Br, Joche-Albert Ly

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6-Now in Tsingtao
The director John Mary and our protagonist put all their zeal in organising the high school, for which purpose the Mayor had put at their disposal a building of the Japanese army. But while the establishment was being organized and the building was about to be placed at the disposal of the Brothers, the prelate of Tsingtao urged them to open two classrooms close to the beautiful cathedral, in the house of the mission. Thus was it little by little realized, keeping on the one hand the incipient rooms and on the other getting the deteriorating building ready. Two or three more religious soon arrived, and Brother Ly, in his capacity as vice-rector, directed the repairs and painted and decorated with his own hands the classrooms, other rooms, etc. They lived together for quite some time in the community of Saint Michel Primary School.
Brother Joche-Albert had reached optimum results thanks to his extraordinary physical strength and his moral and intellectual qualities, and developed, according to eye-witness, great energies and tactful influence among his confreres. Brother Anthony Ly, then newly professed, speaks with admiration about all that. “He was a great help to the young Brothers, wisely advising them and actually working for them. He helped me not a little, and as vice-superior he disposed of lots of little things, and he would give me some small gifts and religious objects which I could use to attract more students to the catechism lessons. As educator he would try to discern the dominant spirit in the school and in the students in order to gain them over to him, direct them and finally induce them to embracing the faith. He was a man of discipline, but not of the rigid and intransigent sort. He preferred to conduct things and persons over gentle paths to reach the coveted ideal.
He had a great predilection for children. His outstanding virtue seemed to be a very strong faith. This gift of faith was something he had inherited from his family.
He expressed his opinion with clarity and emphatically, and took pains to bring about what he understood was best. Nevertheless he would leave undisturbed those who disagreed with his opinion.
The last paragraph is a revelation of the maturity of our martyr. Others of his confreres saw it evident towards the end of his earthly course. His incisive language, prone to criticism, gave rise to reflection, moderation or comprehension of diverse feelings and thinking. “He had been impassioned at times in his judgements”, age and grace corrected a certain earlier intolerance.

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