During the Death March in the mountains of northern China, Brother Basilius Keng (b. 1915) died, on January 18, 1948, faithful to Christ and Pope, even though tortured without mercy by the Chinese Communist soldiers.
Made a sub-deacon only the year before, he was a native of the city of Hai Men, in Chiangsu (old form of Jiangsu) province, north of the delta of the Yangtze River.
Brother Basilius was a man without defects. A gentle character, always smiling, he was liked by all, and no one ever had difficulties with him. Not a natural scholar, he excelled in piety.
Father Chrysostomus Chang gave Brother Basilius absolution, and the Communists, fearing an epidemic because the monk had sweat profusely the night before his death, ordered that he be buried right away.
VIVA CRISTO REY! 萬歲耶穌基督國王!