Columbans Dedicate Memorial to Columban Martyrs


Kate Kenny

Communications Director

Missionary Society of St. Columban, U.S. Region


ST. COLUMBANS, Neb.—The Missionary Society of St. Columban will dedicate the Columban Martyrs Memorial Garden on May 26, 2016.

Archbishop George Lucas will celebrate Mass and the dedication ceremony of the new Columban Martyrs Memorial Garden at 3:00 p.m. on May 26, 2016 on the grounds at the Columban House, 1902 Calhoun Street, Bellevue, Nebraska. The program will begin with Mass at 3:00 p.m., followed by the dedication ceremony and conclude with a fellowship social and prayer.

In preparation for the Society’s 100th anniversary in 2018 and in recognition of significant moments in the history of the Society, the Columban Martyrs Memorial Garden honors the twenty-four Columban missionaries who died violent deaths while spreading the Gospel in various mission countries around the world (China, Korea, Myanmar, Philippines and Peru). The garden is being dedicated to their memory, inviting all Christians to contemplate in that sacred space, the lives of the Columban martyrs, their mission and their supreme sacrifice.

Other events include an opening blessing at 9:00 a.m. followed by presentations by Columban Frs. Dan Troy (China), Peter Woodruff (Peru) and Andrei Paz (China). The short Columban film, Born in Others Pain, will be shown at 10:30 am. At 1:00 p.m., Columban Fr. John Comiskey will speak about his mission experience in the Philippines and the short Columban film, The Cross and The Dragon, will be shown. Music in the garden will follow until the Mass and dedication ceremony at 3:00 p.m.

All presentations and events on May 26, 2016, are open to the public and free of charge. For those interested in attending any or all of these events, please R.S.V.P. to Jolene Ryckman at 402/291-1920 or email