Fr. Bob O’Rourke

Jungle Bells at Christmas

By: Fr. Bob O’ Rourke

It was Fr. Bob’s first Christmas in Burma. It was to prove the most memorable of his life.

I had been in Burma just two months and I was to spend the Christmas of 1963 in Tingsing. It was to prove the most memorable Christmas of my life.

Tingsing was a small mountain village, a four-hour walked from the nearest road. The church, a frame structure with a galvanized iron roof, was set on knoll. Next to the church stood a bell tower with three bells. Everything for its construction had been carried up the mountain by hand, so you could appreciate the justifiable pride of the parish priest. Fr. Larry McMahon. Imagine the work involved in bringing in those bells.