Although mission is commonly misunderstood as something that happens overseas it is as relevant here in Australia in Melbourne or Sydney as it is in Manila or Seoul. Pope Francis in his recent exhortation, The Joy of the Gospel reminds us that "it is everyone’s responsibility". We are all to share the joy that is within us to build the Kingdom of God and work especially for the poor and the common good.
Ironically, learning the need for mission in Australia is a lesson that is most powerfully learnt when working overseas with people of other cultures, religions and class.
Our experience of living joyfully with other peoples gives Columban Missionaries unique insights and sensitivities into mission as we try to help people in Australia and New Zealand become more missionary.
We do this through our Mission Education programmes and through our more formal Academic Studies in Mission: