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Columban Fr. Jim Mulroney speaks with Fr. Jason Antiquera, a Columban missionary from the Philippines who is working in Korea.

Columban Fr. Jim Mulroney speaks with Columban Fr. Gary Walker, who currently lives at the Columban house in Sandgate, Brisbane, Australia.

Columban Fr. Jim Mulroney speaks with Columban Fr. Don Hornsey who worked in Chile, Brazil and Peru for more than 40 years.

Fr. Cathal in conversation with Victor, Director of Si da Vida, on the upper terrace of the center.
Fr. Cathal in conversation with Victor, Director of Si da Vida, on the upper terrace of the center.


Justice and Rights Leads Fr. Cathal to Peru, Si da Vida

Personal stories are a part of every missionary’s life and it is my privilege to share with you a little bit about Columban Fr. Cathal Gallagher. His life of missionary service has been a series of changes, one after the other. Here, he recalls …

Stories from Columban Missions

500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines

The Catholic faith came first to the Philippines as part of Spain’s colonial expansion with Magellan’s circumnavigating the globe. As in that and…

Worship in COVID times

The year 2020 was one of the most difficult and stressful years in the history of the last hundred years of the world and the church! In Christmas…

Outgoing support of God's love

“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of

Birmingham Seagull

Since last August, I have been volunteering at a community garden here in Birmingham, Britain, ru

Fr. Cathal with "Si da Vida" personnel outside the organization's center in Lima

Fr. Cathal Gallagher recalls the incident vividly. “It was in 1998. I was working in a poor parish in Lima. I got a call from a local clinic, run…

Can You See Me Smile

There is an old Chinese proverb that says “a man without a smiling face must never open a shop.” This is pretty sound advice. If you can’t smile…

Jonathan, Hilda and Fr. John McEvoy

Jonathan Kunau and Hilda Vukikomoala had planned their wedding a year in advance. Since both of them were members of big families, they wanted a…

Aidan and Praveena after the seven steps

The marriage ceremony was almost finished. It was time for the civil wedding. The groom’s younger brother had informed me that the witness from…

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…

From the Director

Fr. John Burger, U.S. Director

The Cry of the Poor

As I write this, I just got off the phone with Father Bill Morton. You remember Father Bill. He is the Columban priest whose parish in Juarez, Mexico, abuts the U.S. border just west of El Paso.

This morning the problems at the border were featured on the national news, so I thought I would call Fr. Bill and find out what was happening from his vantage point. When I called he happened to be in conversation with a woman who is about to apply for an emergency visa so she can attend her brother’s funeral in Oklahoma. Family ties are strong, and they need to be attended to in times of grief. But so often the government rules and regulations prevent a nimble response. I hope she can travel.