Thomas F. Ryan SJ: From Cork to China and Windsor Castle, 1889 -1971

June 8, 2012 in News

Thomas Morrissey SJ

Publisher: Columba Press

Thomas Ryan SJ was a man of immense energy with a strong commitment to social justice.  His Christianity was the springboard for his dedication to the poor not just in Ireland but in China and Hong Kong. He was deeply fond of the Chinese people and had many Chinese friends and he even became a member of the Hong Kong government.

As a scholastic in Belvedere College he taught his classes, took an MA at UCD and was deeply involved the Belvedere Newsboys Club and in work for young people in remand homes. He was a capable organizer and administrator both within the Jesuits and in government.

As a Jesuit he may be considered as a pioneer in the Order’s extensive commitment to the welfare of refugees.