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Mission News


Since the damaging floods last monsoon season, the villages that were affected here in Badin parish have recovered remarkably well. My last…

At the close of 2022 (At the dawn of 2023) we look back in gratitude not only on the year gone by, but also on the life of Pope Emeritus Benedict…

One of the main issues is food security for poor families in rural areas who have lost livestock and crops and in many cases in some of the worst…

Retreat participants show their handiwork
Participants of the Lenten Art Recollection show their handiwork.

Fr. Antiquera Uses Art 
in Lenten Recollection

Columban Fr. Jason Antiquera lives and works in South Korea. Thanks to Columban benefactors like you, after a two-year hiatus due to COVID, he was finally able to enrich the lives of his parishioners by hosting a face-to-face Lenten recollection.
I am happy to be able to share with you his thoughts on this very unique and effective way to contemplate Jesus’ journey to the cross. The entire Lenten recollection focused on …

Stories from Columban Missions


Painting of Columbus' ships landing at the "New World"
Pandemic Response

In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue in search of treasured spices from the Philippines, but i

Xavier College, Ba, Fiji
Another Historic First

Readers of these pages may be getting used to the name of Xavier College, Ba, after being handed

Diary - In So Many Words
Growth and Glow

As a Columban lay missionary, I have been living and working in Britain for two years.

Welcome to Fatima House
In the Footsteps of Newman

In 2019 I had the honor of being one of the Columban representatives at the canonization of Cardi

lit candles in a darkened church
Rebirth and Renewal

When I arrived in Myitkyina, Kachin State, Myanmar (formerly Burma) in 2017, I was very conscious that I was following in the footsteps of the…

Yellow rose
When God Speaks Through the Bush

In the Bible God spoke to Moses through the Burning Bush in Exodus Chapter 3 giving him a special message. I never thought that God would also…

A Peaky Blinders statue on a building
In the Shadow of the Peaky Blinders Gang

Columban lay missionary Mauricio Silva stands in the shadow of a giant mural featuring Cillian Murphy, star of the television show “Peaky Blinders…

Migrant woman emproidering
Weaving Community

For more than 25 years, the Missionary Society of St. Columban has worked in one of the most impoverished areas of the U.S./Mexico border: Rancho…

star-filled cosmos
A Hope that Transcends

Holy Trinity Church in Xiantao, China, was filled to capacity for the vigil Mass on Christmas Eve last year, the presence of face masks a solemn…

From the Director

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

A Day in the Life of a Columban

In my 20 years of mission in Chile, my family and close friends rarely asked about my daily life in the mission. What they saw were the broad strokes of global travel, exotic places, different cultures, colorful cuisines, etc. There general impression was that I lived as a tourist. Also, their basic assumption about my daily life was that I just waited in parish house until someone knocked on the door asking for a sacrament or some pastoral need. Thy would be surprised that a missionary’s daily life was not so different from their own.