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Bishop Edward Galvin landed in New York City in 1917 and began looking for a place to establish the Columban Society in the United States. He visited Philadelphia, Washington, Chicago and St. Louis before finding a home in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1918. In 1921, the Columbans purchased land in Bellevue, Neb., where they built their U.S. headquarters and seminary. The buildings and campus continue in use by the Columbans today.

Columban Mission Center in El Paso, Texas

Columban Mission Center

At the Columban Mission Center in El Paso, Texas, we offer exposure programs to visiting groups and facilitate their contact with organizations and institutions related to U.S./Mexico border issues — poverty, migration and human rights. 

The Columban Martyrs Memorial Garden at St. Columbans, Neb.

Columban Martyrs Memorial Garden

The Columban Martyrs Memorial Garden in Bellevue, Neb., memorializes the legacy of 24 Columban missionaries who gave their lives out of fidelity for the Gospel in various countries of the world. 

Columban Mission Magazine is published 8 times a year

Columban Mission Magazine

Columban Mission magazine, published eight times each year, tells the stories of our missionaries and the people they are called to serve through our shared Catholic faith.

Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach

Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach

A Voice for the Marginalized

Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach

A Voice for the Marginalized

The Center serves as the line of communication between Columban missionaries serving in 17 countries around the world and policy m akers in Washington, D.C. 

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Peace, Justice and the Integrity of Creation

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Migration & Refugees

Welcome the Stranger

Migration & Refugees

Welcome the Stranger

Columban missionaries serve migrants and refugees in a dozen countries throughout Asia Pacific, South America and the U.S.

Sharing Gospel Joy

St. Columbans, Nebraska

U.S. Headquarters dedication ceremony 1922 in St. Columbans, Neb.

Columban Seminary

Construction on the Columban seminary in Bellevue, Neb., was completed in 1922, under the direction of Columban Father Edward J. McCarthy.  An illustrious dedication ceremony took place on June 29th, 1922, led by Archbishop Jeremiah J. Harty of Omaha. The Columban Fathers had set the stage for a new wave of missionaries trained in the U.S., as well as a lasting presence in Bellevue.

Columban Mission

100

Years of mission to the world

17

Countries

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Generations of people lifted to dignity