March/April 2018



Since the St. Joseph church compound was close to the central bus station, many homeless men came there. Some requested food, while others slept under the verandahs. When winter came and work on construction sites halted, their numbers increased significantly.

Fr. Timothy Mulroy

April 23, 2018
The power of touch

The Power of Touch

What is the largest organ of our body? The skin. This is probably the reason that among the senses, touch is the first to develop in the human infant, and it remains perhaps the most emotionally central throughout our lives But we have forgotten the power of touch.

Fr. Kurt Zion Pala

April 16, 2018
Columban priests who died on mission

They Died in Their Parishes

At the end of WWII, Korea was divided at the 38th parallel. Tensions between the two parts erupted into armed clashes which eventually ended with the invasion of the South by the North on Sunday morning June 25, 1950.

Fr. Donal O'Keefe

April 11, 2018
Matt's blessing

Matt's Blessing

Matt was a bachelor farmer. He was consigned to bachelorhood probably because his mother lived way beyond the Biblical three score and ten. He was the youngest of the family. His older siblings emigrated. The family farm slipped into his ownership.

Fr. Bobby Gilmore

April 9, 2018
Easter eggs

Easter Eggs at Veidrala

Veidrala village lies on the Northen coast of Nakorotubu in Ra, Fiji. The village had 85 houses before cyclone Winston and the deadly storm damaged 80 and left only five where the villagers took shelter.

Josfa Vasakula

April 2, 2018
Even the sparrow has bound a home.

Easter Challenge

Easter 2017 brought an unexpected challenge to the residents of St. Columban's Retirement Home, Bristol, Rhode Island.

March 26, 2018

What Is Happening?

January 6, 2017, was the Feast of the Epiphany also known as in Chile as La Pascua de los Negros (Passover of the Blacks). During colonial times this celebration was a rare opportunity for the black and mestizo slaves to celebrate.

Oisin Kenny

March 19, 2018
At Mass

Walking with Chilenos

Chile is a country that has its beauty in so many diverse ways that for the two years I had journeyed with the Columbans there I realized there is more to learn about mission then just going out and preaching the Gospel to the people.

Martin Koroiciri

March 12, 2018

Celebrating the Centennial Down Under

You travel a long way from the United States of America to reach Australia which is accurately described as "Down Under." New Zealand is also "Down Under," a little bit further down to the south and east.

Columban Missionaries, Australia/New Zealand Region

March 7, 2018

Prayer and Cricket

Miss Evelyn used to stand on the side of the Long Hill road near the junction. She waited for a lift to Mass each Sunday morning. To get there she had to climb down a steep incline, walk across the unused rail track and clamber a few more yards before she reached the road.

Fr. Bobby Gilmore

March 5, 2018

An Easter Surprise!

When the last group of Columban missionaries left Myanmar in 1979, they did so with heavy hearts.

By Fr. Tim Mulroy March 1, 2018
In So Many Words

In So Many Words

"Remember your last end," scripture admonishes us. Yet it seems that few people do, or maybe they remember when they attend a funeral or hear of a friend's death.

Sr. Redempta Twomey

March 1, 2018

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

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