Rev. CRYAN, Martin SJ
許禮仁神父 (居)


* Birth in Tubercurry, Co. Sligo (斯萊戈郡), Ireland (愛爾蘭): [2 March 1924]
* Enter Novitiate: [6 September 1941]
* Ordination
in Ireland: [28 July 1955]
* Death in Hong Kong: [16 December 1978]

# Information according to “Jesuits in Hong Kong, South China and Beyond” / Pictorial memories of the Jesuits in Hong Kong 1926 to 2016

Father Martin Cryan, S.J.

Father Martin Cryan, SJ, of Wah Yan College, Hong Kong, died suddenly at Wah Yan on 16 December 1978, aged 54. The Hong Kong Jesuits have lost an inspiring and original thinker, a teacher of force and lucidity, a dedicated priest and a very good companion.

An outline of his life suggests placid academic devotion - Birth in Tubercurry, Co. Sligo, Ireland, in 1924: education at St. Ignatius
s Galway: Jesuit novitiate, 1941: Hong Kong, 1949-52, for study of Chinese and teaching in the Wah Yan Hong Kong afternoon school: Ireland, 1952-57, for theology and ordination: 1957, Hong Kong, teaching first in Wah Yan, Kowloon, and then in Wah Yan, Hong Kong, broken only by a year of special study of biology in the Ateneo. Manila, after which he concentrated chiefly on teaching biology.

Placidity was, however, the last thing his friends associated with Father Cryan. His life was one long adventure. He seized on every idea that caught his interest, Squeezed all that he could from it, and then thrust eagerly forward to put the idea into practice, without regard to hampering conventions. This made him an agreeably unpredictable companion. His last passion was for astronomy. Again and again he passed his nights in a sleeping-bag on a hillside so that he might see his well-loved stars at their brightest.

He will be much and lastingly missed.

He was buried in St. Michael
s Cemetery, Happy Valley, on 18 December, after Mass at St. Margarets. The Bishop led the concelebrating and officiated at the graveside.
22 December 1978



本 港 耶 穌 會 會 士 許 禮 仁 神 父 突 於 一 九 七 八 年 十 二 月 十 六 日 (星 期 六) 逝 世 , 享 年 五 十 四 歲 。

許 神 父 於 一 九 二 四 年 生 於 愛 爾 蘭 , 一 九 五 五 年 晉 鐸 。 晉 鐸 前 , 一 九 四 九 至 五 二 年 間 曾 來 港 學 習 中 文 , 晉 鐸 後 便 再 次 來 港 , 一 直 執 教 於 華 仁 書 院 生 物 科 。 許 神 父 生 前 非 常 關 心 本 港 的 教 育 問 題 , 且 創 立 了 「教 育 者 社 會 行 動 協 會」 。 據 他 一 位 同 袍 說 , 許 神 父 為 人 爽 直 , 興 趣 廣 泛 。

安 息 彌 撒 已 於 十 八 日 下 午 三 時 , 假 聖 瑪 加 利 大 堂 舉 行 , 遺 體 隨 即 安 葬 於 跑 馬 地 天 主 教 墳 場 。

請 各 教 友 為 彼 靈 魂 祈 禱 , 使 早 登 天 鄉 。
1978 年 12 月 22 日

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