Ordained Priesthood

Columban missionary priests integrate ordained ministry within their Christian community with reaching out across boundaries of culture and faith to the poor and the marginalised.

They are committed to a lifelong relationship with Christ, to discipleship, prayer and loving service of others, with a particular emphasis on interreligious dialogue and issues of justice, peace and the integrity of creation. To witness to the Good News in our world, endowed with the Spirit and a variety of gifts and ministries.

The Columban Missionaries in Britain are actively seeking single, young Catholic men to join the organisation who:

  • desire and feel called to give their life to Christian mission
  • have resident status in Britain
  • are at least 22 and under 30 years of age
  • have completed at least secondary education
  • are willing, and able, to give themselves to ongoing learning and formation

Through the various stages of formation the candidate is facilitated in the ongoing discernment of his call, learns more about the Missionary Society of St. Columban and prepares for a life of service as a missionary priest. Much of the formation takes place overseas which allows candidates to have a sustained experience of cross-cultural living and regular engagement in cross-cultural ministry.

Fr. Teakare Betero blesses a guest at his ordination Mass in Fiji in November 2019.

Are you being called to learn more?

If you would like more details about the formation process or have any questions about mission life as an ordained priest and would like to talk with a Columban priest, please call the mission office on 01564 772 096, or email to vocations@columbans.co.uk.