It was because two people shared a vision and answered a similar call that the missionary Sisters of St. Columban came to be.

In December 1917 Fr. John Blowick , co-founder of the Maynooth Mission to China (Society of St Columban), spoke of the urgent need for women collaborators in the new missionary venture in China. This appeal found a ready response in the hearts of many women, one of whom was Lady Frances Moloney who later became Mother Mary Patrick.


 Fr John Blowick

Missionary priest and theologian who with Fr Edward Galvin, co-founded the Maynooth Mission to China (later called The Missionary Society of St Columban) in1916.

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 Mother Mary Patrick

Frances Owen-Lewis was born in Marylebone, London, England in April 17, 1873, one of a family of six.  

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