Mission awareness. Every weekend there are mission appeals in several parishes around
the country made by Columbans who are trying to raise awareness of the missionary
dimension of the Church and calling for support for our work, spiritually, materially
and in personnel.
Members of the British Region on St. Columban’s Day 2009
We are named after Saint Columban, a sixth century Irish monk, (540-615 AD) who felt
called by God to go with others on mission among the peoples of Europe, to witness
to God’s loving compassion and goodness.
The Society of St. Columban is a Catholic organization working in eighteen countries
with a special commitment to Asia and Latin America.
Its primary aim is inculturation of the Gospel in Cross Cultural environments. Columbans
engage in Reconciliation, Dialogue and building relationships between peoples of
different faiths, cultures and ideologies.
At the heart of Columban work is the call to help people become fully human, to help
establish a world of peace with justice and care for the integrity of creation in
solidarity with the poor.
In order to do this effectively the Society strives to read the signs of the times
through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, willing to take the risks of meeting the
challenges that confront it.