Rev. RUHLAND, Francis SDB


Photo: In Memoriam A Tribute to the deceased Salesians who worked in China (1906-1986)

* 1914 年 6 月 12 日在德國 (Germany) Morsburg 出生
* 1934 年 1 月 29 日在德國恩斯多夫 (Ensdorf) 發願
* 1944 年 1 月 29 日在中國上海 (Shanghai)
* 1958 年 4 月 27 日在德國慕尼黑 (Munchen) 逝世

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Father Francis Ruhland

News has been received by telegram of the death of Father Francis Ruhland, S.D.B., on 27 April 1958. Fr. Ruhland, who had been ailing for some time, left by plane for Munich on 18 February. On 15 April he underwent an operation and, according to a letter he wrote the day before, he hoped to be back in Hongkong by September.

Fr. Ruhland was born in Moosburg, Munich, on 12 June 1914. He entered the Salesian Novitiate at Ensdorf and made his profession on 29 July 1934. In the same year he left for China.

He did his philosophical studies in Hongkong and then taught in St. Louis School and Aberdeen Trade School. In September 1940 he went to Shanghai for Theology and was ordained priest there on 29 January 1944. After completing his four-year course of Theology he taught in St. Joseph’s School, Nantao. In 1946 he became prefect of studies in the same school and in 1949 was appointed students’ counselor.

St. Joseph’s having been closed down in 1950, Fr. Ruhland was posted to St. Louis School, Hongkong, to teach science for which he had a real passion.

After his arrival from Shanghai he often complained of stomach trouble and in 1951 his superiors sent him to his native Germany for a rest. After six months he was back again in St. Louis, feeling much better. However, the old ailment recurred and for the last two years his health was growing steadily worse. His death was, nevertheless, most unexpected.

A Solemn Requiem Mass for the repose of his soul was sung at St. Anthony’s Church, West Point, on Friday, 2 May at 9 a.m. by The Rev. Fr. Bernard Tohill, Rector of St. Louis School at West Point.

Attending the service were many of the late Fr. Ruhland’s religious colleagues, a large number of his former students, and representatives of various Catholic religious orders in the Colony.

9 May 1958

In Memoriam A Tribute to the deceased Salesians who worked in China 1906-1986, by Mario Rassiga, Salesian Province of China, 1987.
先賢錄--香港天主教神職及男女修會會士 (1841-2016), 天主教香港教區檔案處, 2016.