September 2011

Seven lean years followed by a decade of progress in exile
(Thursday, 22 September 2011 )


The government sequestered funds for the relocation of the school and land was provided in Perth Street, Kowloon. The building of 22 wooden classrooms was completed in time to open the school at its temporary location on 17 October 1949.

The period of exile in what looked more like racehorse stables than an educational institute, proved to be one of tension and argument over who was responsible for the repair...

A quintessential missionary
(Thursday, 22 September 2011 )


Brother Aimar belongs to the type of missionary who interpreted God’s call in the words spoken formerly to Abram, “Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will show thee” (Genesis 12:1).

They cut off all relations with their country of origin and family to become part and parcel of their adopted country.

The Brothers of the Christian School
(Thursday, 22 September 2011 )


The Congregation of the Brothers of the Christian School, better known in Hong Kong as the De La Salle Brothers, was founded by a French priest, St. John Baptist de la Salle, who lived from 1651 to 1719.

However, he was adamant that no one from his newly founded congregation would ever be ordained a priest, as he believed that this would distract them from their primary vocation, teaching; and he firmly...

The Lasallian spirit lives on
(Thursday, 22 September 2011 )


The modern concrete, steel and glass school that houses the 1,600 enrollment of La Salle College today reflects the ever changing nature of education. 

After the school was reconstructed from scratch in 1979, it did not take two decades for the developing needs to demand more classrooms, space and facilities.

But more than education has changed, so have the...

Brothers of their times
(Thursday, 22 September 2011 )


The De La Salle Brothers have a long and proud history of education in Hong Kong and none more proud that La Salle College in Kowloon.

“And if today there is a flourishing Christian community in Hong Kong, it is thanks to the education that the youth received from the brothers,” Bishop Enrico Valtorta wrote in a letter to the brothers in 1931.

The brothers...

After 80 years yet another era is dawning for La Salle College
(Thursday, 22 September 2011 )


A visitor leaving an exhibition on the life and times of Father Matteo Ricci, at the Shanghai Museum, commented on how much the famous, 16th and 17th century Jesuit missionary and his companions knew, but also how little there was to know.

The current principal of La Salle College in Kowloon, Brother Steve Hogan, says that the challenge facing modern education relates to this very same reality, as the era...

We came to see the pope but instead saw the face of Jesus
(Thursday, 15 September 2011 )

HONG KONG (SE): “Man makes plans and God smiles,” goes the old saying.

A group from the English-speaking community of Stanley parish reflected on this adage as they trudged back to their accommodation after the August 20 overnight vigil at the climax of World Youth Day in Madrid, Spain, when it seemed that anything that could go wrong did.

Maybe the experience of...

World’s largest cultural festival dwells on certainty
(Thursday, 15 September 2011 )

  RIMINI (SE) : It is estimated that the Rimini Meeting for Friendship Among Peoples held in northern Italy attracted over 800,000 participants from 38 different countries between August 21 to 27 for its annual gathering organised on the basis that culture expresses itself through experience.

Running under the theme, And existence becomes an immense certainty, the Vatican secretary of state, Tarcisio Cardinal Bertone, said, “Today more than...

Vatican champion of world’s media and communications dead at 87
(Thursday, 15 September 2011 )


VATICAN CITY (CNS): Andrzej Cardinal Deskur of Poland, a longtime promoter of media and communications and close friend of Pope John Paul II died at his home in Vatican City on September 3 at the age of 87. 

Cardinal Deskur was a staunch supporter of the world’s journalists and photographers, calling those who died on the job modern-day martyrs who died not “out of curiosity or for some other...

The Caritas Bazaar is a 
celebration of service
(Thursday, 15 September 2011 )

In the 1950s, tens of thousands of people swarmed into Hong Kong from mainland China. The diocese appealed for help. The international Church responded generously and this contributed to the establishment of Caritas-Hong Kong in 1953, which hoped to coordinate relief efforts and organise rehabilitation activities.

Today in our rapidly changing world, assistance provided for the last, the least, and the lost must...