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100 Points of Light - 1950


Prior to his missionary career, Columban founder Bishop Edward J. Galvin had served in Brooklyn, New York, as a young parish priest.

Even as Bishop Galvin founded the Columbans and went to China, he retained his affection for the New York City borough.

By the mid-twentieth century, the Missionary Society of Saint Columban had been in existence for more than three decades. In 1950, the Columbans purchased a private residence at 869 President Street in Brooklyn, converting it into a promotional house and a “way-station” for Columban Fathers on their way to overseas missions or returning from them.

The Brooklyn House officially opened its doors in May 1950, and served as a hub for the Columbans on the U.S. East Coast and elsewhere.

Columban Brooklyn, NY house

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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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Missionary Society of St. Columban
1902 N. Calhoun
St. Columbans, NE 68056
Phone: 877-299-1920
Fax: 402-291-4984