‘Companions on the Journey’ – the Story of The Columban Sisters in Korea 1955-2010

Book Launch
The Story of the Columban Sisters’ Mission in Korea

On December 16th last, the community in Magheramore gathered to celebrate the book launch of Sister Mary McHugh’s Companions on a Journey.

This well researched work details the mission of the Columban Sisters in Korea. Insightful and engrossing, it traces their journey from their beginnings there to the present day, telling the story of the people, the place and the ministry of the sisters.

The many photographs from the archives which illustrate the text brought back memories to those present who had been in Korea. Two of the founder members, Sisters Enda Staunton and Rosarii McTigue are members of the community in Magheramore. What changes have taken place in the country since they first set foot there after the Korean War in the 1950’s!

Some more photos from the book


Above, Sister Mary Nugent chats with a neighbour; below, the young Sisters Rita Moore and Monica Kelly with two little Korean friends


Sisters Monica, Josephine Hong and Minerva Dangaran when missioned together in a rural project in Amsan Li, Korea



The founding four from left to right: Sisters Mary Martha Keenan, Enda Staunton, Dorothy Pirkl and Rosarii McTigue

Photos taken at the Book Launch


The author, Sister Mary speaking at the launch and below, meeting with Sisters who had been missioned in Korea, including Sisters Enda and Rosarii from the first group


A gathering of Columban Sisters’ Korean Benefactors together with some Sisters in Seoul in 2011


In the book, the changing role of missionaries is well presented by the author and shows the movement of the Spirit in the Church. We have much to praise God for.

Congratulations to Mary in bringing this book to fruition and giving all of us another treasure in the Congregation!

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