Wednesday 09th March 2016
Fr Francis Vernon Douglas
Fr Douglas was born on 22nd May 1910 in Wellington. He attended all his school sports, the sports he played were rugby, cricket, handball, and boxing. After he finished school he worked at a post office, he worked there for a while and then he felt the need to become a priest. In 1938 he sailed to the Philippines and arrived in his new parish of Pililla in July. He preached good news about God in the Philippines.
In 1941 the Japanese invaded the Philippines, Fr Douglas he could’ve ran away, but he stayed with his people knowing what was going to come. The Japanese integrated him because they thought if he was a priest he would be a spy. They thought he knew where the Philippine Guerillas where, Fr Douglas did know but he didn’t tell them.
He was water tortured and had a big piece of wood on his stomach and the soldiers would jump up and down on his stomach. Fr Douglas was last seen being dragged out a church and into a military truck. They believed he died because when the truck came back his body wasn’t in it. It is believed he was put to death in 10 July 1943.