General Council

The General Council is made up of the Superior General, the Vicar General and two Councillors. The members of the General Council share with the Superior General the responsibilities of governance for the Society and guides it in its mission. In 2008 the General Council of the Society moved from Ireland, where it had been located since the Society’s beginnings in 1918, to Hong Kong. The members of General Council provide leadership and work in dialogue with Columban Missionaries in all the countries where we work.

Members of the General Council are:

Columban Superior General, Fr Kevin O’NeillSuperior General - Fr Kevin O’Neill SSC
Fr Kevin O’Neill was ordained on 10 July, 1992. Fr Kevin spent most of his missionary journey in Taiwan until his appointment to China in 2009. In September 2012 Fr Kevin was appointed Superior General of the Missionary Society of St Columban in Hong Kong. The term of appointment as Superior General is six years.

Columban Vicar General, Fr Arturo AguilarVicar General - Fr Arturo Aguilar SSC
Fr Arturo Aguilar is from Corpus Christi, Texas, United States. Fr Arturo was ordained in 1984 and has worked as a Columban missionary priest in Chile, Brazil and the United States. Fr Arturo was the Columban Regional Director for the United States from 2006-2012.

Columban General Councillor, Fr Darwin BayacaGeneral Councillor - Fr Darwin Bayaca SSC
Fr Darwin Bayaca is from Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental, Philippines. He was ordained in 2005 and has worked as a Columban missionary in China and the Philippines. In 2009 he returned to the Philippines in the role as Rector of the Formation Program. He also served as the Columban Vice Director for the Philippines from 2011-2012.

Columban General Councillor, Fr Patrick ColganGeneral Councillor - Fr Patrick Colgan SSC
Fr Patrick Colgan, born in Ireland, was ordained in 1994. He missioned to Fiji, where he pastored among Fijian and Indo-Fijian communities and lead the Columban Formation Program in Suva. Elected to the General Council in 2012, he currently holds the portfolios for Communications, Interfaith Dialogue and Myanmar.

Central Administration

Central Administration oversees the portfolio of activities that directly support the Superior General and his Council. Columban Missionaries and lay staff who work in Central Administration are located at the Society’s headquarters in Hong Kong and Offices located in the Regions where Columban Missionaries work. Learn more about where we work.