Cuthbert O'GARA [1886-1968]
Cuthbert O'Gara, the son of a judge, took vows as a (Roman Catholic) Passionist in 1914 and was ordained a priest in 1915. He taught theology in the USA until 1924 when he was sent to China and after a misunderstanding ended up on mission in Yuanling (Hunan). In 1934 he became a Titular Bishop.
During the Sino-Japanese War he established 13 refugee camps and two hospitals and helped house, feed and clothe up to 100,000 people. One writer called him 'the Stretcher-Bearer Bishop' because of his personal involvement in this work.
At the time of the Japanese attack on Hong Kong he was in the colony for dental treatment and he shared the experiences of the Maryknoll Fathers. He was guaranteed out of Stanley or May 26, 1942 to live with Bishop Valtorta. Before long he left for China and then the United States.
After the war he returned to Yuanling and was imprisoned by the Communist regime in 1951, being carried into Hong Kong on a stretcher on his release in 1953. He became a miitant anti-communist and anti-secularist and supported Senator Joseph McCarthy's 'witch hunt' of the American left.
Note: Some sources give September 12, 1942 as the date he left Stanley. Investigations continue.