Who are The Columbans?

Columban Fr Liam Carey on mission in Peru.

The Columbans are a missionary society of priests who work in 16 countries including: Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Britain, Ireland, China, Japan, Korea, Myanmar (former Burma), Philippines, Taiwan, Pakistan, Chile, Peru, Brazil, and the United States. St Columbans Mission Society was formally founded in 1918 and takes its name from St Columban, Ireland's sixth century missionary to Europe.

Columban Fathers work in cooperation with lay people and Columban Sisters from a standpoint of solidarity with the poor and integrity of creation. Solidarity with the poor means that we recognise the moral challenge of worldwide and local poverty. It means supporting the struggle of the poor for real participation and against injustice.

Our objectives are to:

  • Promote Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation from a standpoint of solidarity with the poor.
  • Promote dialogue between Christians and those from all other religious traditions.
  • Facilitate interchange between local Churches.
  • Help local Churches grow into evangelising communities open to all peoples.
  • Establish the Church where the Gospel has not been preached.
  • Help grow a culture of peace.
  • Promote respect and care for the earth and environment.

We see solidarity with the poor and commitment to integrity of creation as essential elements of our missionary commitment. We go in the name of the Catholic Church and strive to identify with Jesus of Nazareth who said:

He has sent me to bring good news to the poor, to proclaim liberty to captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set the downtrodden free and to proclaim the Lord's year of favour. (Luke 4:18)

Within this framework, we often find ourselves working with and accompanying people who are suffering great injustices. We believe that the Gospel of Jesus Christ demands that his followers, the Church, challenge the scandals of poverty, suffering, exploitation and violence.

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