Rev. MAGLIONI, Raffaello PIME
麥兆良神父

* Birth in Pontassieve (龐塔希弗), Florence (佛羅倫斯), Italy (意大利): [4 December 1891]
* Ordination in Florence, Italy: [27 February 1915]
* Enter Novitiate: [23 November 1927]
* Departure from Italy to Hong Kong: [19 July 1928]
* Death in Hong Kong: [27 May 1953]


* Catholic Cathedral: [1929]
* Swa Bue, Haifeng: [1930] - [1933]
* Rector of Swa Bue District: [1934] - [1936]
* Director of  Tsap Tseng Director: [1937] - [1938]
* Absent: [1939] - [1940]
* Catholic Cathedral: [1941]
* Catholic Cathedral, Caine Road: [1948] - [1949]
* In Charge of Happy Valley Cemetery: [1950]
* Rector of the Mission House: [1951] - [1952]
* St. Michael
s Cemetery, Happy Valley: Chaplain [1953]

# Information according to PIME Webpage


 

Death of Well-known Missionary
Father Raphael Maglioni, PIME

The Bishop and Clergy of the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong announce with great sadness the passing of the Rev. Father Raphael Maglioni, PIME, which took place suddenly in the early hours of yesterday.

Father Maglioni was born at Pontassieve (Florence) on 4 December 1891 and, after having completed his studies in the Seminary of his Diocese, was ordained a Priest on 27 February 1915. For more than 10 years he worked as parish priest in the Diocese of Florence, then, to follow his missionary vocation, he joined the Pontifical Foreign Missions Institute in Milan and in October 1928, was sent to Hong Kong and appointed to the Hoifung District.

Father Maglioni, who was endowed with more than ordinary intelligence and natural gifts, found time to apply himself to philogical studies, besides attending to his missionary work. It is to be regretted that he could not bring to completion his Hoklo Dictionary, which though unfinished, proved most useful to Missionaries working in the Hoifung District.

Following the discovery of objects of archaeological value in his district, Father Maglioni developed the keenest interest in archeology, a branch of knowledge that he cultivated with painstaking diligence and great success to the last day of his life.

He kept in touch with scientists and archaeologists of many nations and with the help of his very large library collected most interesting material, which he intended to publish soon.

As he felt the need of more time for his studies, which were approved and encouraged by his Superiors, he welcomed his appointment as Chaplain to the Catholic Cemetery, at Happy Valley.

It was in the Chaplain’s residence, at St. Michael’s Cemetery, that he suddenly died yesterday morning.

He is survived by a sister who lives his native town, near Florence.

The service for the burial of the deceased will take place this morning at 9:30, in St. Margaret’s Church, Happy Valley, and will consist of the Office of the Dead and High Requiem Mass, presided over by H.E. Bishop Bianchi, after which the cortege will proceed to St. Michael’s Cemetery.

An Eulogy
The following eulogy is contributed by J.C.C.W.

The sudden death of the Rev. Raphael Maglioni yesterday is not only an immeasurable loss to those who were fortunate enough to fell the warmth of his friendship but a blow to science at least as severe as the death of the Rev. D.J. Finn, S.J. in 1936

Father Finn achieved a considerable reputation, as one of the pioneer archaeologists in South China and it was he who first systematically studied the archaeology of the Hong Kong area and drew attention to its importance in that classic series of thirteen articles in the Hong Kong Naturalist - “Archaeological Finds on Lamma Island.” The series ended with the article in the December 1936 issue; the author’s work having not been fully completed before his death.

Father Maglioni’s interest in archaeology began in 1934 when he was in charge of the Mission Station at Swabue, Hoifung; he was visited there by Father Finn and together they discovered some signs of prehistoric settlement. From this joint beginning the study of the Hoifung area became the special preserve of Father Maglioni who devoted himself entirely to the subject until the day of his death.

His first written contribution to archaeology came soon after the death of Father Finn in a masterly article in the Hong Kong Naturalist of March 1938 “Archaeological Finds in Hoifung” and in the introduction he wrote as follows:

“Father Finn was my dear friend and I feel that it is my duty to write some account of our work and our finds, which not only possess much intrinsic interest, but also should shed much light on the prehistory of Hong Kong and South China. I must remark, however, that I am writing as an amateur, expressing my opinions just as the examination of the sites and their contents present them to me, and laying no claim to scientific exactitude.”

The Modesty apparent in this passage is typical of the man but it should not be forgotten that in recent years he had come to be recognised as the greatest authority on South China Archaeology.

Apart form a paper read to the Congress of Prehistorians at Singapore in 1939, he did not publish again until this year when he agreed to contribute an article to a learned periodical of the University of the Philippines, and during the long intervening period he devoted himself ceaselessly to field work in South China amassing a vast collection of stone implements, pottery and objects in quartz and jade-like stone. When he could no longer continue the work in China and was obliged to move to Hong Kong a few years ago, he began his magnum opus “The Prehistory of South China” in which it was intended to summarize the labours of those years. He regularly corresponded with the authorities in America and England with regard to the opinions to be repressed in the book and even yesterday was awaiting the result of a radiocarbon analysis being carried out in the U.S.A., which was vital for the dating of the Early Chinese culture described in his work.

With his death, within a few months of the crowning achievement, we have been deprived of a thesis, which promised to be the standard work on this important, but little known subject.

But this is only less regrettable than the passing of a man whose natural kindness and deeply religious nature, coupled with that splendid vivacity common to his countrymen, produced a person entirely delightful and whom to know was to love.
 
28 May 1953

 

Students Attend Funeral Rites for Father Maglioni

The funeral took place yesterday of the late Father Raphael Maglioni, PIME, the chaplain of the St. Michael’s Cemetery, who died suddenly on Wednesday morning.

Mgr. A. Riganti, the vicar general, said a High Requiem Mass at the St. Margaret’s Church yesterday morning. Mgr. Riganti was assisted by their Excellencies the Bishops Bianchi, J. Paschal, Joseph and the Rev. Father C. Bazzo and A. Pagani.

The cortege proceeded to the St. Michael’s Cemetery where the interment took place with the Rev. Father Riganti officiating, after the High Mass was said.

Among the large number of representatives of the various Catholic Orders in Hong Kong, lay Catholics and schoolboys present at the High Mass and the funeral service, were the Rev. Bro. Paul of the St. Joseph’s College and his entire class, Form 2A, and the Rev. Bro Hillery also of the St. Joseph’s College.
 29 May 1953

 


Sudden Death of Priest Scholar
Father Raphael Maglioni, P.I.M.E. Buried

The Bishop and Clergy of the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong announce with great sadness the death of the Rev. Fr. Raphael Maglioni, P.I.M.E., which took place suddenly in the early hours of 27 May.

Fr. Maglioni was born at Pontassieve (Florence) on 4 December 1891 and, after having completed his studies in the Seminary of his Diocese, was ordained a priest on 27 February 1915. For more than 10 years he worked as parish priest in the Diocese of Florence; then, to follow his missionary vocation, he joined the Pontifical Foreign Missions Institute in Milan and in October 1928, was sent to Hong Kong and appointed to the Hoifung District.

Fr. Maglioni, who was endowed with more than ordinary intelligence and natural gifts, found time to apply himself to philological studies, besides attending to his missionary work. It is to be regretted that he could not bring to completion his Hoklo Dictionary, which, though unfinished, proved most useful to Missionaries working in the Hoifung district.

Following the discovery of objects of archaeological value in his district, Fr. Maglioni developed the keenest interest in archaeology, a branch of knowledge that the cultivated with painstaking diligence and great success to the last day of his life.

He kept in touch with scientists and archaeologists of many nations and with the help of his very large library collected most interesting material which he intended to publish soon.

As he felt the need of more time for his studies, which were approved and encouraged by his Superiors, he welcomed his appointment as Chaplain to the Catholic Cemetery, at Happy Valley.

It was in the Chaplain’s residence, at St. Michael’s Cemetery, that he suddenly died.

He is survived by a sister who lives in his native town, near Florence.

The following eulogy is contributed by J.C.C.W.:

The sudden death of the Reverend Raphael Maglioni is not only an immeasurable loss to those who were fortunate enough to feel the warmth of his friendship but a blow to science at least as severe as the death of the Rev. D. J. Finn, S.J., in 1936.

Fr. Finn achieved a considerable reputation as one of the pioneer archaeologists in South China and it was he who first systematically studied the archaeology of the Hong Kong area and drew attention to its importance in that classic series of thirteen articles in the Hong Kong Naturalist - “Archaeological Finds on Lamma Island.” The series ended with the article in the December 1936 issue, the author’s work having not been fully completed before his death.

Fr. Maglioni’s interest in archaeology began in 1934 when he was in charge of the Mission Station at Swabue, Hoifung; he was visited there by Fr. Finn and together they discovered some signs of prehistoric settlement. From this joint beginning the study of the Hoifung area became the special preserve of Father Maglioni who devoted himself entirely to the subject until the day of his death.

His first written contribution to archaeology came soon after the death of Fr. Finn in a masterly article in the Hong Kong Naturalist of March 1938 - “Archaeological Finds in Hoifung” - and in the introduction he wrote as follows:

“Father Finn was my dear friend and I feel that it is my duty to write some account of our work and our finds, which not only possess much intrinsic interest, but also should shed much light on the prehistory of Hong Kong and South China. I must remark, however, that I am writing as an amateur, expressing my opinions just as the examination of the sites and their contents present them to me, and laying no claim to scientific exactitude.”

The modesty apparent in this passage is typical of the man but it should not be forgotten that in recent years he had come to be recognized as one of the greatest authorities on South China archeology.

Apart form a paper read to the Congress of Prehistorians at Singapore in 1939, he did not publish again until this year when he agreed to contribute an article to a learned periodical of the University of the Philippines and during the long intervening period he devoted himself ceaselessly to field work in South China amassing a vast collection of stone implements, pottery and objects in quartz and jade-like stone. When he could no longer continue the work in China and was obliged to move to Hong Kong a few years ago, he began his magnum opus “The Prehistory of South China” in which it was intended to summarize the labours of those years. He regularly corresponded with the authorities in America and England with regard to the opinions to be expressed in the book and just before his death was awaiting the result of a radio-carbon analysis being carried out in the U.S.A. which was vital for the dating of the early Chinese culture described in his work.

With his death, within a few months of the crowning achievement, we have been deprived of a thesis which promised to be the standard work on this important but little known subject.

But this is only less regrettable than the passing of a man whose natural kindness and deeply religious nature, coupled with that splendid vivacity common to his countrymen, produced a person entirely delightful and whom to know was to love.
5 June 1953

 

米蘭外方傳教會會士
麥兆良神父在其寓所跌斃
麥神父為華南著名之考古家

在 天 主 教 墳 場 神 父 寓 所 居 住 之 麥 兆 良 神 父 , 於 一 九 五 三 年 五 月 廿 七 日 晨 將 準 備 赴 律 敦 治 醫 院 行 祭 , 在 其 寓 所 內 跌 斃 , 待 其 工 人 上 樓 發 現 時 已 氣 絕 多 時 。

麥 神 父 為 米 蘭 外 方 傳 教 會 會 士 , 一 八 九 一 年 生 於 意 國 , 一 九 一 五 年 晉 升 司 鐸 , 一 九 二 八 年 來 香 港 教 區 服 務 , 數 十 年 皆 傳 教 於 海 豐 縣 , 精 通 海 豐 語 , 並 熟 習 海 豐 人 性 格 與 風 土 人 情 , 極 得 海 豐 人 愛 戴 。 當 香 港 和 平 後 , 被 調 回 香 港 , 任 主 教 府 管 理 人 , 去 年 始 被 派 至 天 主 教 墳 場 居 住 神 父 寓 所 , 以 其 餘 年 繼 續 研 究 其 素 所 專 長 之 考 古 學 , 蓋 其 在 海 豐 時 , 在 該 縣 內 各 地 發 掘 地 下 古 物 , 將 其 研 究 所 得 , 以 英 文 意 文 發 表 於 雜 誌 報 章 上 , 早 已 成 為 華 南 一 知 名 之 考 古 家 , 聞 近 日 更 埋 頭 鑽 究 寫 作 不 已 , 恐 此 次 不 幸 為 其 積 勞 所 致 , 不 祇 香 港 教 區 失 一 好 傳 教 士 , 亦 考 古 界 一 大 損 失 也 。
1953 年 5 月 31 日

 

麥兆良神父
身後哀榮

兆 良 神 父 在 其 寓 所 跌 斃 事 , 已 誌 前 期 本 報 。 於 其 逝 世 次 日 上 午 八 時 , 白 英 奇 主 教 在 堅 道 天 主 教 總 堂 為 其 行 安 所 彌 撒 。 九 時 半 戴 遐 齡 副 主 教 在 聖 瑪 加 利 大 堂 舉 行 大 彌 撒 , 參 與 彌 撒 追 悼 麥 神 父 者 極 眾 , 堂 為 之 滿 , 彌 撒 前 各 堂 區 各 修 會 神 父 為 死 者 公 念 煉 靈 日 課 經 文 。 彌 撒 後 白 主 教 主 持 灑 聖 水 安 所 禮 , 後 即 出 殯 , 送 殯 者 神 父 近 百 人 , 修 女 亦 二 三 十 人 , 聖 若 瑟 書 院 聖 保 祿 女 中 學 生 各 約 四 十 人 , 連 同 教 友 共 百 人 , 繞 跑 馬 地 外 圍 而 至 聖 地 下 葬 , 棺 柩 在 眾 人 沉 默 哀 悼 中 被 掩 埋 土 中 。
1953 年 6 月 7 日


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MAGLIONI Raffaello.pdf