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February 2018

Poppies and Pain

Drugs have wrought havoc in Kachin State. Despite over 50 years of on-going warfare for independence from Myanmar, more Kachin people have died from drug-related problems than from the armed conflict.

February 21, 2018
Choosing Him

Choosing Him

Pope Francis has chosen the motto "Miserando atque eligendo," meaning lowly but chosen; literally in Latin "by having mercy, by choosing Him." I was reminded at a Lenten recollection facilitated by another Columban priest that only those who experienced real mercy will also be able to show so muc

Fr. Kurt Zion Pala

February 19, 2018
Frs. Jude and Joseph

Reflections on Formation

In February 2015, I was appointed vice-rector to the Columban formation program in Korea. Just like any journey, my journey into formation ministry has been a step into the unknown. Along the way everything seemed new and, as a result, I felt anxious and excited at the same time.

Fr. Jude Genovia

February 19, 2018
Mercy and justice

Mercy and Justice

On this 100-year anniversary of the Missionary Society of St. Columban, we lift up the Gospel values of mercy and justice at the heart of Columban mission.

Scott Wright

February 17, 2018
Lay Missionaries

On Mission in the Philippines

Movements and changes continue in the Philippines, at this time of celebration of 100 years of the Society of St. Columban. By God's grace we continue our mission of spreading God's love, especially with those on the margins.

Arlenne Villahermosa

February 16, 2018
Fostering Unity

Fostering Unity and Diversity

Our Columban History

Fr. Patrick Raleigh

February 14, 2018
Two Sisters helping a mother with her baby in China

Missionary Sisters of St. Columban

Our story of the Missionary Sisters of St. Columban traditionally begins with the words, "It was because two people shared a vision and answered a similar call that the Missionary Sisters of St. Columban came to be." Those two people were Fr. John Blowick and Frances Moloney.

Sr. An Gray

February 14, 2018
Columban lay missionaries at the IDP camp in Myanmar

Constant Flame of Love

Anniversaries frequently have symbols associated with them like silver for 25 and gold for 50.

Amy Woolam Echeverria

February 14, 2018
China Formation Committee

The China Formation Committee

The Missionary Society of St. Columban was founded in 1918 for evangelization in China. The first Columban Fathers went to China in 1920 and began work in Hanyang. The Columban Sisters began work in China in 1926.

Fr. Eamon O'Brien

February 12, 2018
Fr. Richard Ranaghan

Missionary Pioneer of Motion Pictures

Richard Ranaghan was born in Killough, Co. Down, Ireland, in 1889. He was ordained in 1914 and ministered in the Diocese of Down and Connor until he joined the Missionary Society of St. Columban in 1917.

Columban Missionaries

February 9, 2018
The first group of Columban priests in China

China Today

In 1954 Fr. Edward MacElroy became the last Columban of that era to leave China.

Fr. Dan Troy

February 7, 2018
Sharing Gospel Joy

Sharing Gospel Joy

It is truly a joy for the Missionary Society of St. Columban to be celebrating our centenary. We give thanks to God and all those who have supported us.

Fr. Kevin O'Neill

February 5, 2018
In So Many Words

In So Many Words

Since our founding in 1918, the Society has published a magazine, first under the title of The Far East, while it is now known as Columban Mission.

February 1, 2018

Sharing Gospel Joy

This year, as Columban missionaries celebrate a century of mission, we pause to look back and marvel at the abundance of God's blessings.

By Fr. Tim Mulroy February 1, 2018


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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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