100 Points of Light Archive

100 Points of Light - 1980


In 1977, Marist Bishop Francis Lambert of the tiny Oceanic island country of Vanuatu, formerly known as the New Hebrides, invited the Columban Fathers to assist his diocese there. By this time, the Columbans were already very familiar with Oceania, having maintained a presence in Fiji for about 25 years. 

100 Points of Light - 1979


In an effort to expand Columban missions into another region of Asia and reach out to the Islamic world, the Columban Fathers made the decision to establish a presence in Pakistan. 

In January 1979, the first group of Columbans, consisting of three priests, arrived in the Pakistani city of Lahore, followed a few months later by three more Columban Fathers. 

100 Points of Light - 1978


In 1978, the Columbans took another step in the direction of China, the land from which they had been kicked out in the early 1950s. 

In 1976 during an assembly of Columban representatives from all the countries where Columbans live and minister, the decision was made to open a new mission in Taiwan (along with Pakistan). 

100 Points of Light - 1977


John James Howe was ordained a Columban Father in December 1936 at Dalgan Park in Galway, and went to Burma, currently known as Myanmar, in 1941 for his mission assignment. 

In July 1961 he was consecrated a bishop in Bhamo, Burma, one of a handful of Columbans who became bishops. He became the Bishop of Myitkyina, Burma, in the northern region of the country, in the region of the Kachin ethnic minority. 

100 Points of Light - 1973


After the Second Vatican Council reforms, the Catholic vicariates of the numerous South Pacific island nations became official dioceses, and the number of vocations in the region began to increase. 

In response, in the early 1970s, the Episcopal Conference of the South Pacific, made the decision to establish a seminary on the island nation of Fiji, one of the Columban mission countries.  

100 Points of Light - 1972


On June 19, 1972, more than a decade and a half after the death of Columban co-founder, Bishop Edward J. Galvin, Columban Father John Blowick died at Dalgan Park in Navan at the age of 83. 

A native of County Mayo, Ireland, Father Blowick was the co-founder of the Missionary Society of St. Columban. He’d met with then-Father Galvin in September 1916 about the possibility of founding a missionary society to China. 


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