“I am not leaving Sarawak I am taking her with me.” I remember those words from the late Brother Columba before he left for Ireland after 40 years of Christ-like witnessing among the last, least and lost among us.
Many may not know that apart from his illustrious and legendary stint as an educator par excellence, we have the honour of having Brother as our advisor/ writer / layout/ cut and paste assistant all rolled into one. Today’s Catholic is now 30 years old.
My prayer is that we will continue to reflect his spirit of being good news to all.
Although I had never enjoyed the privilege of working alongside him on the paper, he would still drop by the office to see how we were getting on in the months before he left in 1997. With a twinkle of his kind smiling eyes, he boosted my confidence with encouraging words for my amateur editorial efforts.
We are happy to present a feature on page 14-15 filled with marvellous, heartfelt tributes from those whose lives have been changed for the better because of how and for whom he lived. Rest in peace dear Br Columba. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts and we are certain that we will forever remain in yours.
We come together this morning to honour the late Br Columba Gleeson who, from 1970 till early 1988, was Principal of this School. During those years he stood on this famous stage in this great Hall, to inspire, motivate and educate a whole generation of young men and women from diverse family, religious, cultural and racial background. To the many, from all walks of life, who were privileged to be taught by him, during the 22 years, from late 1965 to January 1988, he served in this School, he was their teacher, mentor and trusted friend. To his colleagues on the teaching staff of this School, he was exemplary in his devotion to his vocation. He epitomised the noble virtues in the founder of his Order, St John the Baptist De La Salle. Continue reading A tribute to Brother Columba Gleeson – by St Joseph’s Board of Management→
The late Columba James Gleeson or more popularly remembered as Brother Columba among his many former students, colleagues and friends, has left an indelible mark in the education and sporting landscapes in Sarawak.
As a young La Salle Brother who first landed in Sibu to take up a teaching post in 1957; at the age of merely 22, it was destined that he would have a remarkable and profound impact on education and the La Salle institutions in Sarawak for the next 40 years. In so doing he made an ultimate sacrifice of leaving home and his loved ones to answer the call of his Creator. Continue reading A tribute to Brother Columba Gleeson – by Old Josephians→
Brother Columba was instrumental in the establishment of Today’s Catholic. He was one of the founding members of Today’s Catholic where the newspaper was his brainchild, initially as a bulletin for St Joseph’s Cathedral Parish but soon became an archdiocesan newspaper spreading to all corners of the archdiocese and beyond after a formal publication permit was granted.
Br Columba was a kind and loving person. I remember the time when I was robbed of my necklace while going back from school. I did not know how Br Columba found out but the next day, he caught hold of me and asked if I was all right. That care and concern of his really touched me. Even though he had over 1000 students, he never lost sight of the individual person. He reminded me of the parable of the shepherd who had 100 sheep and when one got into trouble, he went all out to rescue it and bring it home. Every single person was precious to Bro Columba. Continue reading Tribute to Brother Columba Gleeson – by Bishop Richard Ng→
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