100 Points of Light - 2018


One hundred years ago, two young Irish priests, Edward J. Galvin and John Blowick, established a branch of the Missionary Society of Saint Columban, colloquially known as the Columban Fathers, in the United States of America, specifically the Omaha area.

Bishop Galvin and Fr. Blowick founders
Bishop Edward Galvin (left) and Fr. John
Blowick founded the Missionary Society
of St. Columban

Galvin and Blowick had founded the Maynooth Mission to China in 1916 in their home country, and decided to expand it to the U.S.A. In 1918, albeit with the change of name to the Columban Fathers, the two Fathers accomplished this goal.

In 2018, the Columban Fathers in the U.S. marked the centennial of their Society with celebrations at the Columban property in Bellevue, Nebraska, as well as at Columban mission units all over the world.

Sister Angie Dries’ outstanding book, Be Centered in Christ and Not in Self, which documents the history of the Columban Fathers in the U.S., was also released in 2018.

The Columban Fathers have been through a century of hardship and tribulation, but most of all, success and growth.

In the year 2018, the Columbans could look back on one hundred years of achievement in spreading the Christian message and doing good works all over the globe, with more great accomplishments and adventures ahead. 

Columban founders Bishop Galvin and Fr. Blowick

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
1902 N. Calhoun
St. Columbans, NE 68056
Phone: 877-299-1920
Fax: 402-291-4984
email: mission@columban.org