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Missionary Society of St Columban

Missionaries’ outreach to Muslims on Filipino island recalled

“This Muslim leader learned from these two Columbans the value of love and forgiveness and this brought a radical change to his life and a new and more life-giving interpretation of the Koran.”

2019.07.23.

New book tells the story of two “very brave” Irish missionaries

Joe Little of RTÉ launched the book about Columban priests Fr Des Hartford and Fr Rufus Halley’s efforts to foster peace between Muslims and Christians in the Philippines.

2019.07.19.

“We all need to nurture the courage to tell the truth”

Climate activist Dr Lorna Gold commends student journalists for their willingness to write about climate change ahead of the first climate strike at Dalgan Park, Co. Meath.

2019.06.04.

Conference sheds new light on legacy of St Columbanus

“He was a very human man who sought to live out his Christian vocation as a monk in a radical way. He walked a tightrope between being an outsider and yet having to operate within power structures – a balancing act which he did not always manage to negotiate successfully.”

2019.05.03.

Columbans choose Co. Mayo priest as their new leader

Ordained in 1995, Fr Tim Mulroy is a former school teacher from Swinford, and has served in Japan and the US.

2018.09.25.

“Irish Catholics have a special affection for the Columbans” – Archbishop Martin

“The Columban tradition has been one that embraces a unified mission of preaching the name of Jesus, caring for the poor and addressing the root causes of poverty and damage to God’s creation.”

2018.07.02.

Archbishop O’Reilly leads celebrations to mark Columbans’ centenary

The Columbans have left “an amazing legacy” and have made “an amazing investment in people” - Dr Mary McAleese.

2018.07.01.

Brutal slaying of Justin Valdez recalled at Columban ceremony

“It is so shameful that this horrific death took place here in Ireland of a young vibrant young woman out walking and with a very bright future ahead of her. We ask for forgiveness from the Filipino people.”

2018.06.13.

Missionary congregations discuss future challenges

As part of its centenary celebrations, the Missionary Society of St Columban held an international colloquium in Dalgan Park last week aimed at mapping out the future direction of mission in the Church.

2018.02.13.

Ireland’s oldest Catholic mission magazine celebrates 100 years

The Far East magazine is holding a competition for young journalists which invites students (aged 15-18 inclusive) to write an article or make a video report on the topic: ‘Migrants Are Our Neighbours’.

2018.01.09.

Bishops join Columban missionaries in launching centenary celebrations

The Columbans were “our heroes and we looked up to them, we admired their courage, and the way in which they risked everything for the Gospel of Christ" - Archbishop Michael Neary of Tuam.

2017.11.25.

Schools journalism competition focuses on plight of migrants

The objective of the competition is to encourage students to use their writing and mobile skills to look at a topical issue which is relevant to Catholic Social Teaching and resonates with Columban mission.

2017.10.11.

Columban to join Vatican liturgy congregation

Robert will bring to this role his vast knowledge and experience of teaching in this area of the life of the Church – Fr Kevin O’Neill, Superior General of the Missionary Society of St Columban.

2017.01.19.

Fr Shay Cullen to personally accept Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty Award next month

The co-founder of the PREDA Foundation will receive the award in recognition of his work with abused children in the Philippines.

2016.10.22.

Maynooth confers degrees to mark Columban’s 1400th

Three honourees recognised for their contribution to the continuation of the work and mission of St Columban in the 21st century.

2015.12.01.

Irish missionaries may be beatified in Korea

Seven Columbans were killed during the early days of the Korean War.

2014.08.03.
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