Blogs and Articles

Blogs and articles written by Columban missionaries covering the broad range of Columban mission.

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  • Prayer with young people from El Paso 23rd March 2016

    Am I part of the problem? by Julia Corcoran

    by Julia Corcoran

    As part of the group that is spending Holy week in El Paso, Julia Corcoran, the ‘Faith in Action volunteer’ reflects on the role each of us play as part of the many different crisis’ around the world.

  • 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

  • Anna-lobbying-on-climate-change 6th January 2016

    Reflections on Laudato Si’ for those who walk with the young

    by James Trewby

    One of my highlights of the last weeks was sitting with a group of secondary school teachers, reading and discussing extracts from the Pope’s encyclical, Laudato Si’. It was great to hear their enthusiasm and to share in the challenges and encouragement the document presents to those who work with the young.

  • 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

  • Columbans at Climate Lobby 6th August 2015

    Now recruiting: Faith in Action Volunteer

    by James Trewby

    The Columbans and CYMFed are seeking to appoint a ‘Faith in Action Graduate Volunteer’. This will be a year of personal development and growth, putting faith into action in justice and peace education and in supporting

  • Education 2nd November 2014

    Columban Education Conference 2014

    by Mauricio Silva

    Columbans in the UK gathered last week for their annual education conference, at which two speakers were invited to share their reflections on contextual issues affecting life and mission in Britain today.

  • 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.