Columban Mission History in the Philippines
Pastoral Activities and Outreach:
Campus Ministry was an enormous undertaking by the Columbans from the 1930's. Diocesan personnel now staff the program.
Columban Fathers' Seminary Formation:
Following the 1982 General Chapter of the Columban Fathers, the Region of the Philippines formed its own Initial Formation Program to prepare Filipino Columban Missionaries. There are presently 10 Filipino ordained missionaries.
Columban Sisters' Formation Program:
The Columban Sisters have a Novitiate in Manila for women wishing to join the Congregation. There are presently 21 Filipino Columban Sisters serving in Columban Mission areas.
Justice and Peace and Environment:
The Columbans in the Philippines see that working for Justice is central to their missionary endeavours. Ecological devastation is a factor that contributes enormously to the exploitation of the poor. Such concerns are a vital component in this ministry.
Dialogue of Life with Muslims and indigenous peoples is a priority. This was initially concentrated in Marawi and Pagadian. There are still Columbans engaged in the program.
Lay Missionaries: T
he Lay Mission Programme is very strong in the Region. The Region is both receiving and sending lay missionaries. Teams of Filipino L.M.'s have gone to Brazil, Fiji, Pakistan, Britain and Ireland. Philippines have received teams from Chile, Korea and Ireland. The Philippines have received teams from Chile, Korea and Ireland.
Five Columbans are engaged in this work together with teams of religious and laity. Its objective is to promote the missionary work of the Philippine Church. MISYON magazine is a very key element in this program.