Friday, March 17, 2017

Bishop James E. Walsh: American Missioner Saint

I live for the day this great man will be canonized saint.

Richard Cardinal Cushing of Boston had this to say of him: "I believe Bishop James Edward Walsh is the finest missionary to go forth from America in my lifetime."

Bishop Walsh spent his life as a missioner in China.  At age 28 he was named superior of the Maryknoll Fathers in China.  At age 36 he was consecrated bishop on Shangchuan Island, where St. Francis Xavier, the glorious Apostle to the Indies, died in 1552.

After the Communists took control of China in 1948, Bishop Walsh spent twelve years in solitary confinement in a Communist prison.  His is a precious witness.  I wish Maryknoll would publish in books the papers of Fr. Price and the other earlier missionaries.  Their lives were fascinating beyond belief.   

Read his biography.

Read his book

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the inspiration, John, I just made a post about this great quote by Bishop Walsh: “The task of a missioner is to go to a place where he is not wanted, but needed and to remain until he is not needed but wanted.”