This is a photograph of "Fr. George Bauer and Bishop Walsh with Chiklung [now Zhigong] Christians and children in the 'Doctrine School' taken on the occasion of the annual visitation of Bp. Walsh." Born in Penzburg, Bavaria, Fr. Bauer came to the United States as a young man. He entered Maryknoll in 1919 and was ordained to the priesthood on May 31, 1925. He was assigned to Kongmoon in November of that year. He was interned by the Japanese and returned on the SS Gripsholm in 1942. During the war years he worked in a parish in New Orleans and in the Japanese Mission in Los Angeles. From 1946 to 1951 he was again in South China but was dispossessed from the mission property and expelled by the Communists in March 1951. During his years in China, Fr. Bauer said he "never stopped praying for those we left behind in China." -- Born in Maryland, Fr. Walsh graduated from Mt. St. Mary's College at age 19 and worked two years as a timekeeper in a steel mill. He entered the first class of Maryknoll in 1912 and in 1915 became the second priest ordained in the Society. Three years later. 1918, he was assigned to Kwong Tung (present Guangdong), China. Pope Pius XI named Fr. Walsh as the first Bishop of the Vicariate of Kongmoon. He was consecrated a Bishop in 1927 at Shepherd of the Church on Sancian Island the death place of St. Francis Xavier. In 1936, Bishop Walsh was elected second Superior General following the death of Bishop James A. Walsh, the founder of Maryknoll. In 1948 he as asked to return to China to head the Catholic Central Bureau in Shanghai. In 1951 the government closed the bureau. He was arrested in 1959 and sentenced to 20 years in prison. In 1970 he was released after spending nearly 12 years in prison.
Photographic prints 27.5 x 21.5 cm.
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Catholic Foreign Mission Society of America Clergy Religious activities Group portraits