Columban Response to Coronavirus

The Coronavirus Pandemic has spread across the world, leaving uncertainty in its wake. Like everyone else, Columban missionaries are adapting to life during this crisis. Below are reflections, prayers and stories of Columban missionaries as they respond to life's challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.



April 20, 2020
Columban Fr. John Boles, Peru

The third in the series of Columban Prayers for the World during this worldwide coronavirus pandemic, Columban Fr. John Boles, who has been working in Peru for more than 25 years, gives a special blessing while standing in front of a special needs school for poor families.

April 20, 2020

Gracious God. Hear this our prayer in these disturbing times.
We ask you to hear the sounds of those who are
gasping for each breath in hospitals, nursing homes
and old age facilities, and those suffering alone
on the streets of our cities and towns.

April 17, 2020

The church has many things in her rich storehouse of traditions, and one of them is the practice of spiritual communion. There is no fixed formula. But for an idea of how to pray a spiritual communion prayer, let us turn to St. Alphonus Ligouri.

April 16, 2020

The second in the series of Columban Prayers for the World during this worldwide coronavirus pandemic, Columban Fr. John Burger, U.S. Regional Director, gives a message of hope.


April 15, 2020

The first in the series of Columban Prayers for the World during this worldwide coronavirus pandemic, three Columban Missionary priests from Britain give blessings in different languages to encourage us to stay safe and trust in Almighty God during these difficult and challenging times.

April 14, 2020

It is difficult to make sense of what is happening
in our world suffering from the virus. 
We might be tempted to feel abandoned. 
But give us the confidence, Lord,
that out of all this can come a deeper knowing
of your love and care for us. 

April 14, 2020

Lord, during this time of anxiety and distress
our patience can run thin. 
Yet deep within us we know
that we can place our trust in you. 
You provide us with the strength we need. 
You do not burden us with any force
that we cannot overcome. 

April 14, 2020

Lord you are my light and my salvation. 
Whom or what should we fear? 
As we hear in Paul’s letter to the Romans,
nothing that exists not any power nor any created thing
can come between us and the love of God
made visible in Christ Jesus our Lord. 

April 14, 2020

We have many problems and difficulties
that make us fearful at this time. 
Lord, help us to have trust in your loving presence. 
With that confidence no evil force can overcome us. 
We remember the words in the psalm,
“Taste and see how good the Lord is,

April 13, 2020

When the sun rises and spreads its light upon the world and on our lives, the darkness of the night and death is gone. The coming of the light is hope and strength for all people of good will. The Resurrection is more than a historical, physical rising from the dead. It is the belief that the spirit and presence of Jesus of Nazareth is with us and His friendship is available to all who 


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