On Wednesday, Fr. Kevin O’Neill, SSC, Superior General of the Columban Fathers, visited the new home of the Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach yesterday and met with several members of other Catholic mission and advocacy organizations. Fr. Kevin thanked all present for their dedication to their ministries and for their collaboration with the Columban Fathers. Reflecting on the work of the Columban Fathers, he commented how the work for justice and peace is important for all of us in mission and how DC is a unique place because of the networks we have formed in advocating for peace, justice and the integrity of creation. The work that our organizations have done is just the beginning and Fr. O’Neill spoke of his desire to see this work continue and increase our communion with each other toward true unity with one another.
The next morning, accompanied by Ms. Amy Woolam-Echeverria SSC (Director of the International JPIC office) and Mr. Scott Wright (Director of the Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach) Fr. Kevin had a chance to meet with the executive directors of CVN (Mr. James Lindsay) and USCMA (Fr. Jack Nuelle, MS) to better understand the ways that members of these U.S. mission membership organizations give witness to God’s mission in the U.S. and around the world, and to hear about the ways in which the Columbans partner and work creatively with them to respond to the needs and opportunities of mission.