Rev.  HEADON, Maurice SJ

* Birth in Ireland (愛爾蘭): [21 November 1912]
* Enter Novitiate: [3 September 1930]
Ordination in Ireland: [31 July 1944]
* Arrival in Hong Kong: [1949]

* Death in Dublin (都柏林), Ireland: [6 August 1960]

# Information according to “Jesuits in Hong Kong, South China and Beyond”

Father Maurice Headon, S.J.

News was received on Sunday, 7 August 1960, that Father Maurice Headon, S.J., formerly of Wah Yan College, Kowloon, had died in Ireland aged 49. He had gone to Ireland a year ago for a rest and it was known that he was suffering from a blood-clot. The news of his death was, however, quite unexpected.

Father Headon was born in Ireland and was educated by the Irish Christian Brothers in O’Connell School, Dublin. He entered the Jesuit noviciate in 1930, took a B. Sc. Degree in the National University of Ireland, did his ecclesiastical studies partly in France and was ordained priest in 1944.

Having worked as a priest for some years in Ireland, he came to Hong Kong in 1949 and spent ten years here teaching, first in Wah Yan College, Hong Kong, later in Wah Yan College, Kowloon. For his last two years here he was prefect of Studies in the latter college. From the beginning of his time here, he devoted himself to the study of Cantonese and quickly gained a mastery of the language that was truly remarkable in one who was already engaged in the demanding work of the classroom. His command of Cantonese enabled him to do a wide variety of pastoral work. For many years he was well known as a confessor and a preacher in St. Teresa’s Kowloon, and in the parish of St. Francis of Assisi, Shumshuipo, where the parochial clergy made him welcome as a sharer of their pastoral burden. As an educator he maintained his interest in his former pupils after they had left his care, even undertaking the heroic labour of keeping in touch by letter with all old boys of Wah Yan who had gone abroad for further studies.

He will be very widely mourned in Hong Kong.
2 August 1960



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1960 年 8 月 9 日


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1960 年 8 月 26 日

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