Columban Presence Grows Despite Dire Poverty
In 1953, three Columban missionary priests were sent to Santiago, Chile to develop Christian communities in the continually growing, poor housing tracts on the outskirts of the city. Over a fifteen year period, the Columban effort grew from one to seven parishes and from three to 28 Columbans and priest associates caring for 200,000 people. This was carried out during a time of dire poverty, resulting from lack of employment and education. Much poverty still exists today although the political climate is now much more stable.
Years of mission to the world
Generations of people lifted to dignity