Columban Invitation to Mission Programme

Pope Francis speaks of missionary discipleship as being ‘a call from God for today’s busy and complicated world, a constant setting out with Jesus, in order to know how and where the Master lives’. People who take part in the Columban Invitation to Mission programme respond to that call.

At the Columban’s General Chapter meeting in 2012, the leaders of the Society recognised that there was a desire among people to engage in mission in new and creative ways. Two years later, the Columban missionaries in Britain developed the Invitation to Mission programme, which aims to nurture the missionary spirit and to provide people with an experience of cross-cultural mission whilst following their baptismal call.

The first group from this region went to El Paso during Holy Week in 2015.  Since then, we have run six further Invitation to Mission programmes and a mix of Columban supporters, educators, activists and co-workers have taken part in a learning experience, growing in faith and understanding through preparation in the UK, a 10-day visit overseas and follow up on return. Recent programmes have included visits to Peru, Chile, Pakistan and the Philippines.

Unfortunately, due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the 2020 Invitation to Mission programme has been cancelled. The team were planning a visit to the USA/Mexico border to spend Holy Week in El Paso, USA and in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

Interested in taking up our Invitation to Mission?

If you’re keen on living out the Gospel whilst exploring issues surrounding faith, migration and poverty then please consider  joining our next programme. For further details about the Invitation to Mission programme and to register your interest, please email invitationtomission@columbans.co.uk.

“Community and hospitality were at the heart of the brief time I spent in the Philippines. I had the amazing opportunity to stay with a family in the Columban parish in Malate during Holy Week. This immersion into community life in preparing for the huge party of the Resurrection of Jesus was a real privilege.”