Lithuanian Jew Becomes a Presbyterian, then Episcopalian, then Bishop of Shanghai???
Schereschewsky immigrated to America to train for ministry in the Presbyterian Church at their seminary in Pittsburgh. Midway through his studies he decided to become an Episcopalian and graduated in 1859 from General Theological Seminary in NYC.
Responding to his bishops call for helpers in China, he left for Shanghai, teaching himself to write in Chinese along the way. While living in Peking [Bejing] from 1862-75 he translated the Bible and parts of the BCP into Mandarin. After the departure of the Bishop of Shanghai to Japan, Samuel was elected Bishop of Shanghai and consecrated at Grace Church, NYC in 1877. Upon returning to China Schereschewsky established St. John's University in Shanghai and began a translation of the Bible into Wenli, another Chinese dialect. Sadly, he became paralysed and resigned as bishop in 1883, returning to the States.
Undeterred by illness, Samuel got together the funds to return to Shanghai; there he completed his Bible translation, by typing 2,000 pages with only one finger of his partially crippled hand. He moved to Japan in 1895 and died in Tokyo in 1906. Perhaps we should nickname this saint, bound to a wheelchair for over 20 years, "Saint Persistent"!