Fr John Moran

Fr John Moran

Death 30 Apr 1991 (aged 85)
Burial Happy Valley, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong
Plot Back Wall Of The Cemetery Chapel. Plot O-131G - 2558B.
Memorial ID 71512374 · View Source
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Born in Dublin, Ireland, Father John Moran SJ., was educated by the Dominican Sisters and the Jesuits.

Joining the Jesuit Fathers in Ireland in 1923, after Novitiate, university studies and Philosophy, he volunteered for the Mission of the Irish Jesuits in Hong Kong.

He arrived in Hong Kong in the autumn of 1931, and went to Shiu Hing, then a Mission of the Portuguese Jesuits, to learn Cantonese.

The following year he was back in Hong Kong at the South China Regional Seminary in Aberdeen.

He returned to Ireland for his theological studies and was ordained to the Priesthood there in 1939.

Back in Hong Kong just before the outbreak of the Japanese war. at first he spent some time in the Aberdeen Seminary and then for the rest of the war period moved to the French enclave of Kwong Chau Wan on the south coast. He remembered his years spent there as being some of the best of his life.

Recalled to Hong Kong at the end of war, he was Chaplain in the Queen Mary Hospital and then went to Canton.

By the autumn of 1949, all except four Jesuits withdrew from Canton. Father Moran taught for a while at a feeder school for Wah Yan College in Nelson Street, Kowloon. He then took over editorship of the "Far East Messenger", a monthly magazine started by Father Terence Sheridan SJ., It ceased publication in 1953.

In 1952, Father Moran moved to the newly-built Wah Yan College on Waterloo Road. The room he moved into he was to occupy for the next 39 years until his death.

He joined the teaching staff and continued to teach long after his official retirement.

He spent many hours hearing confessions, being in his confessional at practically every Mass said in St. Ignatius Chapel.

Suffering a stroke which severely impaired his memory, a few days before his death he was admitted to St. Teresa's Hospital with breathing problems. He passed away on April 30, 1991, aged 85.

His Funeral Mass, presided by Cardinal Wu, was celebrated at Wah Yan Kowloon on May 6.



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