A Time in History (January 1-8)

January 4


PILAR TILOS was born in Hinoba-an, Negros Occ., Philippines in 1940. Baptized by a Columban priest, Pilar was a member of the 1990 first group of Columban lay missionaries, called RP 1, to be assigned to Pakistan. Hard-working and full of life and humour, Pilar died in her sleep at St. Columban’s, Lahore on January 4, 1996 and is buried in Lahore.



RP 1: (L-R) Emma Pabera (blue dupatta), Gloria Canama (white dupatta)

& Pilar Tilos (pink dupatta)



January 5









FR. PETER LEONARD was born in Belcoo, County Fermanagh, Ireland in 1933. He died unexpectedly in Ozamiz, Philippines on January 5, 2003. Having attended the local primary school and St. Macartan’s, Monaghan, he came to Dalgan seminary in 1951 where he was ordained in 1957. Appointed to the Philippines, he worked in various parishes in Mindanao until his ministry took a new direction to lay leadership and Basic Christian Communities. He directed the first Faith and Mission programme in Dalgan Park, Ireland.  Returning to Ozamiz in 1980, he taught at the new regional seminary of Dipolog, Ozamiz, Pagadian, Iligan and Marawi (DOPIM) until 1990 when he helped to establish and direct the Columban House of Studies in Quezon City and later initiate a programme for formators.  Quiet, gentle and amicable, Fr. Peter is buried in Ozamiz City.



Jaime Cardinal Sin and Fr. Peter Leonard


Fr. Peter Leonard in his younger years



Fr. Peter Leonard


Columban Fathers Martin Dempsey and Peter Leonard











FR. SEAN NOLAN was born in Cork City, Ireland in 1923. He died on January 5, 2002 in Castlebar Hospital, County Mayo, Ireland after a short illness. Fr. Sean received his early education from the Christian Brothers, Cork City.  In 1944, he joined the Columban Missionaries and was ordained priest in December 1950. Assigned to the Philippines, Fr. Sean worked in Mindanao for almost thirty years and then returned to Ireland. His home in Cork is named “Mindanao”! From 1981 until his death he ministered in Bunnacurry, Achill Island, County Mayo.  Fr. Sean is buried at Dalgan Park.


sean nolan

Fr. Sean Nolan


January 8









BRO. PETER RYAN [Brother Colman] was born at Warrenpoint, County Down, Ireland in 1903. He died at Dalgan on January 8, 1971. He was a salesman before coming to Dalgan in 1928. He learned building and construction, and went to Hanyang, China in 1933. There Bishop Galvin put him in charge of an industrial school. When he was forced to leave China, he was assigned to the Philippines in 1950. His most notable achievements were the construction of Ozamis Cathedral, the Diocesan Seminary and Immaculate Conception College, both in Ozamis. Seriously ill, he returned to Ireland in November 1970. Brother Colman is buried at Dalgan.



Brother Colman


Bro Colman with Filipino workers making hollow blocks


Bro Colman at work


Bro Colman with Bishop Patrick Cronin and two Filipino friends