Vincentian Missionaries in Jiangxi Province: Extending an American Catholic Community to China, 1921–1951
On an evening in the summer of 1939, Fr. Wendelin Dunker, CM, set off on a rather audacious midnight journey. He and his fellow Vincentian missionaries, local Catholics, and neighboring non-Catholi c Chinese had fled from the village of Yihuang that day ahead of advancing Japanese military forces. Resting briefly before continuing the retreat, it occurred to Dunker that bread already consecrated for the Eucharist remained in the chapel within the mission residence in Yihuang. Enflamed, he took to horseback to retrieve the Host or at the very least safeguard its sanctity in the face of Japanese troops who, he feared, would ransack the church without giving the exalted Eucharist a second thought.
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