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Home Far East December 2016

December 2016

Columbans Who Died Violently on Mission

In the first in a new series, Fr Cyril Lovett recalls the life
and sacrifice of Fr Timothy Leonard (1893-1929)

On Tuesday 24 July 1929, a cable message brought sad and unexpected news from China. Fr Timothy Leonard had been murdered by bandits in the Province of Kiangsi on 17 July 1929. He became the first of many Columbans to suffer a violent death while serving their people on mission.

Running to Stand Still

Reflecting on his visit to small-town America, one writer listed some of the very appealing traits of that society – the warmth of the people, their politeness, their way of affirming one. But it also struck him that this was a society in a great hurry. “The biggest single crisis,” he wrote, “the biggest cultural deficit resulting from all this hurry, is the inability to be still, to face oneself in silence, just to be in the moment.”

A Ballymun Farewell

Last September, St Joseph’s Parish in Ballymun said farewell to its Columban priests, ending the Society’s 41 years of ministry there. However, as Angelica Escarsa and Lorelei Ocaya explain, a Columban presence will continue through the involvement of lay missionaries. 

From Cork to China - a Columban Journey

Forty-nine-year-old Fr Dan Troy hails from rural north Co Cork. He grew up on a farm in Newtownshandrum and later studied civil engineering at university. While working as an engineer, he was seriously considering a missionary vocation. “I got to meet great people on the building sites but I decided I would at least try priesthood. I didn’t want to wait until I was 45 and it would be too late.”

Spare a Thought this Christmas

Sr Abbie O’Sullivan writes about her voluntary work at the Capuchin day centre in Dublin where everyone is welcome, specifically those who find no room at the inn.

Walking through Dublin city centre in the month of December one could easily fool oneself into thinking that this is a wonderland where any expectation can be fulfilled. The multicoloured streetlights are blinking and flashing. The vendors are shouting their wares. The atmosphere is electric. But the thought strikes me, “In January, this will all have faded away.”
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