100 Points of Light Archive

100 Points of Light - 1994

In 1994, in two separate mission countries, misfortune would cut down two members of the Columban family – one priest and one lay missionary.

Father Vincent J. Power was a native of County Tipperary, Ireland. He was ordained in 1955 at Dalgan in Navan. He had served nearly 30 years in Japan and several years in Ireland when he began his service in the Columban mission country of Jamaica in 1990.

100 Points of Light - 1993


The year 1993 was full of Columban historical milestones. The U.S. Society was celebrating its 75th anniversary and the Columban Fathers were marking 60 years of their mission in Korea.

Fittingly, on November 23, 1993, the first Korean, Columban Father Dominic Kim Jong-Keun, was ordained in Seoul.

100 Points of Light - 1992


Father Cathal P. Coulter, a native of Northern Ireland, was one of the Columbans who continued the great filmmaking tradition of Columban Father Richard Ranaghan. The energetic Father Coulter produced more than 20 Columban mission films between the early 1970s through 1993.

100 Points of Light - 1991


In 1982, the Columban General Council made the monumental decision to officially allow and encourage vocations from mission countries.

By the early 1990s, the Columbans were blessed with seminary students from several of their mission countries, and many different ethnic backgrounds.

100 Points of Light - 1990


The Columban Companions in Mission program was born in 1990, when Sister Rosalie Callen of the Order of Saint Joseph of Carondelet was attending a religious conference in California.

There she met Columban Father James J. O’Brien and Columban lay employee Sylvia Thompson who were running the Columban Mission Education Program.

100 Points of Light - 1989


The Columban Fathers have a long tradition of starting charitable, practical economic projects in their various mission countries. Columban Father Sean J. Connaughton had served for years in the poverty-stricken Philippines, when in 1989 he set up a chapter of the Grameen Bank in Manila.

100 Points of Light - 1987


Throughout history, changing times and technology have altered innumerable traditional cultures all over the world. By the 1980s, this process was accelerating, as the world became more globalized, technology surged forward, and peoples and nations became more economically connected.

100 Points of Light - 1986


In 1982, a Columban General Assembly of representatives from all countries where Columbans lived and ministered, discussed the need for new missions for the Society.

Catholic dioceses in a number of countries had asked the Columbans for help. After much discussion, the Columban leadership made the decision to begin new missions in the English-speaking countries of Belize and Jamaica.

100 Points of Light - 1985


In the mid-1970s, the Columban Fathers were looking to expand their presence in Latin America, and had received invitations from Catholic dioceses in Bolivia and Panama. 

The 1982 Columban General Assembly decided to research Brazil, the largest Latin American nation. Several Columban research teams had investigated the possibility of a Columban mission in Brazil, and recommended the Dioceses of Barreiras and Salvador in the country. 


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Columban logoThe Columbans are a society of missionaries, including priests and lay people, who minister to people of various cultures as a way of witnessing to the universal love of God.

We go in the name of the Church to announce, by deed and word, the Good News of Jesus Christ.

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Missionary Society of St. Columban
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Phone: 877-299-1920
Fax: 402-291-4984
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