Rev. MOULIS, Emile CM
穆文煦神父

 
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* Birth in Castris (卡斯特爾), France (法國): [1887]
* Ordination: [1913]
* Arrival in China: [1913]
* Death in Hong Kong: [23 August 1957]


Father Moulis
R.I.P.

Very many in Hong Kong were deeply shocked and deeply grieved to hear last Saturday that Fr. E. Moulis, Procurator of the Lazarists had died very suddenly in the Procuration, Stanley, on the preceeding evening.

Fr. Moulis was born in Castris, France, in 1887, and educated at Berceu de St. Vincent de Paul in Dax. He joined the Lazarists, was ordained in 1913, and left for China, via Siberia in the same year. He was assigned to the diocese of Hangchow, and for the next ten years shared in the work of the diocese and taught in seminaries.

During those years it became apparent that the was superbly fitted for the difficult and in many ways unattractive work of temporal administration. In 1923 he went to the Lazarist Procuration in Shanghai as assistant procurator. In 1926 he became Procurator, and retained that office till his death last Saturday.

A priest-procurator must be simultaneously a procurator and a priest. It is his duty as procurator to see to the material wants of his fellow-priests and of the works they are engaged in. he therefore must throw himself in the work of procuration with all the assiduity and all the skill of a professional businessman. Yet he must never become a mere businessman. He is a priest, and in his procurational work he must remain primarily a priest, never immersed in temporal cares, always guided by a priestly spirit in all his work.

This is a demanding programme. Fr. Moulis was equal to all its demands. His retention of the Procuration through three decades is clear proof of his efficiency as a Procurator. Those who knew him will testify that he was always preeminently a priest, generous, fundamentally unworldly, and selfless. The grief cause by his death is a tribute, not only to his charm, but also to his supernatural worth.

The most revealing incident in his life shows this great Procurator in a role curiously suggestive of the great St. Francis, the Poor man of Assisi before the Sultan. In 1949, Fr. Moulis was in the United States when news of the imminent fall of Shanghai sent him hurrying back to that city. He failed by a few hours: his plane arrived as the Communist armies were entering, and it was diverted to Hong Kong. Being determined to return to his post, he was quite unperturbed by the impossibility of getting a visa. He went to Formosa, took a junk from there to the coast of Chekiang, and made his way, to Ningpo.

There, he was quickly discovered by the Communist police, but very surprisingly, he was not clapped into goal. His captors would not allow him to proceed to Shanghai, but, abashed it would seem by his frankness, they allowed him a certain amount of liberty. His surreptitious entry, and his former position in Shanghai might have seemed to make him the most ‘arrestable’ priest in all China; but Fr. Moulis was Fr. Moulis - that seems to be the only explanation.

After some time he collapsed one day at the altar. Despite the assurances of a doctor, the local Communist agents suspected that this was a trick to ensure his return to Shanghai. They sent him to Shanghai, but only to goal him there.

Shortly afterwards he was expelled and retuned to Hong Kong, “having accomplished nothing but an epic”.

In Hong Kong he stayed for a time with the Fathers of the French Procure in Battery Path. Later on he established his Procure in Stanley, and lived there till his death, going on with his work and gathering a multitude of friends. Despite his seventy years he seemed strong; a few days before his death he remarked to a friend that, since ninety-five was the standard age for dying in his family, he could look forward to another twenty-five years of work.

He died suddenly, without any preceeding signs of illness, on the evening of Friday, 23 August. The funeral took place on Monday, 26 August. The large congregation was a last proof of the regard in which he was held, and of the regret that is felt for him.
30 August 1957

 

遣使會穆文煦神父
患心臟病突告逝世

遣 使 會 駐 港 辦 事 處 主 任 穆 文 煦 神 父 , 於 一 九 五 七 年 八 月 廿 三 日 傍 晚 六 時 半 , 突 因 心 臟 病 劇 作 逝 世 , 享 壽 七 十 歲 。 廿 六 日 上 午 九 時 在 跑 馬 地 聖 瑪 加 利 大 堂 , 舉 行 大 禮 追 思 彌 撒 。 旋 即 出 殯 , 葬 於 跑 馬 地 天 主 教 墳 場 。 舉 祭 者 為 賀 智 伯 神 父 , 並 由 本 港 白 英 奇 主 教 舉 行 追 思 及 安 葬 禮 。 參 與 彌 撒 及 送 殯 者 , 有 熱 河 教 區 德 化 隆 主 教 , 本 港 各 堂 區 司 鐸 以 及 在 港 各 修 會 神 職 人 員 暨 修 女 等 。 儀 式 嚴 肅 隆 重 , 並 極 哀 榮 之 致 。

按 穆 神 父 洗 名 愛 彌 利 , 生 於 一 八 八 七 年 , 法 國 達 爾 城 人 士 。 自 幼 就 讀 於 聖 味 增 爵 本 鄉 之 達 克 斯 城 , 深 慕 慈 善 事 業 主 保 之 為 人 , 入 遣 使 會 修 道 。 一 九 一 三 年 晉 升 鐸 品 後 , 即 被 遣 經 西 伯 利 亞 來 華 。

初 在 浙 江 杭 州 教 區 服 務 , 除 在 該 教 區 任 小 修 院 院 長 外 , 曾 一 度 在 嘉 興 遣 使 會 修 院 執 教 。 一 九 二 三 年 被 調 至 上 海 任 首 善 堂 助 理 院 長 , 閱 三 年 , 陞 任 正 院 長 , 及 至 於 今 。 在 任 三 十 餘 年 , 對 該 會 建 樹 極 多 , 深 得 總 會 長 及 同 會 人 士 之 倚 重 與 愛 戴 。

凡 關 遣 使 會 商 討 重 要 事 宜 , 必 邀 穆 神 父 到 場 。 一 九 四 九 年 奉 命 赴 法 , 旋 往 美 辦 理 分 會 事 務 ; 聞 上 海 將 陷 共 黨 之 手 , 即 搭 機 趕 回 上 海 。 不 料 機 抵 滬 空 , 上 海 已 告 易 手 而 無 從 著 落 , 只 得 由 原 機 轉 抵 港 地 。 從 此 用 盡 方 法 , 煞 費 心 力 , 設 法 趕 回 上 海 , 挽 救 首 善 堂 之 危 局 。 不 避 空 襲 之 危 , 不 辭 風 濤 之 險 , 在 寧 波 遭 疾 病 之 突 擊 , 在 上 海 受 共 黨 之 拘 禁 , 備 嘗 艱 辛 , 奮 不 顧 身 , 其 負 責 之 誠 摯 , 實 令 人 有 足 多 者 。 卒 因 被 共 黨 迫 令 離 滬 , 來 港 居 住 。 初 寓 於 巴 黎 傳 教 會 辦 事 處 內 , 後 擇 定 赤 柱 灘 二 十 號 , 設 立 遣 使 會 駐 港 辦 事 處 。 由 於 神 父 態 度 之 磊 落 , 辦 事 之 幹 練 , 以 及 識 見 之 高 超 , 在 港 各 修 會 人 士 多 極 為 景 仰 。 聞 神 父 突 告 逝 世 之 噩 耗 後 , 莫 不 大 興 哲 人 其 萎 之 嘆 。
 1957 年 8 月 30 日


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