The Rev. Mark Tennien, of Pittsford, U.S.A., has been chosen by the Maryknoll missionaries as their war-time procurator at Chungking, the present capital of China. Fr. Tennien, a missioner in the Wuchow Vicariate, is proceeding overland to his new task.
The new establishment is being opened by the Maryknoll Fathers in order to meet the altered condiflons of communications in China. Since the fall of Hong Kong, all contact with interior China through coastal points has ceased, hut inland wire cornmunications are open. Telegraphic connections still operate at the cities of Wuchow and Kweilin in the Maryknoll fields, while it is felt that even with the closing of the Burma Road air communications with Chungking will continue to he maintained.
It is of historical interest that the first missioners to Szechwan Province in the nineteenth century proceeded overland along much the same route which Fr. Tennien must now follow. They landed in Canton and journeyed through the mountains which separate the main area of China from this large province in which some 60,000,000 Chinese live.
/Maryknoll has in South China to-day 185 priests. Brothers and Sisters. Latest telegraphic reports indicate that all are well and at their posts with the exception of Bishop Paschang and a group required by the Japanese to live in Macao. The Hong Kong missioners, while confined within the subjugated colony, are understood to be engaged in the work of the ministry.