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.

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  • RoseReadingRomeColumban 18th October 2014

    Columban’s Day in Rome 2014 by Rose Basada

    by Rosalia Basada

    It was a blessing and privilege for me to participate in the Rome opening of celebrations to mark the 1400th anniversary of the death of St Columban. The Irish saint is the patron of the Missionary Society of St Columban.

  • Columbans support 'The Wave' climate march in December 2009. 19th September 2014

    People’s Climate March – for our common future

    by Ellen Teague

    On 23 September, 120 world leaders – including Prime Minister David Cameron – will meet for an historic climate change summit in New York.

  • 2-world-cup-fever-spain-from-news (web450) 12th June 2014

    Pentecost and the World Cup

    by Stephen Awre

    As the World Cup begins and with the feast of Pentecost still fresh in our hearts and minds, Fr. Tom O’Reilly compares the heightened interest among supporters in the fortunes of their country to the first Pentecost.

  • Jayjay, Award ceremony 28th April 2014

    Lay missionary completes Faith Guiding Course

    by Jonah Jane Enterina

    We congratulate Jonah Jane Enterina (Jayjay) a Columban lay missionary from the Philippines, who recently completed a Faith Guiding course in Birmingham.  In the award ceremony speech, Jayjay shared her experience the course.

  • rene-boy-eramis-thumbnail 26th December 2013

    The Boys of Balay San Columbano

    by Stephen Awre

    Fr. Don Kill introduces us to the young people in the care of Balay San Columbano in Ozamiz in the Philippines. 

  • amina-nathaniel-paul-web2 26th November 2013

    Christmas Appeal

    by Stephen Awre

    ‘At Christmas we celebrate with joy the fact that God shared a most precious gift with us. This is what prompts us to share with those who are most needy, but we are also enriched by the lives of the people to whom we are sent.’

  • eamonn-obrein-yt-thumbnail-web 30th October 2013

    China Revealed

    by Stephen Awre

    In a new interview, Fr. Eamonn O’Brien SSC speaks about the work of the Cultural Exchange with China, a charity supported by the Columbans. 

  • Ger with a child at the creche in Lady Pool 12th August 2013

    A Time To Be A Mother?

    by Gertrudes Samson

    The Bible says: “For everything there is appointed season for everything there is a time under heaven”. When I was a child I told my mother, “Mum, when I grow up I would like to have many children, a big family like what you and father have”.

  • 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

  • popefrancis-washing-feet1 30th April 2013

    Rediscover the Heart of Faith – Service

    by Fr Shay Cullen

    When he bent down on his knees in the youth detention jail in Rome on Holy Thursday, washed and kissed the feet of the juvenile prisoners and also a mother and child and a Muslim, Pope Francis sent a message to Catholic Church leaders