100 Points of Light Archive

100 Points of Light - 1990


The Columban Companions in Mission program was born in 1990, when Sister Rosalie Callen of the Order of Saint Joseph of Carondelet was attending a religious conference in California.

There she met Columban Father James J. O’Brien and Columban lay employee Sylvia Thompson who were running the Columban Mission Education Program.

100 Points of Light - 1989


The Columban Fathers have a long tradition of starting charitable, practical economic projects in their various mission countries. Columban Father Sean J. Connaughton had served for years in the poverty-stricken Philippines, when in 1989 he set up a chapter of the Grameen Bank in Manila.

100 Points of Light - 1987


Throughout history, changing times and technology have altered innumerable traditional cultures all over the world. By the 1980s, this process was accelerating, as the world became more globalized, technology surged forward, and peoples and nations became more economically connected.

100 Points of Light - 1986


In 1982, a Columban General Assembly of representatives from all countries where Columbans lived and ministered, discussed the need for new missions for the Society.

Catholic dioceses in a number of countries had asked the Columbans for help. After much discussion, the Columban leadership made the decision to begin new missions in the English-speaking countries of Belize and Jamaica.

100 Points of Light - 1985


In the mid-1970s, the Columban Fathers were looking to expand their presence in Latin America, and had received invitations from Catholic dioceses in Bolivia and Panama. 

The 1982 Columban General Assembly decided to research Brazil, the largest Latin American nation. Several Columban research teams had investigated the possibility of a Columban mission in Brazil, and recommended the Dioceses of Barreiras and Salvador in the country. 

100 Points of Light - 1984

In the early 1980s, the Philippines was still in the grip of the corrupt regime of strongman Ferdinand Marcos. 

The Columban mission on the island of Negros, Philippines had drawn the ire of the government authorities. The Columbans there had encouraged workers’ rights on Negros and called out abuses of the Marcos administration. 

100 Points of Light - 1982


In the March 1982 issue of the newsletter Columban Intercom, a groundbreaking article by Columban Father Sean J. Coyle appeared. 

This article, titled Accepting Society Members from Mission Regions, challenged the unwritten tradition of ordaining only seminarians from English-speaking nations such as the United Kingdom, Ireland, the United States, Australia and New Zealand. 


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