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  • shay-cullen (web450) 14th November 2017

    Award for Irish Columban Fr Shay Cullen

    On 17th November 2017 in Kerkrade, the Netherlands, Irish Columban missionary, Fr Shay Cullen will receive the 2017 Martin Buber Plaque Award in recognition of his internationally acclaimed work on human rights

  • Mother of Divine Mercy Village 1 30th August 2017

    Building a community from the ground up

    On 16-17 December 2011, Typhoon Sendong caused catastrophic devastation in Cagayan de Oro on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines. The International Red Cross recorded 1472 deaths, 1074 missing and 1748 injured.

  • DSC_0713 (web450) 1st June 2017

    Update on violent outbreak in the Philippines

    Columban Fr. Vincent Busch writes from southern Mindanao on the continuing violence between the government and Maute terrorists and shares his fears for the Church and Subanen people he knows who are being held as hostages.

  • amina-nathaniel-paul-web2 25th May 2017

    “Profound heartbreak” at cathedral destruction and abductions in southern Philippines

    Church leaders in the Philippines – including the Columban Director in the country – have expressed “profound heartbreak” at a flare up of violence in the southern island of Mindanao over the past few days which has seen a cathedral torched

  • Necita Fetalvero with parents pic (web450) 8th December 2016

    Parenting Parents: A Love Story

    Mary Joy Rile recounts her visit to the home of former Columban lay missionary Necita Fetalvero, where she discovered a resilient family and how Necita has embraced her new mission to care for her ageing and sick parents. 

  • 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.

  • Shay Cullen Testifying 28th April 2015

    Columban testifies against Human Trafficking

    As the world celebrated Earth Day on April 22, a day to celebrate our work for wholeness, healing, and restoring right relationships with God’s Creation, Columban Shay Cullen appeared before the US Congress

  • AnnaManilaslums 18th February 2015

    A learning visit to the Philippines

    Anna Brown is the first ‘Faith in Action Graduate Volunteer’, spending a year working with Columban Justice and Peace Education and St Mary’s University Chaplaincy. In the article below she reflects on a recent learning visit to the Philippines.

  • jason%20antiquiera 26th January 2015

    A Chapter In My Life

    On Wednesday 7th January 2015, Jason Antiquiera was ordained as a Columban missionary priest.  His journey of discernment and preparation began in 2002 and, below, he writes in 2010 of a significant moment on the road.

  • NegorNineinquirerJuly2014 (750web) 17th July 2014

    30 Years On: Remembering the Negros Nine

    The thirtieth anniversary of the release of the ‘Negros Nine’ is being marked in the Philippines. The Nine were three missionary priests and six lay leaders who were accused