CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Sunday, 1 September 2019

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Farewell to well-loved and long-serving sister

Hong Kong (SE): Sister Eliza Joseph Chow of the Sisters of St. Paul de Chartres, died peacefully at St Paul’s Hospital, Causeway Bay, on Monday, 7 January 2013, she was 99-years-old.

Sister Chow joined the congregation in 1939 and made her first profession in 1944. She taught at the French Convent School (Anglo-French School)—now St. Paul’s Convent School, Causeway Bay. When it closed during the Second World War, she assisted, together with all the sisters, in caring for the many sick and wounded soldiers and civilians who could not be accommodated at the badly damaged St. Paul’s Hospital.  

When classes resumed at the end of the war in 1945, Sister Chow was made prefect of studies in charge of St. Marguerite’s Vernacular School, Happy Valley. When the school became a government-subsidised, half-day school in 1960 and was renamed St. Paul’s Primary Catholic School, she became its first principal. 

In 1965, she was transferred to St. Teresa’s Hospital, Prince Edward Road, where she was assistant superior until 1979. She also worked in the accounts department and, in her spare time, gave private lessons in Mandarin. 

Patient and kind Sister Chow was well loved and appreciated by students and teachers in the school, some of them frequently visiting her even after she had left. She was particularly diligent and spent her free time sewing or knitting woollen socks, scarves or shawls which she would then give to others or to charity. She was very generous and always liked to share even just a drink or snack.

Soft-spoken and self-effacing, she lived a quiet life in the hospital giving good witness not only to the sisters, but also to the staff who loved and respected her. She was almost 90-years-old when she retired to St. Paul’s Convent in 2003.  

A Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated on Monday, January 13, at Christ the King Chapel, Causeway Bay, followed by the funeral services at St. Michael’s Cemetery, Happy Valley.  The Sisters of St. Paul de Chatres, her family and relatives are grateful for prayers for the repose of her soul. May she rest in peace.

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