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Fr. Cathal Gallagher and Fr. John Boles, who are on mission in Peru, speak about the changes encountered to their everyday life during COVID, new…

Columban Fr. Jim Mulroney speaks with Fr. Euikyun Carlo Jung who is a Columban missionary from South Korea currently working in Fiji.

Fr. Thomas Rouse is the Columban leader in New Zealand. He was ordained and was appointed to Fiji in 1976, where he spent most of his missionary…

The gorgeous colors of autumn


The Gorgeous Colors of Autumn

My calendar and the gorgeous colors of autumn surrounding me on the grounds of St. Columban tell me that November will soon be here. And what a wonderful month November is for us, a special time to remember gratefully all of those who have given so much of themselves to us. All Saints Day, All Souls Day and Thanksgiving are all about …

Stories from Columban Missions

I am a new Columban lay missionary commencing my first term assignment in the region of Britain. Together with my companion, Ling, we arrived here…

Xavier College, Ba, Fiji

Xavier College was established in 1953 as a boys school by the Catholic Archdiocese of Suva, Fiji, to provide Christian education, particularly to…

The complete St. Peter and St. Paul mural on the door

I am generally not so enthusiastic about explaining my artworks.

Fr. Tony with children

“For me, life began at 40,” laughs Fr. Tony Coney, remembering how he arrived in Lima on his fortieth birthday. In addition, the date was August…

It was going to be the best of years! At least that was what I thought in January 2020. The Warmi Huasi project teams had their plans of action in…

Song of the cicadas

I had slept on and off throughout the night. Then, just as dawn appeared at my window, I heard a loud and persistent chirping that pierced my ears…

Finding hope

Who would have thought that one day we would just awaken and everything had to stop, everything had to change, to be reconfigured? As I write this…

Diary - In So Many Words

During difficult times, we may find ourselves asking, “To what or to whom do we hang on or cling

When I arrived in Japan the Columban missionaries had almost 50 parishes scattered over four different areas. Of those most of them were in cities…

From the Director

Fr. John Burger, U.S. Director

Seeking the Humble and Contrite Heart

Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897 was quite close to what people think of now as the high-water mark of the British Empire.
Instead of triumph and bombast and celebration, Kipling wrote these memorable lines:

The tumult and the shouting dies;
The Captains and the Kings depart:
Still stands Thine ancient sacrifice,
An humble and a contrite heart.
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!

Have we passed the high-water mark of American Catholicism?

Many of the people who write to us bemoan that their own children and grandchildren are not going to Church. Religious practice has unquestionably declined over the past generations. Opinion polls confirm this trend.