The Missionary Society of St. Columban was founded in 1918. As a society of priests and lay people, Columbans live in solidarity with those who are made poor and marginalized, including the wounded earth, in 17 countries around the world.
These countries are Australia, Britain, Chile, China, Fiji, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Myanmar, New Zealand, Pakistan, Peru, the Philippines, Taiwan, and the United States.
Following in the footsteps of our patron St. Columban, at the heart of our mission is cross-cultural encounters. We believe that cross-cultural encounters can inspire people to build prophetic communities that help bring about the Reign of God.
At the invitation of the Second Vatican Council, and inspired by the activism of the communities that we accompany, in 1976 the Society formally recognized that at the heart of our mission is the work for justice, peace, and ecology. Across the world we do this through direct service projects, educational resources, community organizing, advocacy, and other initiatives.
Reflecting on our 100 years of experience, the Society developed position statements on the following issues: migration, extractive industries, water, climate change, genetically modified organisms, peace and nonviolence, and economic justice. You can read those position statements below as well as access other resources from the Society globally.
Please note that as the United States based advocacy office, St. Columban Mission for Justice, Peace and Ecology works exclusively on ecology and US/MX border issues.
Resources from the Missionary Society of St. Columban
The best way to address the world’s injustices is by harnessing the collective wisdom of the world’s religions and to advocate together. Learn more about interreligious dialogue and its importance here.
Columbans are advocating for justice and peace in 17 countries around the world. Read more about the amazing work they are doing here.