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A Journey too Short

Recently The Cullen family gathered  Dalgan Park, Navan on Saturday 13th July 2013 to take part in a special mass to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the death in China of Father Charles Cullen, and to remember and pay tribute to their uncle. 

Charles Cullen was the first Columban Missionary to die in the field. Some say that he is also the first Irishman of any order to die in China. 
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Galvin Letters Exhibition

In response to requests from readers we have now put up an online version of the Galvin Letters Exhibition that was put together by archivist Niamh Collins.

As well as a browsable gallery of pictures and reproductions of some of the original letters, you can also down load a copy of the short guide produced by Niamh for the exhibition.

This guide contains typed transcription of the letters for easier reading.




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Exhibition of Galvin's letters

Recently the new Irish Missionary Union offices hosted an exhibition that recalled in poignant detail the early years in China of one of the founders of the Columban Fathers.
The exhibition  focused on letters of Edward Galvin, then a young priest from Cork, writing home from China to his family and friends. The thoughts expressed in those letters led to the foundation of the Maynooth Mission to China (now, the Columban Fathers) in 1918. The exhibition was prepared by the archivist in Dalgan Park, Niamh Collins.



You can watch an interview with Niamh below

 
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Remembering Charles Cullen SSC

The Cullen family gathered at the Missionary Society of St. Columban, Dalgan Park, Navan on Saturday 13th July 2013 to take part in a special mass to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the death in China of Father Charles Cullen, and to remember and pay tribute to their uncle.

 Father Charles was one of the first 19 students of the new mission when the college opened on 29th January 1918 at Shrule, Co. Galway. Ordained on 5th June 1921, he left Cove for New York on 8th September 1921 where he travelled within the U.S.A. preaching and fundraising for the cause before setting sail on 26th November 1921 from Seattle - one of the second group of priests to arrive in Hanyang China, the vicariate allocated to the Missionary Society of St. Columban by the Vatican.
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Columban Fathers Central Archive

Columban Fathers Central Archive

  

 

Collections 

Columban Fathers Central Archive contains material relating to Columban activity from 1916-present day. This consists of the administrative archives of Central Administration, Mission Regions, and Regional Mission Units, the records of the
Columban History Project, the papers of some members of the Society, Columban publications and newsletters, as well as oral history, film and photographic collections.

A major project to catalogue the archive is currently underway. A number of collections have been catalogued so far, and are available to researchers. These include:

  • Regional Collections: China, Philippines, Korea, Australia and the United States
  • Columban Members Collections: Edward Galvin and John Blowick
  • Central Administration Foundation
  • Columban History Project
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