Pope Francis frequently reminds all Catholics that the Church is missionary and is called to reach out to the poor, to sinners, to unbelievers and to those who live on the margins of modern society. This challenge galvanized Columban father Michael Hoban and the Church in Chile to reach out to those who feel that there is no place for them in society.
The Missionary Society of St. Columban, a Catholic missionary organization serving in fifteen countries around the world, says: "Columbans serve communities across the globe who daily face the devastating impacts of a dramatically changing climate. Our mission experience of living with poor communities impacted by environmental degradation compels us to work for the full restoration of our relationships with all of Creation." (Society Climate Change Statement, Sept 2014).
Columban Fr. Shay Cullen is set to receive another prestigious international award in recognition of his work against child sexual abuse and sex trafficking.
In November, the missionary, who is based in the Philippines, will receive the 2017 Martin Buber Award.
The honor reognises his work, through the PREDA Foundation, helping children and women.
He will be presented with the award in Kerkrade during the annual International Festival of Dialogue – EURIADE.