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Fr. Napa celebrates a Peruvian wedding.

Starting from Zero

I arrived in Peru thinking that it wouldn’t be very challenging. I was sent straight away to Bolivia to learn Spanish. When I arrived there my host family was waiting for me at the airport with my name written on a piece of paper. We waved to each other. Then we went to their home in silence.

By Fr. Palanapa Tavo
September 9, 2019
Children in class

A Letter from the T'ikariy House in Peru

Dear Friends of the Children of Cusco, Peru:

By Fr. Young-In Kim
September 2, 2019
Enjoying recess with my students (L-R: Sabastian, Jose, Mini, Valentina and Juan)

Unanticipated Education

It started out like any other normal evening meal in the formation house in Fiji when we were informed we will be going to Peru for our FMA (First Mission Assignment). Two days after our arrival in Lima, Tex and I were called to a meeting with our FMA Director where he outlined the program.

Aminiasi Ruvawi

July 30, 2018
Charito, Fr. John holding Camile and Marisol in Peru

A Columban Love Story

"When I left Peru to go to the Philippines, I wondered what I'd find there," observed Marisol Rojas, a former Columban Lay Missionary. Perhaps the last thing she expected to fi nd was a husband.

Fr. John Boles

June 26, 2018
Seminarian Teakare (Tex) Betero

A Taste of Mission Work in the Andes

Aminiasi and I arrived in Lima on May 20, 2016, for our pastoral experience called FMA (First Mission Assignment). We arrived during winter, above all, at midnight. The first thing I experienced was the cold breeze as soon as I went out of the airport.

Teakare (Tex) Betero

May 1, 2018
The canal

Finding Life in the Desert

It was a hot, sunny day in February when we four seminarians and four lay people from the Columban Mission Collaborators (CMC) set out to prepare for a month of mission in the north of Lima, Peru.

Columban Seminarian Martin Koroiciri

February 28, 2018


You snubbed me and the others laughed.
You were right in what you said
But were wrong in the sneering way you said it
And smoothly packaged it in an oily smile.   
You hypocrite.

Fr. Dermot Carthy February 1, 2018
Christmas in the Andes

Christmas in the Andes

Where will the Christmas Festival for the communities be held this year?" asked Carolina, the Coordinator of the active Christian community of Chosicani, one of 20 Christian communities that make up the rural parish of Combapata.

Fr. Donald Hornsey

December 15, 2017

A Different Pace of Life

The road from Lima to Samanco passes through a number of fast growing coastal towns but for the most part the traveler has no choice but to contemplate the bare rocky or sandy hills that fascinate by their ever varying forms and their multiple colors from shades of white, cream, brown and black.

Fr. Peter Woodruff

February 1, 2016
Fr. Peter and friends

Heart-warming Encounters

Socializing rarely energizes me. In fact, it usually drains me. However, recently I was in Lima for two weeks meeting friends with whom I'd shared something of my life over a period of 40 years.

Fr. Peter Woodruff

February 1, 2016

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