The Columban Sisters in Britain, 1965/Scotland, 1977
The Columban Sisters first went to Britain in 1965 to administer a hostel for overseas students in London. Since that time, the Sisters have continued their presence in England and today a community in London (Bow) and, Birmingham (Handsworth) respectively.
Then in 1977, an invitation was received that took the Sisters north of the Border to Scotland where they opened a house in East Kilbride, a suburb of Glasgow. For some years the Sisters maintained a presence in Stevenston, Ayrshire.
In both England and Scotland, one of the basic thrusts of the Columban Sisters is to extend to all with whom they come in contact an invitation to be missionary. This is done through presentations in schools, talks in parishes and through personal contact with people. All are invited to live out their own missionary vocation wherever they may be situated, to support the overseas missionary effort by prayer and financial support and to consider becoming full-time missionaries either in the long or short-term.
In addition to this outreach on behalf of mission, the Columban Sisters are also involved in direct service to groups of people who are on the fringes of British society. For many years the Sisters helped run the Filipino Migrant Center in London. In Birmingham, the Sisters live in a multi-cultural neighbourhood, serving in the local parish, visiting the sick in their homes and in hospital and as a caring presence for those who are in prison. They are also involved in programs catering for a variety of different nationalities.
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