New Columban Superior General

26th September 2018 - by Stephen Awre

New Columban General Council (web750)
New Leadership Team for Columban Mission - Fr. Tim Mulroy (Superior General), Fr. Joseph Kang (Councillor), Fr. Brian Vale (Vicar General) and Fr. Alvaro Martinez (Councillor)

As the Missionary Society of St Columban embarks on its second century, it has chosen Irishman, Fr Tim Mulroy from Co Mayo as its new Superior General.

Fifty-four-year-old Fr Tim is originally from Meelick, Swinford and was a primary school teacher before he joined the Columbans in 1987. Prior to his election as Superior General, he was working as regional director of the Columbans in the US, a role he has held since 2012.

Responding to the news of his election Fr Tim said, “As Columban Missionaries conclude the celebration of the centenary of our founding and at the same time prepare for a new century of mission, I feel both humbled and honoured to be given this leadership position.”

Fr Mulroy attended Meelick NS and St Patrick’s Secondary School, Swinford. He was ordained at Our Lady Help of Christians Church, Swinford in 1995.

He worked in parish ministry in Japan from 1995 until 2002, when he went to the US as director of formation at the Columban International Seminary in Chicago, a role he held for nine years. Afterwards he served in parish ministry at St Pius X Parish in El Paso, Texas before he was elected Regional Superior of the Columbans in the US.

“Coming from Mayo, I am conscious that I am walking in the footsteps of Fr John Blowick from Belcarra, one of the founders of the Columban Missionaries, who led this international organisation during its infancy years,” Fr Tim commented.

He continued, “Today, a century later, Columban Missionaries include women and men, married and single, lay and ordained from various countries, who strive to build bridges across our divided world and promote the unity of all God’s children.”

“As I look at Columban mission around the world, from Mexico to Myanmar, as well as from Peru to the Philippines, I am inspired by those people who remain committed to living out their faith in difficult circumstances. They remind me that the joy of the Gospel is far greater than the world’s problems and suffering.”

Fr Mulroy added, “As Columban missionaries look towards the future, we will continue to promote greater understanding and collaboration among people from different religious traditions. We will also continue to emphasize the importance of caring for our planet earth, so that succeeding generations will enjoy God’s blessings.”

The Mayo-native will be assisted by three other Columbans, Fr Brian Vale from New Zealand, who is the new Vicar General of the Society, Fr Alvaro Patricio Martinez Ibañez from Chile and Fr Joseph Kang of South Korea.