Diary of Juan Labrador, O.P.

June 23, 1942

We received the first news from Hongkong. This was the first communication we had from abroad in six months. The Dominican Superior of Rosaryhill sent a letter through the Foreign Office of Tokyo. According to the letter, all the Fathers and Brothers were safe and sound. By reading between the lines, however, we could feel that something was wrong. The Novitiate was either badly damaged or occupied by the Japanese. Provisions were very scarce and they had to appeal to the Spanish government, through the Japanese Embassy, to send them food. Due to the food shortage, the twenty Vietnamese Dominicans studying in Hongkong were sent back home.