Father Patrick Grogan, SJ

Born: 03 March 1902, Cloghan, County Offaly, Ireland
Entered: 12 November 1925, St Stanislaus College, Tullabeg, County Offaly, Ireland
Ordained: 31 July 1936, Milltown Park, Dublin
Professed: 05 November 1977
Died: 27 February 1980, Hong Kong

In 1932 as a regent he was a member of the first group of Jesuits to teach in Wah Yan College, and Wah Yan was to be the scene of his activity for 31 of his remaining 48 years. He returned to Wah Yan in 1938 after his theological studies and ordination in Ireland. He spent the war years partly in mainland China, partly in India, and returned again to Wah Yah in 1948.

Father Grogan came to Singapore in 1962. In 1963 the Bishop of Kuala Lumpur asked the Jesuit fathers to take over the Church of the Assumption, which had been opened in 1960. Father Richard Harris and Father Patrick Grogan arrived to take on this responsibility, thus putting all 4500 Catholics in Petaling Jaya at that time under the care of the Society of Jesus. He served very happily in Assumption Parish until 1970. Then for the last time, he returned to Wah Yan, teaching there until his death.

Book: 50 years of the parish of the Church of St Ignatius, 2012

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