Who are the Columban Missionaries?
The 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.
Our mission throughout the world is to facilitate the formation of vibrant faith communities and help struggling people regain their dignity. Through our diverse efforts, we challenge the oppressive structures of poverty, illiteracy, violence and injustice. Our social, economic, medical and educational programs are open to all regardless of religious affiliation.
- To establish the Church where the Gospel has not been preached.
- To help local Churches grow into evangelizing communities open to all peoples.
- To facilitate interchange between local Churches.
- To promote dialogue between Christians and those from all other religious traditions.
- To promote justice, peace and creation from a standpoint of solidarity with the poor.
We work in Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Britain, Ireland, China, Chile, Hong Kong, Fiji, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Myanmar, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Taiwan, Rome, Mexico and the United States.
Through living and ministering among peoples of other cultures and traditions, we witness to our belief that all peoples are children of the one God and brothers and sisters in Christ. In those countries where we are unable to preach the Gospel openly, we continue to offer support to small and vulnerable Christian communities through our presence with them in their struggles. We invite people who have been abandoned or forgotten by society to find support and hope in vibrant faith communities.
In the U.S., we continue to invite all the baptized to share in the universal mission of the Church through actively supporting our various missionary endeavors or through exploring the missionary dimensions of their own faith with us in a cross cultural setting. We work with Korean, Hispanic, Filipino and Chinese communities in Washington, D.C., Bristol, Rhode Island, Omaha, Nebraska, El Paso, Texas (and across the border in Juarez, Mexico) and California. Our Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach in Washington, D.C., focuses on the issues of justice, peace and integrity of creation, raising awareness among lawmakers and providing young people with an opportunity to advocate on behalf of the voiceless.
In all of our work, we strive to identify with Jesus of Nazareth who said, “He has sent me to bring good news to the poor, to proclaim liberty to captives, and to the blind new sight, to set the downtrodden free and to proclaim the Lord’s year of favor.” (Lk 4:18)
The Missionary Society of St. Columban was formally founded in 1918 and takes its name from St. Columban, Ireland’s sixth century missionary to Europe.
U.S. Region Headquarters
While St. Columbans, Nebraska, is the official site of our headquarters, we are proud to be associated with Bellevue, Nebraska, located just south of Omaha and just west of the Missouri River.
The St. Columbans designation refers to our U.S. post office that is located at the Society’s headquarters. It is not an incorporated city in the state of Nebraska.
We have offices, priest residences, a retreat center and lots of room for you to visit our campus. A short walking trail leads to a grotto, a place for reflection. A number of wild animals such as deer and turkey and other creatures call this place “home,” too.
To find us, travel Olde Towne Bellevue on Mission Ave. (Highway 370), then head north two blocks on Calhoun Street. You will drive through two blocks of housing, then come to our driveway. Continue north up the hill, and you’ll see our welcome sign and buildings. Feel free to get out of the car, take a few pictures and enjoy a nice walk around the grounds.