Center for Advocacy and Outreach

We welcome you to Columban mission in a variety of ways, including internships, volunteerism and exposure trips.

Click on the links to the right to find information tailored to your interests!

Be transformed by living with and serving people and communities who are most vulnerable to social, economic and environmental injustices. Join us for five days, five months or a lifetime. Please contact Susan Gunn for more information about any of our CCAO missions.


  • Economic Justice
  • Peace & Reconciliation
  • Action Alerts

    Make a Difference: Respond to our Action Alerts and be part of social change:

    Mission Through Their Eyes: CCAO Blog

    Rising Tides Do Not Lift All Boats By Samantha Sluder, Economic Justice Intern A rising tide lifts all boats: President John F Kennedy’s famous 1963 aphorism suggests that free trade agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership will help everyone by …

    The Power of Advocacy

    Advocacy work, like most professions, is less glamorous than people imagine. Not to say it isn’t rewarding, life-changing, and deeply impactful. It is an experience that stays with you. My first experience with advocacy work was joining a delegation of …

    Border Awareness Immersion Reflection: Suffering

    I encountered the compelling mystery of human suffering while playing a game of soccer with undocumented young adults and children who had recently migrated to El Paso, Texas. Through the celebration of goals, the coordination of blocked shots, and their …

    Mother Emmanuel and Hope for Racial Justice and Reconciliation

    “Twin Blasts Kill 14, Wound 78 in Pakistan Church Bombings” “Shiite Worshipers Shot in Peshawar, Pakistan: At Least 19 Dead” The news is always heartbreaking, and no religious community is ultimately safe from racist or terrorist violence. It affects Christians …