Saint Columban (San Columbano)

Posted by: Fr. Marvin | November 19th, 2014

Saint Columban was born c. 543 in Ireland. At the age of about 20 he entered the monastery of Bangor. Columban zealously practiced the severe discipline of the monastery, leading a life of prayer, ascesis and study.

When he was approximately 50 years old, following the Irish ascetic ideal of the “peregrinatio pro Christo”,making oneself a pilgrim for the sake of Christ, Columban left his island with 12 companions to engage in missionary work on the European Continent.

Welcomed kindly by the King of the Franks of present-day France, they were given an ancient Roman fortress totally ruined and abandoned and covered by forest.

In a few months the monks managed to build the first hermitage. Thus their re-evangelization began, in the first place, through the witness of their lives.
With the new cultivation of the land, they also began a new cultivation of souls. The fame of those foreign religious who, living on prayer and in austerity, worked the land spread rapidly, attracting pilgrims and penitents.

In particular, many young men asked to be accepted by the monastic community in order to live, like them, this exemplary life which was renewing the cultivation of the land and of souls. The monastery was to become the centre of the traditional Irish monastic and missionary outreach on the European Continent.

Columban introduced Confession and frequent penance.
This innovation roused the suspicion of local Bishops, that became hostile when Columban had the courage to rebuke them openly for the practices of some of them.

Intransigent as he was, Columban then reprimanded King Theuderic for his adulterous relation and was exiled. Arriving in Italy, Columban met with a warm welcome by the King of the Lombards who allocated to him a plot of land in Bobbio where Columban founded a new monastery. Here he came to the end of his days on 21 November 615.

St Columban’s message is concentrated in a firm appeal to conversion and detachment from earthly goods, with a view to the eternity, the ideal of the Columban.
The Missionary Society of St. Columban was formally founded in 1918 and takes its name from St Columban. The co-founders, the young Fathers Edward Galvin and John Blowick, found others who embraced their vision of being missionaries to China. Within a couple of years they spread out to UK, USA, Australia and New Zealand, following Irish emigrants to the new world to seek support for the new missionary movement.

Before long it became evident that in order to minister to families in China women were needed. Frances Moloney, a young widow who wanted to serve the needy, in collaboration with John Blowick, founded another branch of this missionary enterprise – the Missionary Sisters of St. Columban. Frances, together with twelve companions began their training to become missionary sisters making their vows on Sept. 29, 1924.


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