Centenary Statement

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The Columban mission family in Britain share with you the following statement prepared for our centenary year to all who participate in or wish to know about Columban mission. 

As we in Britain look back on 100 years of Columban mission, we give thanks to God for all the gifts and challenges which have been showered on us. At this important moment in our history we commit ourselves with renewed energy to what the future may bring, confident that the God of mission will continue to inspire and guide us. The Centenary is an opportunity, not only to celebrate with joy, but also to discern our small but unique contribution to God’s mission in the future. In Britain, our mission has four priorities which are:

  • To raise awareness of and elicit support for Columban missions
  • To work in solidarity with the poor and the exploited earth for justice, peace and the integrity of creation
  • To promote life-giving relationships between peoples of different cultures and religions
  • To facilitate mission for others and the exchange of personnel and resources between Britain and other places where Columbans work

In doing all this we are very grateful to the British people who have supported us so well over the years. You are part of our mission and we invite you to be part of our Centenary celebrations and our discernment on where God is calling us.

Pope Francis is a rich source of inspiration, encouragement and challenge as we respond to our missionary call today. He reminds us that the message we proclaim is joyous Good News. The message is basically about the unconditional love, compassion and forgiveness of God reaching out to everyone and becoming a basic principle of all our exchanges. Pope Francis is very emphatic in saying that our missionary call is rooted in baptism.

“Every Christian is a missionary to the extent that he or she has encountered the love of God in Christ Jesus: we no longer say that we are ‘disciples’ and ‘missionaries,’ but rather that we are always ‘missionary disciples’”. 
Pope Francis from his encyclical Evangelii Gaudium

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