News stories relating to Our Spirituality

  • Columban Chapel2 1st November 2017

    November prayers for the Dead

    During the month of November, the Columban community places lists of the dead before the Altar in our chapel and are remembered during our Masses. 

  • TomO'Reilly 27th July 2017

    NJPN Conference: Unearthing the buried Jesus

    In a workshop at the NJPN Conference last weekend, David Rhodes, Anglican minister and author, spoke of how the Church over time buried Jesus under heaps of dogmas, rituals and institutional structures.

  • Emmanuel Trocino (web450) 1st December 2015

    The Experience That Changed My Life

    Emmanuel Trocino, a Columban seminarian from the Philippines, writes about his experiences of life and faith in Peru, his first missionary assignment in another country.

  • Banner received by priest in Bodmin church 16th October 2015


    There appears to be good evidence to suggest that Columban and his companions would have traveled through Cornwall on their journey to Brittany.

  • High is the Heaven picture 23rd November 2014

    Sing and Share New Columban Hymn

    2015 marks the 1400 anniversary of the death of St Columban, the patron of the Missionary Society of St. Columban. To mark this anniversary a new hymn has been composed 

  • columbankevin 15th October 2014

    1400th anniversary of Saint Columban’s death

    Last Sunday, Cardinal Seán Brady, retired archbishop of Armagh, Ireland, was the Principal Celebrant at Mass at the Church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva in Rome, marking the 1400th anniversary of the death of Saint Columbanus.

  • 121126-china-children-of-migrants 13th May 2013

    Invitation to Pray for the Church in China

    One of the legacies of Pope Benedict XVI is his plea to Catholics throughout the world to pray for the Chinese Church, especially on the feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians on May 24th.

  • popefrancis-washing-feet1 30th April 2013

    Rediscover the Heart of Faith – Service

    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

  • lima2cropped 18th February 2012

    LENT: Season of Grace

    The following Lent Reflection comes from the Columban Director in Britain, Tom O’Reilly SSC. Ideas for Reflection and Action during Lent are given at the end.

  • predagirls 23rd December 2011

    Welcoming the ‘Son of Man’

    The truly amazing thing about the birth of Jesus Christ, called the Messiah, Son of David, Son of Man, Son of God, Saviour, Teacher, Rabbi, Master, healer, as he is named throughout the gospels, is that he never claimed those titles for himself other than the simplest thing of all, “Son of Man” which means “ordinary human being”. He used it 70 times of himself as written in all the four gospels.