Rev. Fr. Francis M. McGaley, S.J.
Rev. Fr. Francis M. McGaley, S.J. passed away peacefully at 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday, 23rd May 2000, in St. Paul's Hospital, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong.
Prayer Vigil at the Hong Kong Funeral Palour on Friday, 26th May from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Funeral Mass on Saturday, 27th May, at 11:30 a.m., at Christ the King Chapel (St. Paul's Convent), Causeway Bay, followed by burial in Catholic Cemetery, Happy Valley.
No flowers please.
According to information provided by Rev. Fr Coghlan, Rev. Fr McGaley was born on 11 Feburary 1922. He joined the Society of Jesus on 7 September 1940 and was ordained to priesthood on 29 August 1954. He came to Guangzhou in 1948 to study Chinese. He joined Wah Yan College Hong Kong (in Robinson Road) in 1950 for scholastic teaching which lasted one year. He returned to Hong Kong in 1956 and had stayed in Wah Yan until this day. He was away only for two years, one year in Cheung Chau to study Chinese and another year in England to study History. He was a school man all his life. Fr McGaley had also helped in the Wanchai Parish for over 30 years.
By Ephraem Tsui
23 May 2000
It is with great sadness that we note the passing away of Father McGaley on May 23, 2000. Father McGaley taught us History during Lower and Upper Six. His vast knowledge, dedication and obvious enthusiasm for the subject matter made a lasting impact on impressionable young minds like us. With a few phrases in French to start off the lesson on French Revolution, he struck awe and amazement in all of us. He made us realize that History is more than dates, events and dead people. It is about political intrigue, military strategy, romance, and above all else, people striving for higher ideals. As is often said "he who ignores history is bound to repeat it". Always considerate, mild-mannered, courteous, polite, and ready to lend a sympathetic ear, Father McGaley's dedication as a teacher is unparalleled, and is a real gentleman. He will be sorely missed by all those whose lives he had touched.
On behalf of Class of 71, WYCHK
25 May 2000