TO FAR PLACES: The Story of Francis Xavier Ford, M.M. by Eva E. Betz

TO FAR PLACES: The Story of Francis Xavier Ford, M.M.

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This second Credo Book shows that martyrdom is not a thing of the past, for here is a modern martyr, the indomitable Maryknoll Bishop, who suffered torture and death at the of the Chinese Reds twelve years ago. He grew up in a large and happy family in Brooklyn at the turn of the century. Both of his parents were writers; his father founded the newspaper, the Irish World, and in Cathedral College young Frank edited the campus newspaper. A talk by Father James Walsh, founder of the Society of Maryknoll for missionary priests, inspired him to apply for admission, and after his ordination he was assigned to Yennkong, China. Particularly interesting are descriptions of his life among the Chinese, whose culture and customs he loved. He opened the first Maryknoll seminary for Chinese students, was the first Maryknoll Bishop, and was imprisoned in 19 by the Reds. A Maryknoll nun supplied the details of extreme torture and humiliation to which he was exposed, but his motto -- ""Condolere"" (to have was upheld throughout. The story of this valiant man who lived and for his faith will hold much for junior high readers.

Pub Date: Sept. 28th, 1962
Publisher: Hawthorn