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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

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

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

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

Wedding Season in Sindh

December, January and February are the wedding months. All the Parkari parishes here are busy attending weddings and being involved in some of the preparations. The wider Sindhi society is much the same. There are weddings on the move constantly.

By Fr. Tony Cavanagh
November 25, 2019

A Journey of Prayer

The easiest way for me to write about prayer is to speak of my own journey with God. I say this because prayer is a particular experience for each person. It is an experience of a conscious relationship with God that has all the ups and downs of any other relationship.

By Fr. Joseph Joyce
October 1, 2019
Fr. Patrick Colgan visiting the Parkari Kholi community.

Beauty and Meaning

In mid-January 2018, I spent a few days with our Columban missionaries in the parish of Badin, Pakistan, before attending a meeting of our Columban missionaries living and working in Pakistan. Badin is in the interior Sindh Province and is served by Columban Frs. Tony Cavanagh and Dan O'Connor.

Fr Patrick Colgan

June 11, 2018
Asma Jahangir was a champion for human rights, justice

Death of Asma - The Brave Human Rights Battler of Pakistan

When I was told of the death of Asma Jahangir I thought that she may have been assassinated. On February 11, 2018, she collapsed while on a telephone call and died suddenly of a brain hemorrhage. She has left behind her husband, two daughters and a son.

Fr. Dan O'Connor April 2, 2018
Yivli Minaret Mosque

From the Minarets and Mosques in Pakistan ...

After 34 years of missionary work in Pakistan, I came to Rome at the end of 2011 to serve as the procurator-general of the Missionary Society of St. Columban.

Fr. Robert McCulloch

February 28, 2018
Patients wait for the clinic to open.

Amen to the Greatness of God

"Allahu akbar, God is greater,' begins the call to prayer from the loud speakers of the thousands of mosques throughout Pakistan. We absolutely say AMEN to the GREATNESS of GOD.

Fr. Dan O'Connor

February 23, 2018


In the middle of the night, with the wedding guests gathered around, the groom is led to a specially-prepared canopy. There, he is seated, facing north. A short time later, his bride is led in and is seated next to him.

January 2, 2018
Columban Fr. Daniel O'Connor and friends

There's a Kiwi in the House!

When Dan O'Connor first arrived at the Columban House in Lahore, Pakistan, in 1983, he was greeted with "There's a Kiwi in the house!" And indeed he was a "Kiwi" hailing from Hokitika on New Zealand's South Island.

Ellen Teague

November 8, 2017


When I lived in Pakistan I was part of the 1.6 percent who are Christians in this predominantly Muslim country which has an estimated 203 million people. In Pakistan many Muslims have hardly ever met a Christian and certainly do not know anything about the Christian faith.

Louis Ybanez

October 2, 2017

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