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Timeline of the History of the Society

This timeline was drawn up by Dr Neil Collins SSC who is documenting the history of the society.


The Pioneers

Fr Neil Collins on the pioneers of the society.

There’s a picture in my room entitled Ordo presbyterorum societatis ab eius inceptione usque ad finem anni 1923. It has photos of the faces of 83 priests, 9 rows of 9, with two additional portraits at the bottom, those of James O’Connell and Charles Cullen, the first Columbans to die.

Today I want to reflect on the first seven, the pioneers of the society. The order is interesting: Edward J. Galvin, the founder; Pat O’Reilly, one of the two who joined Galvin in China in 1915; John Henaghan, first editor of The Far East; John Blowick, first superior of the society; Joe O’Leary, the other priest who answered Galvin’s call in 1915; Edward J. McCarthy, first director of the US region and founder of SCA in Manila; and James Conway.


Documentary on John Blowick

This Radio Documentary on Fr. John Blowick presented and produced by Malachy Smyth and Liamy MacNally was broadcast on Midwest Radio on Sunday July 25th. (Reek Sunday) at 9am. Among those who took part in the programme was Mrs. Teresa Blowick Sister-in-Law of Fr. John. Our thanks to Mr. Sean Nestor and members of the Columban Missionaries who were so helpful in its making and to Midwest Radio for so generously sharing it with the listening public.


The Columban Society

The Missionary Society of St. Columban and the Congregation of the Missionary Sister of St Columban were born from the vision of two young priests whom Providence brought together in the years between 1916 and 1920.

Edward Galvin (left), on loan to the Diocese of Brooklyn, New York, heard from a missionary about the religious situation in China and volunteered to go there himself.

Missionaries -  we're just trying to match the generosity of those with whom we work and those who support us.

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