December Far East Out Now

29th November 2017 - by Katie Fitzpatrick

In the December Far East magazine we meet Columban co-worker Juan Carlos Garcia, Fr Cyril Lovett recalls the life and death of Columban Fr Tom Ellis and John M Leonard, a relative of Fr Timothy Leonard, reflects on his family history.

Columban co-worker Juan Carlos Garcia writes of his mission from the gangs of LA to digital evangelisation. Juan works as a web developer and social media expert for the Columbans in Omaha in the USA. He was raised in East LA, an area with high gang activity, violence and poverty. He describes how the digital world is a mission in itself.

The article ‘A Man of Surprises’ discusses the life and death of Columban Missionary Fr Tom Ellis (1905-1945) who went to China in 1931. He was devoted to the poor and in his retreat notes he wrote of his desire to ‘see Christ in every poor and afflicted man and treat him as the Blessed Virgin would treat Him.’ 

December Cover

The first martyr of the Missionary Society of St Columban was Fr Timothy Leonard from Limerick. John M Leonard, a relative of Fr Timothy Leonard, recalls how a portrait of the missionary in his family home led him on his own mission of discovery to China. The Columbans were expelled from China when the communists overran the country in 1949. John travelled to the unmarked site where the remains of his father’s first cousin were laid to rest at San Gang. He was the first member of the Leonard family to visit the grave and decided to erect a headstone made from black marble in the shape of a Celtic cross. 

Peter, a student at the Mandalay Higher Education Centre, is currently progressing through a three-year residential course for disadvantaged young men and women aged 18 to 21. It was founded six years ago by Columban Fr Neil Magill. Peter recalls his recent visit to the orphanages and Internally Displaced People (IDP) camps around Myitkyina, in Kachin state where war has displaced thousands of families.

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