Iron Man of China, The
Without knowing anything about the man whose life is recounted on these pages, The Iron Man of China may seem a curious title. Father Lavin served the Chinese people for twenty years (1932-1953), traversing thousands of miles by foot or bicycle, and exposing himself every day to life threatening dangers. In 1953 the Communists expelled him from the mainland threatening him with death if he should ever return.
It was American news correspondent, Theodore White, writing for Life Magazine on the Communist persecution of Catholic missionaries in China, who first called Father Lavin, the "Iron Man of China."
This well-documented book, written by Father Lavin's nephew, illustrates one of the reasons why there are ten million Catholics, loyal to Rome, in China today.
337 pp., soft cover