About Us

Who are the Columbans?

Saint Columban, our patron

The Missionary Society of St. Columban is a Catholic organization working in sixteen countries with a special commitment to Asia and Latin America. Columbans are missionaries who go in the name of the Church to announce, by deed and word, the good news of Jesus Christ.

Our specific objectives are:

  • to establish the Church where the gospel has not been preached.
  • to help local Churches grow into evangelizing communities open to all peoples.
  • to promote dialogue between Christians and those of other religious traditions.
  • to facilitate interchange between local Churches, especially those from which we come and those to which we are sent
  • 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.

We strive to identify with Jesus of Nazareth who said, ‘He has sent me to bring good news to the poor, to proclaim liberty to captives, and to the blind new sight, to set the downtrodden free and to proclaim the Lord’s year of favour’. (Lk 4:18)

Within this framework, we often find ourselves working with and accompanying people who are suffering great injustices. We believe that the gospel of Jesus Christ demands that his followers, i.e. the Church, challenge the scandals of poverty and violence.