lives of millions of people around the world. As a Columban Mission Sponsor, your partnership in Christ will help us to:

  • Provide shelter, nutrition, livelihood educational and faith formation opportunities for all God’s children
  • Proclaim the Good News and bring hope and healing to the suffering
  • Develop guidance, counseling and supportive programs and ministries to those most in need
  • Advocate for the poor and marginalized so that they may live a dignified and productive life.

Nurse takes blood pressure
A nurse takes the blood pressure of a woman at the mother and child healthcare clinic in Pakistan. The Columban-run clinic provides essential services to poor women in the Hyderabad Diocese.

Any gift you can send, large or small, will help us face the challenge issued by Pope Francis. Won't you help with our mission to bring the Good News mercy and justice to the poor? With your support we can bring the healing love of Christ into the hearts and lives of our brothers and sisters in need.

If you are unable to help us financially at this time, please remember in your prayers our missionaries and the people they serve. We are most grateful for your spiritual support.

In deep gratitude for all you are doing for our people in mission lands, we will offer 100 special Masses for your intentions during this Christmas Season. Be assured of our continued prayers for you and all those you cherish in the coming new year.

Gratefully Yours in the Infant Jesus,

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Fr. John Burger
Director, U.S. Region