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The St. Columban House of Hospitality for Migrants in Santiago, Chile, provides food, shelter, a bed, and a welcoming place to live. This video…

Columban Fr. John Boles, director of Britain, recently appeared on two episodes of the "Just Life" podcast on Radio Maria England. In March, he…

It’s a dark day. Faith is difficult to grasp. The sorrow that is difficult for the followers of Jesus to bear at this time of pending departure is…

Fr. Kurt with students in Myanmar
Fr. Kurt with students in Myanmar

 

Mission Work Challenging in Myanmar

Columban missionaries have long served in some of the most difficult places on earth. Myanmar (formerly Burma) is one of those places. Recently, Columban Fr. Kurt Zion Pala sent me the following update about his work in Myanmar. 

When I first arrived in Myanmar, I had to learn the Burmese language. For almost a year, I attended daily classes with local teachers. One of them is Saya Zenry. He is a graduate of the Teacher’s College and during the …

Stories from Columban Missions


Bananas, apples, mangos, kiwi and other fruit

I have been working with the youth at Our Mother of Divine Mercy Village (the Philippines) for some years now. The last few years have been beyond…

First Communion Group

During my years here in Chile, I have been always been interested in catechetics. The Chilean Church was among the first local churches in Latin…

Chaplaincy to the Chinese in Ireland

Irish missionaries have a long history of leaving their footprints in many countries worldwide. When I returned to Ireland some years ago, I…

Bread and wine signifying the Body and Blood of Christ

In early October 2021, Pope Francis formally opened the synod process at the Vatican with the theme: “For a Synodal Church: Communion,…

Diary - In So Many Words

If I could stand before the crucifixion of Jesus on Calvary what would I feel or think? What would I do or say? What would you do or say? The…

canoe on the water at sunset

In 2021, the Philippine Church celebrated half a millennium, 500 years, of Christianity. According to 2015 statistics, the population of the…

A Columban Sister speaks to a group at the Community of Hope Special Education Center in Ozamiz City, Philippines

The Community of Hope Special Education Center is a religious and charitable organization run by the Columban Sisters. It delivers services to…

Buildings along a street on a hillside of Peru

My mind was significantly shaped by mathematics, logic and informal debate. Thinking things through, stating a position and articulating the case…

Praying the rosary in front of a lit candle

Coming back to Taiwan as a second term lay missionary, I was very excited to go back to serve in the migrant ministry. I have a new assignment…

From the Director

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

Knowing Jesus

At the age of 21, I first felt the call to the priesthood. I was bewildered by this seemingly other worldly pull. There was no vision, no voice but just a feeling. It certainly didn’t come from me since I never entertained the thought of being a priest during my early years. So, how could this be? I fought against it for a few years, but eventually I concluded that it was from God. Yet, who was this faceless being that called me to His service? I began a search to know this God. In my prayers, I asked for some type of revelation, a sign, to reveal Himself. Maybe a concrete voice will talk to me. Maybe a vision will appear. Alas, no such thing happened. Thus, for me, the mystery of the Holy Spirit was ...