Columban Response to Coronavirus

The Coronavirus Pandemic has spread across the world, leaving uncertainty in its wake. Like everyone else, Columban missionaries are adapting to life during this crisis. Below are reflections, prayers and stories of Columban missionaries as they respond to life's challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 


 

May 1, 2020

Columban Fr. Frank Hoare talks about our frustration surrounding Coronavirus restrictions. The grieving of a loss of normal is the first step in allowing ourselves to move forward.

 

April 27, 2020

The sixth in the series of Columban Prayers for the World during this worldwide coronavirus pandemic, Columban Lay Missionary Ger and Faith in Action volunteer Orla offer a prayer "Holy Spirit Come" during this time of uncertainty.

 

April 22, 2020

The fifth in the series of Columban Prayers for the World during this coronavirus pandemic, Columban Lay Missionaries Vida, Catherine and Kevin, working in Hong Kong give words of hope and encouragement during these difficult times.

 

April 22, 2020
Fr. Edward O'Connell

On the 15th March, a Sunday evening, the President of Peru declared a State of Emergency from the 16th, which meant none of us, except those with essential tasks to fulfill, can leave their homes until the 30th March. It was extended on Thursday 26th, for 13 days, and then on Wednesday 8th April the lockdown was further extended to the 26th April. The curfew now is from 6pm to 4am.

April 20, 2020
Columban Fr. John Boles, Peru

The third in the series of Columban Prayers for the World during this worldwide coronavirus pandemic, Columban Fr. John Boles, who has been working in Peru for more than 25 years, gives a special blessing while standing in front of a special needs school for poor families.

April 20, 2020
Fr. Sean Conneely, South Korea

The fourth in the series of Columban Prayers for the World during this coronavirus pandemic, Columban Fr. Sean Conneely, working in Seoul, South Korea gives a blessing for all the nurses, doctors and volunteers caring for the sick during this pandemic.

 

April 17, 2020

The church has many things in her rich storehouse of traditions, and one of them is the practice of spiritual communion. There is no fixed formula. But for an idea of how to pray a spiritual communion prayer, let us turn to St. Alphonus Ligouri.

April 16, 2020

The second in the series of Columban Prayers for the World during this worldwide coronavirus pandemic, Columban Fr. John Burger, U.S. Regional Director, gives a message of hope.

 

April 15, 2020

The first in the series of Columban Prayers for the World during this worldwide coronavirus pandemic, three Columban Missionary priests from Britain give blessings in different languages to encourage us to stay safe and trust in Almighty God during these difficult and challenging times.

April 13, 2020

Towards the middle of March, when the entire island of Luzon in the Philippines was declared under community quarantine to control the spread of COVID-19, I was in my hometown — a small municipality in northern Luzon. There, the people were experiencing a lot of anxiety in the face of uncertainty about the impact of 

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