Missionary Society of St Columban
Establish the church among peoples to whom the Gospel has not been preached; help Churches mature until they are able to evangelize their own and other peoples; promote dialogue between Christians and those of other religious traditions; facilitate interchange between local Churches, especially those from which we come and those to which we are sent; foster in local Churches an awareness of their missionary responsibility.
The Society was founded in 1918 by two Irish priests Fr Edward Galvin and Fr John Blowick for missionary work in China. It has close connections with the Columban Sisters who were founded in 1924. In 1988 the Society established the Columban Lay Mission. At the moment there are 480 priests, from 11 countries, involved in Columban Mission in 16 countries.