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Fr. Edward “Ned” Galvin was born in Ireland in 1882, the oldest in a family of seven children. After he was ordained to the Catholic priesthood,…

As a faithful and generous Columban mission benefactor, you may recall that Columban Fr. Tim Mulroy served as Director of the U.S. Region from…

Columban lay missionary Marjorie Engcoy formally launched the Sema Livelihood Program in St. Pius X Parish in Fiji on International Women’s Day,…

Fr. Jason teaches the gospel through art
Members of Sema Livelihood Project recycling water bottles.

Sema Livelihood Program Celebrates Giftedness, Strength of Women

Columban lay missionary Marjorie Engcoy formally launched the Sema Livelihood Program in St. Pius X Parish in Fiji on International Women’s Day, March 8, 2020, to celebrate the giftedness of women and …

Stories from Columban Missions


Columban Lay Missionaries

2020 marked the 30th anniversary of the Columban Lay Missionary (CLM) program.

Anniversary Celebration

The Sema Livelihood Program began as a recycling project for the interested women in the parish d

Remembering Father Fix-it

This was the scene when the first three intrepid Columbans arrived from Ireland in 1952 to start our mission in Lima. The words are those of one…

Columban Zoom meeting

The pandemic impacted everyone; I saw it as a crisis, because it limited my experience in Peru.

Iowane the gardener!

My name is Iowane Naio, a Columban seminarian from Fiji, doing my First Mission Assignment program in Lima, Peru, with the Columbans. I live in a…

Fr. Hoban's travels

In March 2020, I was enjoying the sabbatical program “Ministry to Ministers” at the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas, when the…

Diary - In So Many Words

I thought I’d share a few of my reflections with you concerning the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fr. Barry and young parishioners

I never thought that my photo would be on the front cover of a book – admittedly with fourteen others! All of us, in our 80s, are foreign…

Meeting the locals

Part of life while growing up was the occasional phone call I would receive from my uncle, Columb

From the Director

Fr. John Burger, U.S. Director

Philosophy of Life

Have you ever thought about whether you have a philosophy of life? For most people it would probably sound pretentious to say you have one. But whether we are conscious of it or not, most of us so live according to a set of values that guide what we do and how we do it.

For example, we can agree that to exist is a valuable thing. We haven’t committed suicide and want that person in the ambulance to make it to the emergency room, so we pull our car out of the way.

We Americans grew up hearing these “self-evident” lines from the Declaration of Independence, “We hold … that all men are created equal,” and we know that this implies that treating people with equal dignity is doing the creator’s will.