The Columbans have a strict policy in that we do not recruit from Countries where
we do not have an active missionary presence. We also have an upper age limit of
28 in place at the moment.
The following is an out line of the formation programme. Potential Missionaries are
interviewed and after a process of selection are invited to take part in the training
programme which starts with an accompaniment period of about a year in one’s own
country. During this time candidates are involved in local mission which includes
crossing significant socio-cultural boundaries.
Regular meetings are held to get to know each other and gain a greater understanding
of the Society its stated goals and policies and expectations. The candidate eventually
makes a formal application and is then asked to undergo an appropriate psychological
assessment. The candidate then submits references and undergoes a general medical
examination. After this there are in-depth interviews by the assessment board. On
acceptance the candidate may enter the formation programme, which includes formal
studies to degree level in Philosophy and Arts/ Theology, Missiology etc. There is
also a period which is called ‘First Mission Assignment’ where the student will spend
two years on a mission before returning to complete studies and hopefully Ordination.
I hope that this is helpful to you. If you wish to make further enquiries would you
please send us some information about yourself, your personal history, academic level
and involvement in your local church, etc.
Please use the form on the next page to contact us.
May the Good Lord grant you peace and joy.
How Will You Respond to the Call of God to Serve?
Have you considered how you will serve? Our Missionary Society involves priests,
sisters, lay missionaries, staff and volunteers from around the world, all of whom
have answered the call.
If you are ready to talk further, contact us and we’ll explain more about what it
means to be a missionary, a Columban Priest, Sister or Lay Missionary, and we’ll
listen carefully to your questions. Discernment is personal, spiritual and unique
to each of us, just as God’s plans for us have been since your baptismal day.
Being You and a Missionary
Columbans have various talents from public speaking and guitar playing to showing
compassion and being a listener. What’s your skill? A missionary priest good with
his hands can literally have a hands-on approach to common things like updating shelter
and fixing equipment.
A priest with strong story-telling skills can capture stories to share with Columban
supporters. Those stories inspire more involvement, financial support, and greater
good in your parish.
A priest with a business sense can play a key role in efficiency and accountability,
stretching the support of others to have great lasting effects.
Current Columban Fathers appreciate that our missionary society is smaller than some,
allowing for more personal connections. Through those we begin to recognize the strengths
of individuals. We aren’t as concerned about fitting in.
In Seminary, you’ll immediately meet people who have different backgrounds from you.
The call they heard may have sounded different, and the path they are on might lead
a different direction. But the paving of that path comes from God, and He blesses
us with unique talents with which to travel.