The first repatriation ship from Japan is carrying out of the Japanese Empire 76 of the 119 American Maryknoll priests, Brothers and Sisters who have been working in Japan, Korea and Manchukuo. It is possible the remainder will be required to leave on future vessels. This first ship also has aboatd is Maryknoll missioners from Hong Kong.
The Rev. James M. Drought, VicarGeneral of Maryknoll, commented on the fact that " the largest single group of Americans in the Japanese Empire to-day are the Maryknoll priests.
" These Maryknoll priests, Brothers and Sisters, who are now being repatriated from thb Japanese Empire because of the war conditions, represent over a thousand work years of mission effort," he went on. " Scores of them have each devoted ten and fifteen years to building up flourishing Catholic communities and winning converts who to day number tens of thousands. A meagre force of native clergy and European priests remain behind to care for these orphaned Christians during the years of the Maryknollers' forced absence.
" We expect that after the war our missioners will return to Japan. They might help to prevent another war."