Fr John Foley

Fr John Foley

Death 14 Dec 1991 (aged 84)
Burial Happy Valley, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong
Plot Back Wall Of The Cemetery Chapel. Plot O-132G - 2603B.
Memorial ID 71512704 · View Source
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Born in Tralee, Ireland, on December 8, 1907, Father Foley entered the Society of Jesus in 1925. He took a B.A. Degree at the National University of Ireland and then went through the usual course of studies in philosophy and theology in Dublin.

In 1933, while still a scholastic, he moved to Hong Kong. He began the study of Cantonese and taught English and Latin at the then Regional Seminary in Aberdeen.

Ordained to the priesthood in 1939, for the rest of the Second World War he did teaching and administrative work in Ireland.

In 1946, he returned to Hong Kong and returned to the Regional Seminary where took charge of day-to-day administration.

Two years later he moved to Wah Yan College, Kowloon for eleven years as minister to the community and spiritual father to the students.

In 1959 he was back in the seminary as administrator and teacher of English and History of the Missions. When the Regional Seminary was handed over to the diocese, Father Foley was the acting rector.

He then returned to Wah Yan College, Kowloon, in 1964, and spent the rest of his life in that community. Until his retirement he was a teacher and spiritual father to the students.

He was the spiritual adviser to the Christian Life Community in the school and later was director of the CLC for the whole of Hong Kong.

On his retirement from the school, he gave much of his time as Hospital Chaplain. At one time he was regularly visiting three hospitals: Maryknoll Hospital, Kowloon Kwong Wah Hospital and the British Military Hospital.

Father Foley is also remembered for his work with refugees at the North Point Camp after the Second World War. Forty years later they still used to faithfully visit him. They celebrated his birthday for the last time with him on December 8, just six days before he died.

Father Foley's favorite recreational activity was gardening. He passed away at Wah Yan College, Kowloon, on December 14, 1991, aged 84. Cardinal John B. Wu presided over the funeral Mass, which was held at St. Ignatius Chapel, Kowloon, on December 20.



  • Created by: Eman Bonnici
  • Added: 17 Jun 2011
  • Find a Grave Memorial 71512704
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Fr John Foley (8 Dec 1907–14 Dec 1991), Find a Grave Memorial no. 71512704, citing Saint Michael's Catholic Cemetery, Happy Valley, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong ; Maintained by Eman Bonnici (contributor 46572312) .