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Written by Columban Fr. Malachy Hanratty, "Resurrection Gifts" is a series of guided meditations that teaches "praying the scripture". It builds…

“Do this in memory of me.” Following Christ’s command, on Easter Sunday, April 2, 1972, Bishop John McCormack of Meath ordained John McEvoy and…

In this episode, Columban Fr. Jim Mulroney speaks with Columban Lay Missionary, Michael Javier who is assigned to Myanmar but is currently in the…

A young girl receives her First Holy Communion from Columban Fr. Mike Hoban
A young girl receives her First Holy Communion from Columban Fr. Mike Hoban

 

With Your Help
Columban Missions Adapt
During Difficult Times

Fr. Michael Hoban recently wrote to me about one of the catechetical programs he’s involved with in a remote parish in northern Chile. The coronavirus pandemic dramatically changed the lives of everyone all around the world, and it changed Fr. Mike’s mission also. Thanks to Columban supporters like you here at home, celebrating the Sacraments is possible even in the most difficult …

Stories from Columban Missions


Praying the rosary in front of a lit candle

Coming back to Taiwan as a second term lay missionary, I was very excited to go back to serve in the migrant ministry. I have a new assignment…

loaves of bread

A few months previous, his health started getting worse, and he needed to have an operation because there was a tumor on his neck. The doctor, his…

Woman staring into the sunset

In 2007, during one of my weekly visits to the Hsinchu City Immigration Detention Center in Taiwan, I met Ani and Siti (not their real names), two…

The Confirmation of 34 young people by Archbishop Peter Loy Chong

French Catholic missionaries first arrived in Fiji in 1844 at Lakeba, Lau. Missions were established in 1851 at Ba and Rewa on the island of Viti…

Young girl

Pope Francis’ pastoral visit to Iraq in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic as a Pilgrim Penitent and as a Pilgrim of Peace put me thinking. Age…

Stained glass window of a compassionate Jesus

I met Loweza in the village named Mundiala Virka many years ago when I was on mission in Sheikhupura Parish in Punjab Province, Pakistan. She…

Pilgrims at Sangam temple

The young people of the Pacific are the ones who have contributed least to planetary destruction, but they will suffer its consequences sooner and…

statue of a woman carrying a water jug over her head

Jesus had a good following in Galilee but going into Judea towards Jerusalem He was meeting much resentment, opposition and obstruction from the…

Diary - In So Many Words

A parishioner, whose husband had died two years before, had now lost her only son. He had died of a heart attack while hiking in the mountains.…

From the Director

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

Women and Children

One summer, as a seminarian, I was a chaplain in a Level-1 trauma center at Mount Sinai Hospital, Chicago, Illinois. Generally, I attended to the emergency room section. However, at one point I asked to begin to visit the maternity ward because I spoke Spanish and many of the women were Spanish speaking only. I was hesitant about going thinking that, as a man, what could I converse with them? I went on my first visit but felt the conversations were awkward. Often, I was at a loss for words. Later, I shared my experience with a group of fellow chaplains. The female chaplains inquired about what I asked the women. Did I ask how long the labor was? How difficult the labor was? How much did the baby weigh? Of course, those questions did not occur to me. When I went back to the maternity…