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Columban Fr. Chris Saenz was appointed Director of the Columban Fathers in the United States by the Superior General of the Missionary Society of…

In this episode, we feature Columbans and formation students in the Philippines. They share their vocational stories, experiences and challenges…

Columban Fr. Jim Mulroney speaks with Fr. John Burger who is the Columban Regional Director for the United States.

Youth re-enact the Christmas story in Fr. John Boles’ parish in Lima, Peru.
Youth re-enact the Christmas story in Fr. John Boles’ parish in Lima, Peru.

 

Sharing the Hope and Joy of the Christmas Story

Christmas time is a wonderful time. We hear the same songs and hymns again and again, but we love them. They belong to Christmas and make the spirit of Christmas grow in our hearts. When we go to Church we sing the hymns of Christmas, and we listen to the story of Christmas as well. We have heard the story of the birth of …

Stories from Columban Missions


On the road to Emmaus

In our Hill of Grace Shrine on Isidore we have a park with a series of sculptures showing some of the events of the life of Christ. One of the…

The fridge beside the Navala Church tabernacle

This time last year, I wrote an article entitled “How to be People of the Eucharist, when there is no Eucharist?” It was during the time of Fiji’s…

Fr. Donal O’Keeffe, far right, with Korean youth

For the past fourteen years Korea has been honoring individual immigrants who have made significant contributions to the country declaring them “…

Fr. Noel, Youn and friends

I took the call and an excited voice came over the phone. “Sinbunim, (Father) I have passed the college entrance exam.” It was 22-year-old Kim…

Light the Life project

As a precautionary measure to limit the spread of Covid19 in the Philippines, the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) was set March 17, 2020. Most…

Columban Frs. Peter Woodruff, Colin Stanley and Charlie O'Rourke

The spacious and peaceful grounds of St. Columbans in Nebraska are greatly favored by many species of wildlife. However, the whitetail deer that…

A Life I Never Even Dreamt Possible

Columba Chang was a Missionary Society of St. Columban lay missionary. In June 1990 she was a member of the first Korean regions lay mission team…

Diary - In So Many Words

Overseas missionary work brings many surprises, but a 12-day obligatory quarantine period in a se

My Journey into Migrant Ministry

In the early part of 2019 I was living in Mokpo, South Korea, and investigating opportunities in university chaplaincy at Mokpo Catholic…

From the Director

Fr. John Burger, U.S. Director

Our Messy House

Thanksgiving, my favorite American holiday, will arrive on November 25 this year.

Recently I came across a list of ten things to be grateful for. At first glance they didn’t seem too appealing: early wakeups, housecleaning, laundry, dishes to wash, crumbs on the floor, grocery shopping, toilets to clean, noise, kids’ endless questions, and tiredness. Somehow, I am guessing the list was composed by a harried mom, but I am sure there are dads out there who share some or all of these. Tell me I am right, dads.

Each of these complaints, however, has a silver lining: early wakeups can mean there are children to love. Cleaning the house means you have a safe place to live. Laundry implies clothes to wear. Dishes mean food to eat. Those pesky crumbs on the floor can be a sign…