As overseas missionaries, Columbans have experienced something of the dislocation migrants feel and we also have learnt some of their languages. For some years now, Columban Missionaries have worked with Korean and Spanish speaking migrants, as well, we work with Mandarin and Cantonese speaking Catholic communities in Sydney.
Columban Fr Noel Connolly from the Columban Centre for Mission Studies has been a consultant and lecturer welcoming, enabling and integrating overseas born and trained priests and religious. He has given workshops across Australia in Broken Bay, Lismore, Maitland, Parramatta (NSW), Brisbane, Cairns, Rockhampton, Townsville (QLD), Melbourne (VIC) and Perth (WA) and particpated at seminars for newly arrived religious sponsored by Catholic Religious Australia.
Columbans, Fr Noel Connolly and Fr Brian Vale are also involved in Cross-Cultural Activities and an annual workshop for overseas born and trained priests and religious held at Saint Joseph’s in Baulkham Hills, New South Wales, Australia.
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Fr Noel Connolly SSC
Fr Noel Connolly is the Coordinator of the Centre for Mission Studies. He is a member of the Columban Mission Institute in Sydney, Head of Mission and Culture at the Broken Bay Institute and Lectures in Mission at the Catholic Institute of Sydney. He has worked in many Australian Dioceses in programmes to welcome, enable and help integrate overseas priests and religious.
Fr Brian Vale SSC
Fr Brian Vale is the Regional Director of St Columbans Mission Society for Australia and New Zealand. His interest in cross-cultural studies led to a MA in Comparative Culture from Sophia University, Tokyo. He has worked in Columban Society Formation as a Spiritual Director and has a particular interest in the Spirituality of Dialogue.