100 Points of Light Archive

100 Points of Light - 1958


The Columban Fathers had a long history in Australia, having established a branch there in 1920.

In fact, some other earliest Columban Fathers were from Australia. Fathers Luke Mullany and Romuald Hayes (who later became a bishop) were the first Australians to join the Columbans in 1922.

100 Points of Light - 1956


After his expulsion from China by the communist authorities there, Columban Co-Founder Bishop Edward J. Galvin landed in San Francisco in December 1952 after a sea voyage from Hong Kong.

Bishop Galvin had just passed his 70th birthday, but despite his age and the hardships he endured in China, the veteran bishop was determined to continue his work, albeit outside of China.

100 Points of Light - 1954


The Columbans were no strangers to the effects of political unrest on their mission in China. Nonetheless, the communist seizure of power in China under the leader Mao Zedong in the late 1940s would prove to be the most consequential political upheaval for the Columbans, eventually leading to their expulsion from China.

100 Points of Light - 1953


In 1952 the Columban Fathers made a pioneering move by establishing a permanent mission in Peru.

The Columbans followed this achievement up in 1953 when three Columban Fathers, James Loughran, Hugh McGonagle, and James McCarthy started a new Columban mission in a second South American nation: Chile. They assumed the administration of the San Andres Parish in the capital city of Santiago.

100 Points of Light - 1952


As with so many years, 1952 was a bittersweet one for the Columbans. In September of that year, Columban founder Bishop Edward J. Galvin, left China, under pressure from the Chinese communist government.

Within several years, the communists would have expelled all the Columban Fathers from China, and the Columban mission would have disappeared from the nation for which the Society received its charter.

100 Points of Light - 1949


The Columban Fathers had conducted their first retreat in 1929, and in the following years the demand for Columban retreats greatly increased.

In the 1940s, the Columban leadership in the U.S., particularly Father Paul Waldron, brought up the idea of purchasing a property specifically for retreats.


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