The main residence for Columbans in Australia, since 1924, is at Essendon, Victoria. Columbans are also based in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth.
Melbourne: Columban Mission Centre
The Columban Mission Centre (CMC) is responsible for fundraising for overseas Mission Units. Fundraising is generated through mission appeals, communications, publications and promotions. Our work has been greatly assisted by benefactors who have gifted the Columbans a legacy in their Wills.
Sydney: Columban Centre for Christian Muslim Relations (CCCMR)
The teaching of the Catholic Church motivates and inspires Columban missionaries to reach out to Muslims in dialogue and friendship. With our Centre located in Blacktown since 2017, we contribute especially to the Diocese of Parramatta, co-operating with diocesan agencies (Interfaith Commission, Education and Catholic Youth Parramatta). We hope to facilitate Christian-Muslim relations at grassroots level, between priests and imams and between parish and mosque congregations.
Rev Dr Patrick McInerney
Director of CCCMR
Peace, Ecology & Justice (PEJ)
The Missionary Society of St Columban's concerns for issues of Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation (JPIC) derives from our commitment to solidarity with the poor and our care and respect for all of Creation. JPIC was adopted by Columban Missionaries around the world in 1976, and links the Gospel to living justly, respecting ecological systems and growing peace.
In Australia we work within the framework of: Peace, Ecology and Justice giving expression to our committment to the concerns of JPIC.