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The Four Felons

Four Columbans, John Casey, Patrick Ronan, Owen O’Kane and Patrick Reilly, all attached to the Huchow mission in the Chinese Province of Chekiang, were arrested by the Communist authorities on the same day in 1952. Transferred to Kashing jail, they spent the next sixteen months in solitary.

By Fr. Bernard Smyth
October 7, 2019
China Formation Committee

The 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.

Fr. Eamon O'Brien

February 12, 2018
The first group of Columban priests in China

China Today

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

Fr. Dan Troy

February 7, 2018

The Stable of Inner Self

I have mixed feelings reflecting on my experience of learning the Chinese Mandarin language. This includes happiness, sadness and confusion. By the end of this semester, I will be finishing up with full-time language studies.

Jihyun Kim

January 2, 2018
Fr. Taemoon visits Yang Ai

Christmas Gift

I am Taemoon Kwon, a Korean Columban who was ordained a priest in 2010.

Currently I am working in China. My main ministry is to share with Chinese Sisters and priests about spiritual direction and retreats and to look for Columban vocations.

Fr. Taemoon Kwon

December 22, 2017
I am more ready to welcome Christ in my heart.

The Meaning of Christmas

When I was asked to write about the meaning of Christmas for a newsletter for Columban lay missionaries, I wished to share with other missionaries about something special or unique which others never imagined.

Minah Seo

December 20, 2017
Christ has a home in my heart

The Baby Got a Home

When I joined the Columban Lay Missionary orientation program in 2002, I knew that my decision entailed a lot of letting go. I knew that there will be special occasions at home that I would miss.

Ben Sabado

December 8, 2017
St. Columbans G.H.Q. was flooded

The Chinese Flood of 1931

In 1932, the Yangste and Han rivers overflowed and flooded vast areas in China. The members of the Missionary Society of St. Columban in Hanyang, China, together with the others, tried to come to the aid of the thousands of people in Hanyang affected by the Great Flood.

Fr. Joseph Houston

November 20, 2017
Sr. Damien with a mother and child at the Caritas Center in Fanling.

God's Work

I went to China because we used to get The Far East magazine (the magazine of Columban missionaries published in Ireland). I was the eldest of six children: four girls and then two boys. We grew up between Roscommon and Castlerea in Ireland.

By Sr. Damien Rooney

August 1, 2017
An AITECE volunteer and her students

A Missionary Story

I was born in County Clare, Ireland, the eldest of seven children, four girls and three boys. I have thirteen nieces and nephews.

By Fr, Gerry Neylon

August 1, 2017

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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.

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