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Mango farm in Mindanao, Philippines

Every Trader Can Be Just and Fair

In the dangerous southern island of Mindanao in the Philippine archipelago of more than 7,000 islands, martial law reigns. It is a place forbidden to non-Filipinos by many embassies. It is troubled with social and political unrest.

Fr. Shay Cullen March 1, 2020

Giving a Daughter to Mission

Last year, in December, I had the opportunity to attend the mission-sending Mass for Hazel Jean Angwani at Santa Rita de Cascia Mission Station in Bontoc, Montain Province, Philippines.

By Mavic Mercene
February 28, 2020

I Would Like to Remain

Time flies! As I write this, it is October again, but I did not notice since the time passed by so quickly. By now, I am already almost one-and-a-half years in my country of origin, the Philippines. Actually, it was not part of the original plan of the Columbans that I would be here.

By Gertrudes "Ger" C. Samson
February 26, 2020
The "original crafters and Fr. Vinnie in 2001

Christmas Cards Tell the Story

The Subanens are an indigenous people whose ancestral habitat is the highlands of northwest Mindanao in the Philippines.

By Fr. Vincent Busch
December 2, 2019


"As for me, my life has already been poured out as an offering to God. The time of my death is near, I have fought the good race, and I have remained faithful. And now the prize awaits me, the crown of the righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of His return.

By Liliani Losi Ma’afu
November 18, 2019

What's in a Tattoo?

Columban lay missionary, Liliani Maafu, shared the story of what happened while traveling to work in a jeepney (bus). Originally from the kingdom of Tonga, Liliani was assigned to the Philippines in 2015 where she began a six month course studying the Cebuano language.

By Mavic Mercene
October 24, 2019

Twenty Years

More than 20 years ago, I left the Philippines for the first time as a Columban lay missionary assigned to Brazil. It was a very long journey that started from Manila to Salvador, Bahia, situated in the northeast of Brazil, its first capital, and where the Columbans worked.

By John Din
July 22, 2019
Fr. Andrei and his mother

Mother's Love

In 2012, while I was working in a parish among the aboriginal people called Atayal in the mountains of Taiwan, we organized a pilgrimage to the northern Philippines (where I am originally from) as part of the celebration of the parish's 50th foundation anniversary.

Fr. Andrei Paz

May 21, 2018
Filipino journalists escort the coffin of slain news reporter Alex Balcoba during his funeral in metro Manila, Philippines June 1, 2016.

Journalists Risk Death for the Truth

Journalists, writers, reporters, commentators will just have to curb their passion for speaking and exposing the truth if they want to continue to live. Too many end up a corpse in a cold dark morgue, silence their only companion. That is just the way it is in the Philippines and elsewhere.

Shay Cullen March 1, 2018
Lay Missionaries

On Mission in the Philippines

Movements and changes continue in the Philippines, at this time of celebration of 100 years of the Society of St. Columban. By God's grace we continue our mission of spreading God's love, especially with those on the margins.

Arlenne Villahermosa

February 16, 2018

Filipino Christmas

For millions of Filipinos, Christmas is a celebration of the family. They come together from around the world; they delight in the togetherness and sharing of respect. They honor the aged, bless the children, and feed the hungry.

Fr. Don Kill

December 6, 2017
Christmas is happy and joyful for those saved and healed

Christmas Day Is for Children

I am standing in the center of the spacious main hall, the atrium, of the new Preda children's home for girls. The light from the transparent roof throws its soft and gentle light on the children playing nosily, shouting in glee.

Fr. Shay Cullen

December 4, 2017
Fr. Kurt Zion Pala with his sister and her husband


Today I officiated the wedding of my sister Karen, who is a talented nurse, to her forever Dodo, who is who is a mechanical engineer. In all the eight years they were together before the wedding, I only met the groom on the day of their wedding!

Fr. Kurt Zion Pala

November 22, 2017
Fr. Kurt Zion Pala with kids from youth group

When Church Means Home

I had just came out of the church after celebrating Mass. An altar server came up to me and told me that one youth decided to leave home and wanted to speak with me. I saw a bag sitting in the guard house and I got nervous thinking, it must really be true.

Fr. Kurt Zion Pala

November 13, 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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St. Columbans, NE 68056
Phone: 877-299-1920
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