We've Changed Our Name

The Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach has changed its name. We are now the St. Columban Mission for Justice, Peace and Ecology.

Who We Are


St. Columban Mission for Justice, Peace, and Ecology envisions a world where each person is empowered to help build a society that liberates the poor, welcomes all migrants, and cares for the earth.  We work to create this world by equipping people of faith with the skills they need in order to evaluate public policy, build bridges between communities, and advocate for the common good. 

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While midterm elections do not get as much attention as presidential elections, it's as important

What does Catholic Social Teaching have to say about the importance of voting? How can Catholics form their consciences in order to cast a vote…

Where does Catholic Social Teaching as a body of teaching come from? What does it mean for the way we live our lives? And what does it mean for…

The Advocate's Toolbox

 

Want to Know the Skills to Make a Difference?

"The Advocate's Toolbox" can teach you how to advocate for the issues you care about. It'll show you how to to build a relationship with your Members of Congress, how to get your message out to the media, and how to influence government policies and decisions.

Learn More About Our Work


Scene of militarism from the US/Mexico border (photo provided by the author)
How law enforcement is retraumatizing migrants at the US/Mexico border

After listening to migrants tell me their stories, I've come to believe that the abuse inflicted on them by law enforcement is the worst kind, the…

Migrants walking through the desert terrain in Ciudad Juárez
FAQs: why are migrants coming to the US/Mexico border and how are Columbans responding?

In 2019, Columbans started our Migrant Ministry in Ciudad Juárez to welcome and protect migrants and currently we assist between 800 to 1,000…

Members of the community mourn the loss of 40 migrants in Ciudad Juárez
Reflection: injustice towards migrants is Christ crucified once again

The senseless slaughter of migrants slaughter should provoke in us an honesty, whether you’re from Mexico or the United States, to say to yourself…

Two migrant children eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches passed out by volunteers, and who cannot find shelter. 100 sandwiches were distributed in less than 15 minutes.
Is there really no room in the inn?

It is a tradition on the border to celebrate the “Posadas”, a reenactment of the Holy Family's journey to Bethlehem. This year it feels like we…

Fr Liam O'Callaghan, SSC addressing school group at a plant nursery. Photo: Fr Liam O'Callaghan SSC
Columban Missionaries Message on COP 27 and COP15

It is essential for UN negotiators to listen to the cries of both people who are poor and living in vulnerable conditions and the wounded planet…

An aerial shot of Yasawa Island in Fiji
Biodiversity: Our ocean, our land, our life

At the heart of the Fijian way of life is "Bula Veiwekani." "Bula" means "life" and "Veiwekani" means "relationships."

People casting their ballots in voting booths
Part 2: Voting + Conscience | Advocacy Training for Faithful Citizens | October 2022

What does Catholic Social Teaching have to say about the importance of voting? How can Catholics form their consciences in order to cast a vote…

US Capitol Building in Washington, DC
Part 3: Staying Engaged After Voting | Advocacy Training for Faithful Citizens | November 2022

While midterm elections do not get as much attention as presidential elections, it's as important

Pope Francis gives an address to a joint session of the US Congress in September of 2015
Part 1: Catholic Social Teaching | Advocacy Training for Faithful Citizens | October 2022

Where does Catholic Social Teaching as a body of teaching come from? What does it mean for the way we live our lives? And what does it mean for…