By the time the Trappist monks on the Death March arrived in Teng Chia Yu, on September 8, 1947, those who carried the litter of Father Stephanus Maury (b. 1886) knew that the priest, originally a French Lazarist with the Congregation of the Mission, didn’t have long to live.
At some point he had felt death approaching and signaled that he wanted to make his last confession. In a narrow bend along the path, Father Sebastianus Pien, carrying the right front corner of the litter, nodded for others to delay on a turn. There, he bent over, listened to the dying man’s final words and pronounced absolution over the victim of Chinese Communists with their theophobic Socialist ideology of death and destruction.
VIVA CRISTO REY! 萬歲耶穌基督國王!