This is a photograph of "Rev. Connors M.M., Director of Leprosarium at Catholic Mission at Pakkai [now Beijie] at Kongmoon [now Jiangmen], in the Delta Area of the West River. Rev. Connors and a Filipino Doctor [a nephew of Gen. Aquialdo] had the job of treating over 200 cases of Leprosy in their colony. The Lepers are each given the equivalent of three cents [u.s. money] a day for subsistence." Born in Massachusetts, Fr. Connors was ordained to the priesthood in 1927 and was then assigned to Kongmoon, South China. After language study he was sent to assist in the Kochow Mission. While working there he visited the leprosarium at Sheklung. He was immediately attracted to the work which he was later to devote his life. He taught English at the Kochow Sacred Heart School and then assisted at Yeungkong. In 1933 he was assigned to the apostolate for lepers, a large colony of whom led a precarious existence in a cemetery outside Sunwui. He spent eleven years in China, five of them with victims of Hansen's disease.
Photographic prints, 6.5 x 10.7 cm.
impa-m3738 [Legacy record ID] IMP-MKL-China-004-10-0001 http://doi.org/10.25549/impa-m3738 http://thumbnails.digitallibrary.usc.edu/IMP-MKL-China-004-10-0001.jpg
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