The Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach is the U.S. national advocacy office for the Missionary Society of St. Columban. We serve as the line of communication between Columban missionaries serving in 15 countries around the world and policy makers in Washington, D.C. As people of faith, we are both challenged and called to raise the voices of the most marginalized in our world.
Our mission is to work towards a more just, peaceful, and environmentally sustainable world by engaging in the political process guided by our Catholic faith. Through advocacy, solidarity, and education, we are dedicated to raising the concerns of Columban missionaries and the people with whom they serve. We use Catholic Social Teaching as our lens to engage in legislative advocacy on the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) priorities of the Columbans.
As a result of decades of experience living, working, and standing in solidarity with impacted communities, Columbans have identified four advocacy priority areas and a fifth overarching concern.
The office opened its doors in 1985 as the Columban Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) Office as a response to the growing awareness that addressing JPIC issues plays an integral part of living the Gospel message. Many religious orders were similarly undergoing the same process and in the early to mid-1980’s there was a flourishing of JPIC offices, both in Washington, DC, the US, and other parts of the world.
The name was changed in April of 2009 to the Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach to allow for an expansion of the program to include calling others to join the Columbans in mission.