Bishop Reginald Arliss, C.P., St. Paul of the Cross Province (1906-1996)

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Born on September 8, 1906 in East Orange, New Jersey, he professed his Passionist vows on August 15, 1928. Ordained on April 28, 1934, he was assigned to be a missionary in Hunan, China where he directed the St. Joseph’s regional seminary in the Yuanling, Hunan diocese. In 1949 the Communists put him under house arrest and expelled him as an “imperialist” in 1951. He was in the United States from 1951 to 1958 when he went to the Philippines. From 1961 to 1970 he was Rector of the Philippine College in Rome. On January 30, 1970 he was consecrated bishop of the prelature of Marbel, Philippines. He was the second Passionist bishop in the Philippines. He was responsible for over forty Passionists who served in approximately 361 barios or towns, encouraged new catechetical efforts, indigenous vocations, credit unions, reconciliation between Christians and Moslems, and concern about aboriginal tribes and local environmental issues. He retired in 1981 as bishop and served as Vicar General for the Archdiocese of Manila during the tumultuous dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos. Ill health forced him to return to the United States in 1989. He died on April 26, 1996.

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