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Columban Fr. Jim Mulroney speaks with Jerry Lohera from the Philippines who was recently ordained a Columban deacon.

What began as a desire to improve the look of a chapel's metal fire doors has became a beautiful mural of Sts. Peter and Paul painted by Columban…

Columban Fr. Jim Mulroney speaks with Columban Fr. Frank Hoare. He is a Regional Council member and Student Formation educator in Fiji and has…

Columban Lay Missionary Kevin Sheerin works with prisoners in Hong Kong
Columban Lay Missionary Kevin Sheerin works with prisoners in Hong Kong.

 

Columban Lay Missionary Finds Unique Way to Work with Prisoners

Columban lay missionary Kevin Sheerin currently is living and working in Hong Kong. While most regular activities are curtailed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Kevin has found a unique way to work with prisoners …

Stories from Columban Missions


Communicating the Gospel

I have been sincerely trying to live out those words of Pope Francis. I would say my mission in Korea has been really inspiring, life-giving, self…

Swallows beware

Since the middle of April, I have been watching out for the arrival of a particular kind of migrant, this time a winged one, a swallow. After a…

Formation group 2019

The crisis was looming. Fr. Hans (Swiss) and Fr. Rudy (Filippino) reacted differently when people came to ask about a marriage or the baptism of a…

I would like to introduce Mrs. Hanako Nishi. This holy lady had a profound influence on my approach to the crucifixion of Jesus. This influence…

Most of the fond memories that I have growing up were my involvement in Church activities. Reminiscing, I recalled that throughout the whole month…

As lay missionaries, when we are sent to another country for mission, the first thing we do is to learn their language. Since I joined the…

Back to the roots

When Covid-19 appeared on the scene, Columban missionaries all over the world had to react to the emergency. We all had to ask ourselves, “How can…

Learning a new language

Since I became a lay missionary back in 2000, I learned and began to use English and Tagalog when I was working in the Philippines. I later…

Love Hour

I was raised in a Catholic family, and even though I had a deep desire to work as a volunteer in the church, due to my work commitment I did not…

From the Director

Fr. John Burger, U.S. Director

Community of Believers

This month’s issue of Columban Mission is put together loosely around the theme of family life. Judging by the letters and prayer requests that come into our mission office, one issue that is worrying many people is that some family members, usually the young, are not attending Mass regularly.

My first memory of attending Mass is not a happy one. I think I was about four years old, and I just could not settle down and be quiet. My parents probably thought they had dressed me in an appropriate way for church. I am sure they thought I looked spiffy or adorable or both in a little brown and cream houndstooth woolen suit. What they did not realize was that the wool cloth was scratchy and kept me in a state of irritation that I was trying to overcome in the worst way by wriggling…