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100 Points of Light - 2017


As the Columban U.S. Society approached its centennial, it could look back on nearly two decades of achievement in two new areas: the Columban website and the publication of Mision Columbana, the Spanish language version of the Columban magazine. In the two decades since these twin innovations, both have borne outstanding fruit for the Columbans.

100 Points of Light - 2016


A decade and a half into the new millennium, the Missionary Society of Saint Columban was fast approaching its 100th anniversary. In mid-2015, the U.S. Columban Fathers commissioned the construction of a Columban Memorial Garden on the Columban campus in Bellevue, Nebraska, and construction began later that year.

100 Points of Light - 2015


On November 23, in the year 615, in the town of Bobbio in northern Italy, Saint Columban (also known as Columbanus), passed into eternal life.

The Irish-born Saint Columban, who was a prominent missionary leader in the early Middle Ages, gave his name to the missionary society founded by Bishop Edward J. Galvin and Father John Blowick.

100 Points of Light - 2014


The Missionary Sisters of Saint Columban were the idea of Lady Frances Moloney (later Mother M. Patrick Moloney) and Columban co-founder Father John Blowick.

The first group of Columban Sisters professed in 1924, under the leadership of Mother Finbarr Collins.

In 2014, the Columban Sisters celebrated the 90th anniversary of their congregation.

100 Points of Light - 2013


By 2013, the Columbans had continuously maintained a presence in Korea for 80 years. Throughout this time, the Columbans endured a great deal of trial and tribulation, as well as enjoying much success.

In commemoration of the 80th anniversary of their mission in Korea, the Columbans released the film Born in Others’ Pain.

100 Points of Light - 2012


As the first decade of the new millennium drew to a close, the Missionary Society of Saint Columban was fast approaching its centennial anniversary.

In 2010, the Columban U.S. Regional Director, Father Arturo Aguilar, formed a committee to discuss the possibility of writing a book for the centennial on the history of the Columbans in the United States.

100 Points of Light - 2010


The Korean War, to which many in the United States refer as the “Forgotten War,” was six decades in the past by 2010, although the paranoid rogue state of North Korea still served as a chilling reminder of the conflict.

Tens of thousands of U.S. troops died in this horrific war, along with untold hundreds of thousands of Koreans and Chinese. Tragically, the Korean War’s bloodshed also affected the Columban Fathers.


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