“We are not here to convert China, but to do God’s will
and we do not know 24 hours ahead what that is”
These were the words of Edward Galvin, founder of the Columban Missionary Society, as the first missionaries set out in 1920 to live and walk alongside the poor and struggling people of China, who were troubled daily by political turmoil and natural disasters.
Never could they have foreseen the rapid expansion of the Society that is today working in sixteen countries, mainly across Asia, Latin America, and the Pacific Rim, in places and circumstances which are the modern equivalent of the challenges faced in China almost 100 years ago.
We aim to grow vibrant Christian communities wherever we go, restoring dignity to the marginalised and equipping them to challenge the roots of poverty and social injustice impacting on their lives.
Here you will be able to find out where we are, why we are there and what we are doing in response to the particular challenges of each place. We rely entirely on the support of friends and benefactors to help us continue this work. If you like what you find here, please consider making a donation.
Funds raised in Britain for mission overseas are currently supporting the work of Columban missionaries in
Columban missionaries are also present in the following countries. The link for each country will take you to the Society portal, or a Region or Mission Unit website or Facebook page, which may not always be available in English!
The first Columban missionaries came from Ireland, the United States of America, Australia and New Zealand, where today many of our supporters and benefactors live. In each country, Columban mission focuses on increasing mission awareness, advocacy on issues of justice, peace and the integrity of creation, interfaith dialogue and the exchange of people and resources with other Columban mission areas.
Find out more by visiting their websites.
In September 2018, a new Society Leader (Fr. Tim Mulroy) and Society Vicar (Fr. Brian Vale) were elected to form our new General Council, with Frs. Joseph Kang, and Alvaro Martinez elected to serve as Councillors. They lead the Central Administration of the Society, which is based in Hong Kong, at the heart of our Asian mission regions. The Procurator General, Fr Robert McCulloch, maintains our link to the Vatican and is based in Rome.