Columban missionaries around the world respond to the social, health and educational needs of women, children and people with disabilities. They share in the struggles faced by indigenous tribal communities, accompany adults and young people with HIV and addictions, visit people in prison and provide assistance and support to migrant workers.
In Britain, Columbans participate in a network of organisations providing care and restoring dignity for the thousands of refugees and asylum seekers who come to Birmingham, coping with a tough British asylum system and significant public hostility.
At the heart of this ministry is Fatima House, a collaborative project with the Archdiocese of Birmingham and Father Hudson Charity. Columban Interreligious Dialogue Coordinator Mauricio Silva supervises the daily running of the house which provides temporary accommodation and support to women seeking asylum in the UK.