Missions & Charities
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT TO OUR NATIONAL CHARITIES AND TO YOUR LOCAL CHARITIES
NATIONAL MISSIONS AND CHARITIES INFORMATION
I encourage you to check out the websites for our National Charities and to share the information at your meetings.
Columban Fathers www.columban.org.
Columban Sisters www.columbansisters.org.
The Missionary Society of St. Columban (also known as the Columban Fathers) was founded by Fr. Edward Galvin of Ireland in 1918 to proclaim and witness to the Good News of Jesus Christ. Today, the Society is comprised of nearly 700 Columban missionaries, including priests, seminarians and lay missionaries.
During the 2008 year, the Columban Fathers celebrated their 90th Anniversary. Pope Benedict XV approved the Missionary Society of St. Columban in 1918. The Columban Fathers are presently serving in 14 countries, Australia, Britain, Chile, China, Fiji, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Taiwan, and the United States. These missionaries continue to direct their focus on matters of justice, peace, environment, world international debt and authentic enculturation of the gospel to world culture and religion.
The Mission Statement of the Columban Fathers is – “The demands of the Gospel call us to stand with the poor. The suffering of the downtrodden become our cross too. That is the work of the Missionary Society of St Columban in the United States and around the world. We cross boundaries of country, language and culture to establish the Catholic Church among people who have never heard the Gospel. We help churches mature until they are able to evangelize their own people. We promote dialogue between Christians and those of other religious faiths.”
You may order a “Starter Kit” from the Columban Fathers (877-299-1920) that contains forms and cards that your members may elect to use when making donations in the name of the Columban Fathers. It is recommended that you submit a $10 payment when ordering a “Starter Kit” You may also subscribe to the Columban Magazine by ordering on-line or by calling the Columban Offices at the above toll free number. The subscription fee is $10. I would recommend that every Division, County and State order a subscription for their Missions and Charities Officer. She may then share information with the members at each meeting.
The Columban Sisters were founded in Ireland in 1924. The Columban Sisters are a part of the Missionary Society of St. Columban, but have a separate organizational structure from the Columban Fathers. The Columban Sisters work in the United States began on Christmas Eve 1930 when the first Sisters from Ireland arrived in Silver Creek, New York.
Presently the Columban Sisters are serving in 12 countries on four continents, Chile, China/Hong Kong,, England, Ireland, Korea, Myanmar (Burma), Pakistan Peru, Philippines, Scotland, and the United States. These missionaries continue to provide service in the areas of pastoral outreach, education, medical, faith formation, spirituality, and social service.
In the United States the Sisters ministry is in California (Alhambra), Massachusetts (Boston, Brighton, West Roxbury) and in New York (Silver Creek).
The Mission Statement of the Columban Sisters is – “The Columban Sisters are a congregation of missionary religious women whose commitment to God leads them to cross boundaries of culture, language, and belief to proclaim the Good News of Jesus in today’s world.”
FORMS TO BE USED WHEN MAKING CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE NATIONAL CHARITIES
When making a donation to one of our National Charities, you are to complete the Office of Missions and Charities Report Form and forward the completed form along with your donation. The form can be found on the Forms page.
In order for your Division, County, and State to be credited for the donations made to the National Charities, your monies must be received by the National Missions and Charities Officer. If you send your contributions directly to one of the National Charities, you do not earn credit for your Division, County or State.
If your Division, County or State elects to use the Columban Fathers’ forms LAOH Mass Form (pink), LAOH Healing Prayer Form (white), or LAOH Enrollment form (green), you are to send these forms only to the Columban Fathers as stated on the form. You must also complete the National Missions and Charities Report form and indicate how you want your donation to be allocated and mail the completed form along with your check. If the donation is made at the Division Level the paper trail goes to the County Level (if applicable) and then to the State Level. Each level should maintain a copy of the National Missions and Charities Report Form so that you have records of your contribution by date and amount. All National Charities are 501(c)3 entities. Your check from the State Level should be made payable to LAOH, INC. and forwarded with your completed Missions and Charities Form to the National Missions and Charities Officer.
On the National website, there is an Acknowledgement Forms for donations made to the Columban Fathers (in case you are out of Mass Cards), or Columban Sisters if you are making the donation in memory of someone or in honor of someone. The acknowledgement form is to be sent to the person you want to inform of the donation. Again, remember your completed National Missions and Charities Report Form and check must be forwarded as stated on the form to your Division, County or State to be credited with the donation.