The Power of Touch

What is the largest organ of our body? The skin. This is probably the reason that among the senses, touch is the first to develop in the human infant, and it remains perhaps the most emotionally central throughout our lives But we have forgotten the power of touch. A number of us are even scared of touching or of being touched. Many of us growing up never experiencing being touched by significant persons like our parents.

The power of touch
The power of touch

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. Without the help of a $17 secondhand cell phone (I suspect it was stolen goods) I could not have caught up with so many old friends during such a brief period of time.

Fr. Peter and friends
Fr. Peter and friends

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. It is a truly barren desert but when watered can become lush farmland. We set off after an early breakfast and Fr.

Easter Challenge

Easter 2017 brought an unexpected challenge to the residents of St. Columban's Retirement Home, Bristol, Rhode Island. A fl ower wreath, hung on the chapel door as an Easter decoration, attracted the attention of a pair of local wild robins, who saw it as an ideal place to build their nest and raise a family.

Even the sparrow has bound a home.

What Is Happening?

January 6, 2017, was the Feast of the Epiphany also known as in Chile as La Pascua de los Negros (Passover of the Blacks). During colonial times this celebration was a rare opportunity for the black and mestizo slaves to celebrate.

At the destination of the mini-pilgrimage

Walking with Chilenos

Chile is a country that has its beauty in so many diverse ways that for the two years I had journeyed with the Columbans there I realized there is more to learn about mission then just going out and preaching the Gospel to the people. A familiar site for missionaries are the boundaries that every missionary must learn to cross, one of the first ones is an attempt to achieve the boundary of language. For some countries it may take longer to learn, and others may be shorter.

At Mass
Martin, left, with his parish family
Martin, Fr. Conzalo and friends

Celebrating the Centennial Down Under

You travel a long way from the United States of America to reach Australia which is accurately described as "Down Under." New Zealand is also "Down Under," a little bit further down to the south and east. It is significant for "Aussies" not to be identified as "Kiwis" and just as importantly for "Kiwis" not to be identified as "Aussies." In New Zealand lives a unique flightless bird called a kiwi, hence the name for New Zealanders. Together we form the Australia/New Zealand (ANZ) Region.


Since the St. Joseph church compound was close to the central bus station, many homeless men came there. Some requested food, while others slept under the verandahs. When winter came and work on construction sites halted, their numbers increased significantly. The parish council became concerned about their welfare. Consequently, a committee was set up to respond to their needs.



About us

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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Missionary Society of St. Columban
P.O. Box 10
St, Columbans, NE 68056
Phone: 877-299-1920
Fax: 402-291-4984