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.