Mission exposure trip to China in 2010

March 30, 2010

From Oct. 2 -17, 2010 join us to:

  • Discover the roots of Columban history in the original mission country
  • Walk in the footsteps of the first Columban missionaries
  • Encounter modern China and meet present day Columban missionaries
  • Witness the connections between the past, present and future of the Missionary Society of St. Columban

Trip Details

Hong Kong

  • Meet Columban priests and learn about the Church in mainland China
  • Visit AITECE Office
  • Visit Mong Kok night market
  • Attend Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

Wuhan City

  • Visit St. Columban’s Cathedral in Hangyang and other churches in the region
  • Meet participants in the Columban Crafts Project– a program for people with special needs
  • Tour rural communities and learn about work of Columbans from 1920-1953

Nancheng City

  • Experience Columban history in the second Columban diocese in China
  • Visit former Columban parishes
  • Visit the graves of Frs. Leonard and Buttimer


  • Meet Fr. Warren Kinne and visit Sheshan Shrine, a Marian Shrine in the outskirts of Shanghai, and visit the Sheshan Seminary
  • Visit Shanghai Cathedral
  • Attend Mass at St. Peter’s Church
  • Local sightseeing


  • Visit the cathedral and the mosque in Xian
  • Visit the 8th century Christian Stele
  • Visit the Terra Cotta Warriors Museum


  • Morning Mass at Beijing’s East Church
  • Visit the Great Wall of China, the Olympic Stadium and the Summer Palace
  • Visit the graveyard where Matteo Ricci and other missionaries are buried
  • Visit Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City and attend an acrobatics performance

Program Fees:

$2000 Program Fee covers Lodging, Internal Travel, Meals, Sightseeing

*International Airfare and visa charges are not included in the program fee*

Applications and $500 non-refundable deposit due by August 1, 2010

Logistics: Trip departs for Hong Kong on October 2. Trip departs from Beijing on October 16. Columban guides will accompany the group during all internal travel; knowledge of Chinese is not required. It is the responsibility of participants to secure their own travel visas. Please visit www.china-embassy.org for more information.

For more information and to apply, contact:

The Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach
Amy Woolam Echeverria