CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Sunday, 1 September 2019

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Young people walk the way of the cross

A breezy Sunday afternoon served as the backdrop to the Hong Kong Diocesan English Youth (DEY) annual Way of the Cross pilgrimage to the Trappist Monastery on Lantau Island on February 28.

Following a quick ride on the Kai To ferry, the group held a brief reflection and sang a hymn to prepare to process up the path of the 14 Stations of the Cross.

Pausing at each station, readings and prayers gave ample opportunity to reflect on the Lord’s Passion and meditate on Our Lady’s suffering.

After an hour-and-a-half, the group reached the last station at the entrance to the Chapel of Our Lady of Joy Abbey. It was a poignant moment for some, including one person who made their first communion at the Trappist Monastery 29 years ago.

Before walking through the Holy Door into the chapel, the young people deposited their Lenten prayer intentions, written on small pieces of coloured paper, into a box. These were later added to the dry leaves collected by the monks to burn for fertiliser to use on their surrounding vegetation and crops.

Upon the conclusion of the prayer, the abbey’s guest master, Dom Anastasius Li, welcomed the group to the retreat house. He gave a brief backgrounder on the origins of the Trappist monks and answered some of the young people’s questions about their way of life: manual labour, waking up at 3.30am to pray for the world, praying the Divine Office seven times a day and being in bed before 9.00pm.

Refreshed in spirit, the group left Lantau with a tasty souvenir as well: the monastery’s renowned cookies.

The 22 participants included a large contingent from St. Teresa’s in Kowloon Tong—among them young people from STAY (St. Teresa’s Awesome Youth); as well as parishioners from nearby Discovery Bay; the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and St. Joseph’s in Central; St. Margaret’s in Happy Valley; Christ the King in Causeway Bay; St. Benedict’s in Shatin; St. Joseph’s in Fanling; and Mary Help of Christians in Ma Tau Wai.

Diocesan English Youth was founded more than two years ago to support young English-speaking Catholic people in the diocese. 

Apart from the annual Way of the Cross Pilgrimage, the group holds a Eucharistic Adoration on every first Tuesday of the month at Our Lady of Carmel parish in Wanchai.

It has also organised the Holympics, a faith-oriented sports day, over the past three years and hopes to do so again in 2016.

The group’s coordinator, Charmian Lam, is optimistic the group will continue to develop, “As long as it is our Lord’s loving will, we pray that this small community will continue to be led by the Holy Spirit and gain more support in additional parishes to be able to further help and serve the diocese.”



 • Ken Wu
St. Margaret’s, Happy Valley

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