Past Magazine Stories

Below are stories from past issues of Columban Mission magazine. The Columban Fathers publish Columban Mission magazine eight times a year. Subscriptions are available for just $10 per year. Sign up to receive our next issue. Read more about Columban Mission magazine.


February 14, 2018
Columban lay missionaries at the IDP camp in Myanmar  

Anniversaries frequently have symbols associated with them like silver for 25 and gold for 50.

February 14, 2018
Fostering Unity  

Our Columban History

February 12, 2018
China Formation Committee  

The Missionary Society of St. Columban was founded in 1918 for evangelization in China. The first Columban Fathers went to China in 1920 and began work in Hanyang. The Columban Sisters began work in China in 1926.

February 9, 2018
Fr. Richard Ranaghan  

Richard Ranaghan was born in Killough, Co. Down, Ireland, in 1889. He was ordained in 1914 and ministered in the Diocese of Down and Connor until he joined the Missionary Society of St. Columban in 1917.

February 7, 2018
The first group of Columban priests in China  

In 1954 Fr. Edward MacElroy became the last Columban of that era to leave China.

February 5, 2018
Sharing Gospel Joy  

It is truly a joy for the Missionary Society of St. Columban to be celebrating our centenary. We give thanks to God and all those who have supported us.

February 1, 2018
1929 Philippines  
February 1, 2018
Students and staff at St. Columbans, NE  

"You are mad to try to organize a foreign missionary society while Ireland is in the throes of a World War," was the warning which met Fr. Edward Galvin, just returned to Ireland after four years work in China. He and Fr.

February 1, 2018
In So Many Words  

Since our founding in 1918, the Society has published a magazine, first under the title of The Far East, while it is now known as Columban Mission.

February 1, 2018

This year, as Columban missionaries celebrate a century of mission, we pause to look back and marvel at the abundance of God's blessings.


About us

Columban logoThe Columbans are a society of missionaries, including priests and lay people, who minister to people of various cultures as a way of witnessing to the universal love of God.

We go in the name of the Church to announce, by deed and word, the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Quick Contact

Missionary Society of St. Columban
P.O. Box 10
St, Columbans, NE 68056
Phone: 877-299-1920
Fax: 402-291-4984