CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Sunday, 1 September 2019

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Professions at St. Paul de Chartres

HONG KONG (SE): This year’s celebration of the Presentation of Our Lord on February 2 was one of great joy and blessing for the Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres, as two members, Sister Theresa Francoise Pham and Sister Martha Maria Le made their perpetual profession at Christ the King Chapel in Causeway Bay.

The joy of the day was added to as Sister Anna Marie Cheung joined them at the altar of the historic chapel for her first profession.

The bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon, led a Mass with 10 priests from Hong Kong and Vietnam concelebrating. Parishioners from various parishes and the Vietnamese Community were present to share the joy and witness what is a great moment in the lives of these three sisters.

Sister Pham and Sister Le came to Hong Kong from Vietnam in August 2004, making their made their first professions in 2009, while Hong Kong-born Sister Cheung joined the congregation in March 2010.

 During their formation period, the two Vietnamese sisters worked at St. Teresa’s and St. Paul’s Hospitals after the completion of a language course in Cantonese.

They also took up a nursing course in order to facilitate their apostolic work. After their profession, the two will continue to work at St. Paul’s Hospital and Sister Cheung will be assigned to St. Paul’s School in Lam Tin.

All present prayed with one mind and one heart the words of the prophet Isaiah for the newly professed, “I have branded you on the palms of my hands” (Isaiah 49:16).


May they be faithful to their promises and be witnesses to God’s love in the world.

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