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It is in the spirit of Christmas that we invite members from different religions to join us.

Christmas in Myanmar

As I prepare for Christmas this year, my thoughts are with the people of Myanmar with whom I have celebrated Christmas since 2007. I lived in a community in Mandalay.

Sr. Margaret Murphy

December 18, 2017
From left, Roi Twang, Ma Naw and Zau Ing

The Holy Family of Today

Columban Sister Mary Dillon works in Myanmar amongst those living with the HIV virus. We publish below her letter of thanks to her supporters.

Sr. Mary Dillon

December 13, 2017

I Have to Take a Risk

"I have to be in Myanmar. I have to go. I have to take a risk. I know there will be a lot of frustration, difficulties and struggles, yet inside my heart I hear the voice of God gently saying, 'Go! You must go, you have to go.'"

Fr. Rafael Ramirez

November 6, 2017
A Kachin woman weaving

Myanmar's Displaced Persons

In late January 2017, Columban Fr. Pat Colgan (General Councillor with responsibility for Myanmar) and Columban Fr. Jovito Dales (the Society's Bursar General) visited boarding houses and internally displaced persons' (IDP) camps which the Columbans support in Myanmar.

Fr. Patrick Colgan

October 23, 2017

Is It Too Late?

I used to work with the prison ministry as a seminarian, visiting the national penitentiary called Bilibid, a place for the "rejected and discarded," both young and old men and women deemed "worthless" by society, their communities and even by their own families and friends.

By Fr. Kurt Zion Pala

October 11, 2017

In the Spirit of Gratitude, Generosity and Joy

The generosity of God's love and that of the Columban Fathers who have gone before us starting with Galvin, Blowick and companions up to those who are still with us at present is what inspired me in my call to mission.

By Arleene B. Vallahermosa

October 4, 2017
Fr. Kurt and his father

Climbing Our Mountains

I grew up with nothing but fear and distance from my father. It seems there was a mountain between us. I envied my friends who had great relationships with their fathers. But this changed. I grew up. One of the last few things we did was climb the highest peak in Iligan City.

By Fr. Kurt Zion Pala

August 1, 2017


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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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