CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Sunday, 1 September 2019

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Sisters of the Precious Blood reach out as they bequeath

HONG KONG (SE): A Mass celebrated by Father Pierre Lam Minh, one of the vicars general of the diocese, on August 12, the final day of the 23rd General Chapter of the Sisters of the Precious Blood, was described by the sisters as being symbolic of a new milestone for the only local, diocesan congregation in Hong Kong.

Father Lam quoted the words, Go, Fear Not and To Serve from a talk given by Pope Francis at World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, urging the sisters to go out to the world with God, to serve humankind and to bear witness to the gospel.

Sister Madeleine Kwong Lai-kuen, the new superior general, in her address to the sisters at the Thanksgiving Mass mentioned that a General Chapter is the climax and a new Pentecost of religious life.

Looking back over the past few days, it can be described as an historic period.

The whole congregation experienced the presence of the Holy Spirit, as the members prayed in unity, discussed and shared their views, re-thought and discerned together, as well as creating anew.

Sister Kwong reiterated the one thing she asked of the Lord, that the whole community would become one spiritual entity, unceasingly experiencing the coming of the Holy Spirit.

She quoted the words of the prophet, Joel, to encourage the sisters.

“I shall pour out my spirit on all humanity. Your sons and daughters shall prophesy, your old people shall dream dreams and your young people shall see visions” (Joel 2: 27).

At present, although the congregation is aging, Sister Kwong firmly believes that the Holy Spirit pouring down on its members will keep it forever young.

She pointed out that everyone can be a prophet, dream dreams and have visions, in the same way as young people.

The theme of the General Chapter was, The Heritage of our congregation—rethink and re-create.

She said that to be able to rethink and re-create is solely the work of the Holy Spirit, as it is the Holy Spirit who led the chapter to think and recall the spiritual heritage bequeathed by the founder and sisters who have borne the heat of past days.

Under their influence, the sisters today continue to deepen and re-create the charism and mission of their congregation, so that once again they can manifest their spirit in the 21st century, by adjusting their lives and way they act, leading the life of an apostolic community of unity and prayer, like the community life of the early Church.

“They remained faithful to the teaching of the apostles, to the brotherhood in the breaking of bread and to prayer,” Sister Kwong said.

She added that today, the sisters need to be able to discern the signs of the times in this fast changing world and respond to God’s call of the moment.

They need to imitate the blessed Mother, full of the Holy Spirit, who went quickly to serve her cousin, bearing the unborn holy child.

She called this the first evangelisation in Jesus’ life. He did it through Mary and with Mary.

Sister Kwong said that the life story of every sister is woven into the history of the congregation.


She said that her hope is that all the sisters will be renewed in the Spirit and attract more young people into their historic stream, opening a new age for the life of the congregation to spread the good news of Christ to humankind.

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