100 Points of Light Archive

100 Points of Light - 1935


In 1934, the Bishop of Melbourne, Australia invited Columban founder Bishop Edward J. Galvin to attend the the National Eucharistic Congress, which was scheduled for early December 1934.

By this time, the Columban Fathers in China were closing in on a decade and a half of mission work in China. They had achieved much success, but the growth of their missions necessitated more funds and personnel.

100 Points of Light - 1934

Richard Ranaghan was one of the earliest Columban Fathers. The native of County Down in Ulster joined the new Society in 1917 and was a member of the first group of Columbans to go to China in 1920.

Father Ranaghan became interested in the then-relatively new art of filmmaking, and the ways that it could potentially help and promote the Columban mission.

100 Points of Light - 1933

By 1933, the Columbans had maintained a presence in East Asia for well over a decade, and were now discussing the possibility of branching out to other Asian countries.

The nine newly-ordained Columban Fathers arrived in China in autumn of 1933, got a surprise when they learned that would be sent on to Korea, to establish a new Columban mission there.

100 Points of Light - 1930


In the late 1920s and early 1930s, the Missionary Society of Saint Columban had been in existence for only about a decade, but it was expanding and branching out into new endeavors.

In 1929, the Columban Fathers conducted their first retreat at Saint Columban’s, Nebraska, under the supervision of Columban Father Edward J. McCarthy.

1929 - 100 Points of Light


By 1929, the Columbans had been hard at work in China for nearly a decade. Tragically, that year, the first Columban martyr, Father Timothy P. Leonard died while in the captivity of Chinese kidnappers.

In spite of this atrocity, the Society was growing and the Columbans were looking to expand into other countries. Authorities in the Vatican proposed several suggestions for the Columbans, including India and Thailand.


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