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"I have seen many humanitarian disasters in the world, but I have never seen climate carnage on this scale," this is a statement of UN General…

St. Thomas the Apostle Parish is located in a rural city called Badin. It is about a three-hour drive from Pakistan’s biggest city, Karachi. There…

Life is difficult for most Christian families in Pakistan, and it became even more unbearable with the recent flood that left many families…

All souls mosaic of Jesus and the Holy Spirit

The Season of All Saints and All Souls

The entire month of November is dedicated to “those who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith.” The month’s remembrance begins with the Feast of All saints on November 1, a holy day of obligation. As Catholics, on every Sunday and holy day, we profess that we “believe in the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting.” It is that profession that captures what the entire month of November represents for prayer and reflection within the …

Stories from Columban Missions


Jesus on the Cross
Loving as Jesus Loves

I met a Filipino couple in Chicago, and they have two children. Both of the parents both work as nurses. In my few years there, they would invite…

Fog hanging over rolling hills
The Kavardo Cross

In early 2019, a group of young Muslim men discovered a large, monumental carved marble cross on the mountain side above their village in the…

Diary - In So Many Words
Powerful Whitness

In our modern world many people who were born Catholic and Christian proclaim that they are now atheist. On the other hand, many who never…

Baptisms at Ba
Sunday in the Rain

Heavy rain began in Ba, Fiji, on the night of February 4 and continued right through Saturday and on/off on Sunday until about midday. The town…

Starry night sky above a tree-lined river
In Love We Grow

St. Paul describes love as the highest of all the gifts (1Cor 13:1-13). Its qualities include patience and kindness. It is always ready to excuse…

Basilica Menor del Santo Niño
Of Such Legends Are Made

A carving out of wood with little artistic merit, yet adorned in robes of kingly magnificence, the Santo Niño is a source of religious myth and…

two people on a walkway
Two Communities

The Catholic Church in China today continues to be a vibrant witness to God’s love. Whether in large cities or rural villages, Catholics of all…

Fr. Hoare with the current Columban formation group
Missionaries Are Human

Thirteen young Columban priests arrived in a hot, humid and hurricane-ravaged Suva, the capital of Fiji, more than 70 years ago on February 22,…

water wheel
The Wheel Is Turning

Western foreign missionaries beginning with the Marist Fathers, have nourished the Catholic faith in Fiji since 1844. This era is almost finished…

From the Director

Fr. Chris Saenz, U.S. Director
Fr. Chris Saenz

Focus on Service

​In 2000, upon graduating from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago with my Master’s of Divinity (theological degree for priesthood), I vowed that it was the end of my formal studies. Growing up, I was an above average student and didn’t dislike studying. Yet, years of attaining a bachelor degree and then a masters, I wanted to be free of deadlines, papers and grades. I consider that I did enough to get what I wanted, ordination to the priesthood.

Years later, I acquired a Master of Arts in Spiritual Direction from Boston College. It was in preparation for formation work with…