100 Points of Light - 1957

In 1956, the growing Missionary Society of Saint Columban purchased a 100-year old home in West Chester, Pennsylvania, in the Philadelphia area, near the intersection of Routes 202 and 352, in the Goshenville neighborhood. The Columbans officially dedicated the West Chester House in March 1957 in a large ceremony which attracted many Catholic clergy and secular dignitaries from the Philadelphia area. Columban Father Peter Garahy served as the first Superior for the house. Misfortune would strike the Columbans later in 1957. In September of that year, Columban Father Edward J. McCarthy, one of the original seven Columban Fathers and a leader in the Society, died in a freak car accident. Despite this tragic loss, the West Chester House served as a beacon for the Columbans in the U.S.

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.

Quick Contact

Missionary Society of St. Columban
P.O. Box 10
St, Columbans, NE 68056
Phone: 877-299-1920
Fax: 402-291-4984
email: mission@columban.org