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Maryknoll priests with the Wu family at Tonghua, China, 1936
Lane, Fr
Date Created and/or Issued
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University of Southern California. Libraries
Contributing Institution
University of Southern California Digital Library
International Mission Photography Archive, ca.1860-ca.1960
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Maryknoll Mission Archives
Maryknoll Mission Archives, P.O. Box 305, Maryknoll, N.Y. 10545-0305; ; ; Maryknoll Mission Archives.
This is a photograph of "Mr. Wu and his family, with group including, Frs. Comber and Ziemba of Tunghua [now Tonghua] mission, Frs. O'Donnell and Quirk and catechists and teachers of mission."
Born in Massachusetts, Bishop Comber came to Maryknoll in 1925 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1931 and a Bishop on April 9, 1959. After ordination, he sailed to Fushun, Manchuria where he served for eleven years where he became proficient in both spoken and written Mandarin language. His first assignment was pastor of the mission in Er-Pa-Tan and then the mission in Tung Hua. He also served as Vicar Delegate of the Bishop and Associate Professor in the Fushun Junior Seminary. In 1939 he became pastor of the Fushun Center Parish. Through his influence, Fr. Clarence Burns was released by his bandit captors early in 1936 without any harm. After the outbreak of World War II in 1941, all U.S. missionaries in Japanese held countries, including Fr. Comber, were interned by the Japanese military. He was repatriated to the United States in 1943 on the Swedish liner M.S. Gripsholm. -- Rev. O'Donnell was born in Philadelphia, PA. He entered Maryknoll in 1921 and was ordained in 1932. He was assigned to Kaying in 1933, remaining until 1944, when he accepted a furlough. He returned to Kaying in 1946 where he remained until his arrest and eventual expulsion by the Communists in 1951. -- Born in New Hampshire, Fr. Quirk came to Maryknoll in 1926 and was ordained to the priesthood on January 26, 1930. He was assigned to Fushun, Manchuria and remained there until he was repatriated in 1943. He temporarily returned to Kweilin in 1946. He was missioned in Musoma, Africa and later Taiwan.
Photographic prints 13.5 x 9.5 cm.
impa-m5055 [Legacy record ID]
Catholic Foreign Mission Society of America
Group portraits
Time Period
MKL/China/011/06/0003 [File]
International Mission Photography Archive, ca.1860-ca.1960
Maryknoll Mission Archives
Photographs of the Catholic Foreign Mission Society of America, Maryknoll, New York, 1912-1945

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