December 2019

Sharing My Life

When people ask me about my job, I still hesitate with my answer. I find that I don’t fit in with a conventional category of any job listing. Even within our own Catholic tradition, many clergy find it strange when I answer that I am a lay missionary, along with my family.

By Nathalie Marytsch
January 27, 2020

The Joy of Sharing

One day, words on the poster at a local charity shop caught my attention.

By Kim Sunhee
January 20, 2020

Life on the Streets of Hong Kong

Simon unfurls his tattered sleeping bag under the shelter of a park pavilion in one of the biggest parks in Hong Kong, a city where sky-high property prices and a yawning wealth gap have helped fuel a surge in homelessness.

By Kevin Sheerin
January 13, 2020
Christmas Mass

Mission in the Mountains of Taiwan

It was a Sunday morning. I was turning the pages of my Mandarin Chinese prayer book looking for suitable prayers for the dead. I was in one of the eight villages of our parish in the Dabaijian mountains in Taiwan.

By Fr. Taaremon Matauea
January 6, 2020

Mission in a Muslim Country

Columban Fr. Daniel O’Connor is part of a small group of eight in the Hyderabad Diocese, Pakistan, where they manage a health and tuberculosis clinic in the Badin Parish Church Compound in the interior area of Sindh.

By Fr. Daniel O'Connor
December 30, 2019

The Journey of the Magi

The Christmas/Epiphany cycle offers us generous glimpses into the mystery of the birth and manifestation of Jesus. The story of the Magi comes at the end of these glimpses and rich reflections of the Christmas season.

By Sr. Kathleen Coyle
December 23, 2019

Christmas Present for a Missionary

I would like to share with you one of the most delightful Christmas presents that I have ever received. In the mission parish of Katase in Yokohama Diocese where I was stationed we had a special catechumenate class for couples where the wife was baptized, but the husband was not.

By Fr. Barry Cairns
December 18, 2019

Bringing God's Kingdom to Birth

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.” This insight comes from the pen of Helen Keller who, though blind herself, inspired countless others gifted with sight to discover its truth in their own lives.

By Sr. Roberta Ryan
December 16, 2019

Roses in December

The story begins in the early morning hours of December 9, 1531, when a 57-year-old Indian peasant named Juan Diego was walking along the path of Tepeyac Hill on the outskirts of Mexico City on his way to Mass.

By Sr. Margaret Devine
December 9, 2019

Born to Change the World

Christmas is a festival of children. We see images of a child born in a stable surrounded by animals with Mary and Joseph by the crib.

By Fr. Shay Cullen
December 4, 2019
The "original crafters and Fr. Vinnie in 2001

Christmas Cards Tell the Story

The Subanens are an indigenous people whose ancestral habitat is the highlands of northwest Mindanao in the Philippines.

By Fr. Vincent Busch
December 2, 2019

Our Place of Belonging



December 1, 2019

And on Earth Peace ...

Myanmar (formerly Burma) in Southeast Asia is a nation of scintillating beauty, copious resources and a wonderfully diverse population. There are eight major tribes and 135 subtribes. This a colorful nation which was once the envy of Southeast Asia.

By Fr. John Burger
December 1, 2019

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Columban logoThe Columbans are a society of missionaries, including priests and lay people, who minister to people of various cultures as a way of witnessing to the universal love of God.

We go in the name of the Church to announce, by deed and word, the Good News of Jesus Christ.

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