100 Points of Light - 2002


As the 21st century began, the Columbans were approaching the 50th anniversary of their presence in the countries of Fiji and Peru.

In the late 1950s, Bishop Victor Foley, the Marist bishop of Fiji, asked the Columbans for help, and the first Columban Fathers arrived there in February 1952.

In the summer of 1952, the first Columban Fathers arrived in Lima, Peru.

100 Points of Light 2001


In 2001, just weeks before the devastating attacks of September 11, gunmen murdered 57-year-old Columban Father Michael Anthony “Rufus” Halley in the southern Philippines island of Mindanao.

A native of County Waterford, Ireland, Father Halley had served the vast majority of his mission career in the troubled region of the southern Philippines.

100 Points of Light - 2000


As a new millennium dawned, the Columbans looked back on their achievements in the 20th century, while similarly casting an eye to the future of the Society.

The much-feared Y2K disaster never occurred, but much political and social change had taken place all over the world, and within the Society itself.

100 Points of Light - 1998


In the 1990s, use of the World Wide Web and Internet was increasing exponentially worldwide. Businesses, non-profit organizations, and the general public were discovering this exciting new medium and all of its potential.

In January 1998, the Columbans began the first website for their organization. Over the years, the website became more developed, complex, and advanced, mirroring the development and advancement of the Internet in general.

100 Points of Light 1997


In 1997, the Columbans made the decision to create a Spanish-language edition of their magazine Columban Mission. This was a way to better convey the Columban message to the growing Hispanic community in the United States, as well as spreading news about the Columban activities in Latin America.

100 Points of Light - 1996


In 1916, a young Irish priest named Edward J. Galvin had an idea to start a new mission for the huge nation of China, where he had worked previously. In that year, Father Galvin traveled to Ireland to try to gain support for this idea, and there he met Father John Blowick, a professor at the Maynooth seminary.

100 Points of Light - 1995


Throughout the 1990s, the Columban Fathers continued to develop vocations from their mission nations. Accordingly, on October 1, 1995, the first Peruvian Columban, Father Diego Cabrera Rojas was ordained at the Parish of Los Santos Arcangeles in Lima, Peru, by Cardinal Archbishop Augusto Vargas Alzamora.

100 Points of Light - 1994


In 1994, in two separate mission countries, misfortune would cut down two members of the Columban family – one priest and one lay missionary.

Father Vincent J. Power was a native of County Tipperary, Ireland. He was ordained in 1955 at Dalgan in Navan. He had served nearly 30 years in Japan and several years in Ireland when he began his service in the Columban mission country of Jamaica in 1990.

100 Points of Light - 1993


The year 1993 was full of Columban historical milestones. The U.S. Society was celebrating its 75th anniversary and the Columban Fathers were marking 60 years of their mission in Korea.

Fittingly, on November 23, 1993, the first Korean, Columban Father Dominic Kim Jong-Keun, was ordained in Seoul.


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.

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