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To spread cheer and solidarity over the season of Advent and Christmas with the goal of spreading hope to everyone, the Columban Lay Missionaries…

Columban seminarians and formation staff from Korea, Fiji and the Philippines offer short videos with Christmas carols to Columbans, staff and…

Columban Fr. Jim Mulroney speaks with Fr. Bernard McDermott who is from Britain and had worked in Philippines, Taiwan, Australia and the UK as a…

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.

 

Columban Missionaries Bring Dignity to Those They Serve

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 …

Stories from Columban Missions


Religious tradition of Posada

Nine days before Christmas, the Christian community where I live takes part in what they call the “Posada.” It’s an annual tradition of faith…

Christmas away from home during the pandemic

Christmas is a time of peace and happiness within the family, but Christmas 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic had some disruptive twists…

From left, Bernard, Fr. Pat and Bobby

Atil Kumar Singh (aka Bobby) is an Indo-Fijian carpenter who lives beside a Fijian village called

A Christmas visit

On December 19, 2020, 29 years and three days after his burial in Lautoka, Fiji, a small group went from Ba parish to investigate the condition of…

The world that God loves

The Subanens are an indigenous people whose ancestral habitat is the highlands of Western Mindanao in the Philippines. Guided by the Columban…

Merry Christmas from Preda

We are sharing with you some of the highlights of the work of Preda Foundation and wish you all a blessed Christmas. As many as 100 children have…

Challenges of gift giving

Ping-pong played an instrumental part in thawing the freeze between the People’s Republic of China and the United States of America in the 1970s.…

Christmas greetings

Christmas greetings to you, and I hope this finds you and your loved ones well and in good health. It is hard to believe that another year is…

Trust in the Lord

As I write this, it is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. A few days from now would already be Christmas day. This is the most holy and…

From the Director

Fr. John Burger, U.S. Director

Truly Something Special

In the midst of all the busyness that encumbers the days leading up to Christmas there is a desperate need for a moment of silent wonder as we are invited into the mystery that changes everything, the mystery of the incarnation. In our soul we know this mystery needs to be celebrated by more than wrapping presents and overeating!

We want to see and touch and be seen and touched by the Divine child. We long to experience and share in the hope and joy this holy night promises. The angels appeared to shepherds: “Do not be afraid…A savior is born for all people…and here is the sign…you will find a child lying in a manger.” In our worldly view we might quibble, “What do you mean ‘lying in a manger?…in a stable?’ What kind of savior is born in a stable?” Yet centuries of prophesies…