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Page 74 - Fr. Charles Murphy and Hong Kong

Published by Ronald Caplan on 1993/1/1 (183 reads)

Scarborough Bluffs. And the founder of our mission was Monsignor Fraser. John Mary Fraser. He had been in China. He came home, and they wanted him to found this seminary. Which he did.... When I was first ordained, they wouldn't send me to China. I wanted to go to China. (They wouldn't send you to China.) Because of the war the Japanese and the Chinese were fighting. So. they loaned me to Antigonish. DON'S FLOWERS Serving Port Hood, Judique, Inverness and Surrounding Areas p. O. Box 179, Port Hawkesbury, N. S. BOE 2V0 Telephone 625-2215 or 625-2717 Imagine this as your office... Imagine a career at sea... becoming an officer in the Canadian Coast Guard. If you are finishing Grade 12 plus 6 OAC's (Ontario), CEGEP 1 (Quebec) or Grade 12 (other provinces) in your university preparatory program this year, if you excel at math and physics, and if you think big... Head for the freedom, the excitement and the challenge of a sea-going career with the Canadian Coast Guard. 1*1 The four-year Canadian Cx)ast Guard officer training plan offers: • Tuition-free training • A monthly allowance • Practical sea training • A modem, attractive campus in Sydney, with private rooms • A guaranteed position as a ship's officer after graduation Bishop Morrison was the bishop of Antigonish at that time. He died an archbishop. And he was a saint--and you can't live with saints! (What was the reason that you wanted to go to China?) I wanted to help people. I loved helping people and doing things for people. (Did you feel that was your call? ing- -China?) I knew it was. Not only did I feel it. but I knew that I had to do it. God never came down and tapped me on the shoulder and said, "Charlie, boy, you're going to China. You're going to be a priest." I was a very ordinary person. I had great devotion to the saints, espe? cially to the Little Flower. She did lit? tle things in a great way. And I followed her directions and still do, that I want to help people. Why? Because I love people. I love to help people. My mother used to have Indians come to our house. When I was still about 14 and 15 years old, the first thing I'd think of would be to give them something from the larder. She never stopped me; she encouraged me. I guess that's why I'm so crazy to help people. So I went to the seminary. I fin? ished up, and when I finished I was ready to go to China. And the council of priests at the seminary--one particular. Fr. Chafe, was a very good friend of mine. He told the superior general, he said. "I think Charlie needs to be tested a lit? tle more." I didn't need to be tested--I knew what I wanted. I guess I was a stubborn old Irishman. But I got that quite honestly from my father and mother. Please send me more infonnatiim on Ihc Canadian ( Guard Clollege: 'C' Canadian Coast Guard College CanadS
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