March/April 2020

Walk for Creation

Settling In

In August last year, I arrived at St. John the Apostle Parish in Natovi, Fiji, to begin my ministry, where, among other things I would help facilitate church programs, village activities, and bi-monthly Mass visitations.

By Lily Faunillan
April 27, 2020

Aging in Pakistan

“How old are you?” is a question that I’m very often asked in Pakistan, and when I tell my age, 75, the response is something like, “You look very fresh,” or “You’re still young.” But then, when I travel by bus or train, people will often say, “Let the old man sit down,” or “Can I help you, Baba

By Fr. Joseph Joyce
April 20, 2020

God Lights My Path

My name is Uakeia Tawaia, and I come from the Kiribati Islands. In 2016, I was studying Accounting at the Kiribati Institute of Technology (KIT) and was focused on completing my studies and finding a good job. There was no thought in my mind of becoming a missionary priest.

By Uakela Tawala
April 13, 2020

Youth Cross Walk 2019

The Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, or Udang Poi, is a huge celebration in the Diocese of Myitkyina, Myanmar (formerly Burma), which attracts thousands of people from all over the country.

By Fr. Kurt Zion Pala
April 6, 2020
Arlene (center) with other lay missionaries in Korea

Giving Honor

Every day in our lives we meet people of various ages and from different backgrounds. Many of them we don’t know but some of them we get to know and interact with. And maybe, in one way or the other, whether we know them personally or not, certain people make an impact on our life.

By Arlene Villahermosa
March 30, 2020

Pakistan Revisited

After completing my six year term as Regional Director for the Columbans in Ireland I had the opportunity to pay a return visit to Pakistan where I had worked for a number of years. Columban Fr. Tomas King and my classmate Columban Fr.

By Fr. Patrick Raleigh
March 23, 2020

Mountain Mission

It started, really, with an invitation from catechist Tobia to come and talk about the Marian Movement of Priests. I checked with the pastor, Fr.

By Fr. Donal McIlraith
March 16, 2020

Develop a Merciful Heart

Strolling along the path, I turned a corner and suddenly my eye caught a statue. At first, I was unsure if the figure was male or female, human or angelic, but its pose was striking and attractive. One arm was outstretched, holding a crown.

By Fr. Timothy Mulroy
March 9, 2020
The Sisters, Columban Fr. Michael Hoban and neighbors

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

For the past seven years, I have traveled on Fridays to the Carmelite monastery located in a mountain canyon known as the Cajon del Maipo. I go there to celebrate Mass for the cloistered Discalced Carmelite Sisters.

By Fr. Michael Hoban
March 5, 2020
Sihyeon and Columban Fr. Rolly with a youth group in the Philippines,

A Meeting of Cultures

On August 1, 2017, I travelled from the height of the Korean summer to an equally hot Philippines to study English.

By Sihyeon Teresa Bae
March 2, 2020

Three Important Hallmarks

Although all Columbans may not agree with me, I think our life as Columbans has three important hallmarks.

The first of these is our community life; despite living quite separately, we are a brotherhood. Many of us have lived alone in isolated places for years; the simple fact is that mission sometimes demands it. On the other hand, we Columbans are sometimes referred to as a “family.” Although a few of us are in fact related to each other in the normal way as brothers or cousins, and some have had sisters who are Columban Sisters, most of us are not held together by a family connection. Many of our relatives have been generous benefactors over the years, supporting Columban mission, not only by giving a son or a brother, but also by backing us financially and in numerous other ways. I think to say we are a family does say something about the way we live our lives, about the quality of our community life. I myself have been interacting with Columbans since the early 1960s.

By Fr. John Burger
March 1, 2020

Loneliness for God

“Loneliness has become a silent epidemic; it is, as one doctor wrote, ‘the most unrecognized health crisis of this generation.’ ”

By Sr. Redempta Twomey
March 1, 2020

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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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