Pilgrims for Christ
Columban missionaries have served in the Philippines since 1929. Through parishes and mission work on the islands of Luzon, Negros and Mindanao, the Columbans continue to touch the lives of thousands of Filipinos.
The Columbans care for handicapped children, address ecological concerns such as strip mining, work with tribal people, participate in peace initiatives between Muslims and Catholics and have long-term programs designed to improved the lives of the Filipino people.
Columbans in the Philippines
Mission Opens in 1929
The Philippines was the first Asian country outside of China where the Columbans started a mission. Archbishop Michael J. O’Doherty of the Archdiocese of Manila was dealing with a shortage of Catholic priests in that country, and consequently sent out an urgent call to the Columbans for help. In May 1929, with the Vatican’s approval, the first three Columban Fathers arrived in the Philippines: Gerald M. Cogan, Michael Cuddigan, and Patrick Kelly. They headed to the parish of Malate, in Manila.
Years of mission to the world
Generations of people lifted to dignity