CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 8 December 2018

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Ordinations cap happy Dominican anniversary

HONG KONG (SE): The Dominicans celebrated the 800th anniversary of the foundation of their order with a Mass on May 29 at Rosaryhill School in Wanchai (St. Albert’s Priory), Hong Kong, in which four of their members were ordained priests and one a deacon.

The bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon, led the concelebrated Mass together with his predecessor, Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, Bishop Stephen Tjephe, from the Loikaw diocese in the east of the Union of Myanmar, and Father Javier Gonzalez, the provincial of Our Lady of the Rosary Province. Around 400 people attended the Mass.

The province of Our Lady of the Rosary was set up in 1587 and covers the Chinese-speaking countries of Asia, as well as The Philippines and other parts of the region.

The Dominican deacons ordained were Reverend Jochim Li Jinhui, from Hong Kong; and Reverend Andreas Kim Sung Dae, from South Korea; as well as Reverend Mariano Kai and Reverend Lawrence The Reh, from Myanmar.

Antoninus Huang Fangrong was ordained a deacon.

Prior to the Mass, Father Gonzalez gave a brief introduction to the 800th anniversary, while Cardinal Tong encouraged the candidates for ordination to be good shepherds of people’s souls.

Father Li spoke on behalf of the newly-ordained. The 30-year-old thanked God for their vocations, as well as families, friends and brothers in the seminary for their support.

“After many years of prayer, learning, formation and the support of the brothers in the seminary, my priesthood is moulded,” he said. 

Looking back, he said that he, like all the newly-ordained that day, has had many experiences since childhood which show that he has been blessed by our merciful God.

Born in mainland China, Father Li came to Hong Kong as a novice in 2008 and received his formation at the Holy Spirit Seminary. He is now studying Church history in Rome.

Bishop Tjephe, who came from Myanmar to celebrate the Mass, said he was grateful to God for having two newly-ordained priests coming from his diocese.

“The Dominicans are dedicated to preaching and they are all learned people. The Church does not only focus on the number of priests, but also their quality. I pray that they will keep trying their best to be good priests,” he said.

Father Kai said the ordination has a special meaning for him because it was held on the 800th anniversary of the Dominicans during the Jubilee of Mercy.

He came to Hong Kong in 2010 as a novice and received his formation at the University of St. Joseph in Macau. The 34-year-old is now involved in pastoral care of young people in Myanmar.

The other newly ordained from Myanmar, 29-year-old Father The Reh, came to Hong Kong in 2010 as a novice and also received his formation at the University of St. Joseph. He is now learning Cantonese in Hong Kong.

Father Kim, from South Korea, has a brother who is a Franciscan priest. Father Kim told the Kung Kao Po that he had been involved in the gemstone business before joining the seminary and was quite a self-centred person.

“I longed for freedom. But while studying in the seminary, I realised that freedom lies in truth,” he said.

The 42-year-old also came to Hong Kong in 2010 as a novice and he too received his formation at the University of St. Joseph. He is now back in South Korea.

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