A photograph of Kaying [now Meixien] priests after their retreat in Kwangtung, China. Seated [left to right] Frs. Gallagher, Downs, Donaghy, Albert Valensin, S.J. who ws the retreat Master, Bishop Ford, Fr. Luke Loo [ordained June 29, 1938 by Bishop Ford for Meixien], Frs. Eckstein, P. Malone, Hilbert and O'Brien. Standing [left to right] Frs. Quinn, Paul Choo, Longinus Chai, O' Day, O' Donnell, Rhodes, Dennis, McCormick, Bush, C.J. Murphy, Tomas Donavan, Welch, Callan, Tom Malone, J.M. Murphy, Mark Chai and John Pei.; Born in Brooklyn, New York, Bishop Ford was the first student to enter the Catholic Foreign Mission Society of America. He was ordained to the priesthood on December 5, 1917 and the following year he accompanied Fathers Price, Meyer and James E. Walsh to China. They began working in Yeungkong and the Kongmoon territory of South China. In 1925, Fr. Ford was assigned to the Kaying diocese. Ten years later, in 1935, Bishop James Anthony Walsh, founder of Maryknoll, consecrated Msgr. Francis Ford as the first Bishop of Kaying. He remained in China throughout World War II. In 1950 Bishop Ford was placed under arrest with his secretary Sr. Joan Marie, MM, placed on trial and sentenced to prison. After a year in prison, Bishop Ford died on February 21, 1952. Sr. Joan Marie confirmed his death when she was released the following September.