Blogs and Articles

Blogs and articles from Britain and around the world written by Columban missionaries and people experiencing Columban mission, covering the broad range of Columban mission themes.

Blogs and Articles by Nathalie Marytsch


  • Mauri 4 12th August 2017

    Invitation to Mission in Pakistan: Reflection No. 1

    by Nathalie Marytsch

    A small group from this country is spending a few days in Pakistan on a learning experience. Here Henrietta Cullinan shares some reflections of the group’s journey.

  • Cross and Candle 22nd June 2017

    Youth SVP visit Fatima House in Birmingham

    by Nathalie Marytsch

    Fatima House is an accommodation project for destitute women in Birmingham, co-founded and run by the Columbans. In May, the project coordinator Mauricio Silva and Columban Lay Missionary Nathalie Marytsch welcomed a group of young students.

  • El Paso 29th February 2016

    Invitation to Mission Programme: Preparation Weekend 1 by Wonu Salau

    by Nathalie Marytsch

    Wonu Salau is a teacher based in London. In this article she shares her experience of the first of two preparation weekends for a small group of people getting ready for a learning visit to the Columban works around the USA/Mexico border this Easter

  • archbishop-bernard-longley-rose-and jane 11th October 2015

    Archbishop Bernard Longley mentions the Columbans’ work among refugee and asylum seekers in his most recent Pastoral Letter

    by Nathalie Marytsch

    The following Pastoral Letter from the Archbishop of Birmingham, Bernard Longley, was appointed to be read in all of the Churches and Chapels of the Diocese on 10/11 October

  • Interfaith- cardinal Tauran 17th June 2013

    Columban missionaries meet Cardinal Tauran

    by Nathalie Marytsch

    Fr Ray Collier SSC and lay missionaries Nathalie and Mauricio Silva recently met Cardinal Tauran, the Vatican’s senior official heading up the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue

  • Mauricio Silva and John Dear 7th September 2012

    The peace witness of Fr John Dear

    by Nathalie Marytsch

    Mauricio Silva, a Chilean Columban lay missionary in Birmingham, reports on a talk he attended given by prominent peace campaigner, Fr John Dear SJ.

  • flame   Congress 29th March 2012

    Flame Congress

    by Nathalie Marytsch

    Jayjay Enterina  and Rose Basada, Columban lay missionaries, share their reflections   on  the   Flame Congress they attended recently.

  • Nathalie Marytch speaking an interdenominational Women's world day of prayer on 4th March 2011 15th June 2011

    How many loaves have you? (Mark 6:30-44)

    by Nathalie Marytsch

    This was the title given to this years’ interdenominational Women’s world day of prayer on 4th March 2011,which was dedicated to Chile this year . Nathalie, Bernardita (from Chile) and Rose (from the Philippines) were invited to a Service in a Methodist church in Selly Park, Birmingham. Nathalie spoke of her country with great pride. She writes: