CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Sunday, 1 September 2019

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Two ordained for Hong Kong

HONG KONG (SE): Reverend Ignatius Lo King-ip and Reverend Paul Nguyen Kim-son were ordained priests by John Cardinal Tong Hon at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception on August 20.

The ordination ceremony took place at a Mass attended by over 1,000 people and was concelebrated by Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung and Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing.

As rector of the Holy Spirit Seminary College, Bishop Ha recommended the two deacons for ordination to Cardinal Tong, who laid hands on them and presented them with the chalice before congratulating them as new priests in the diocese.

The cardinal said that he finds a special meaning in Father Lo and Father Nguyen being ordained during this year, as not only is it the Jubilee of Mercy, but it is also the 175th anniversary of the foundation of the Church in Hong Kong and the 70th anniversary of its transition to a fully-fledged diocese.

“God wants them to follow their predecessors in the diocese with the same perseverance,” he said, while encouraging the two to be faithful to God’s word in building up the people of God in their ministry as priests.

Cardinal Tong then invited those present to pray for the two newly-ordained, for the clergy and for vocations.

He reminded people that to encourage more vocations, Hong Kong needs stronger witnesses to the good news of Jesus Christ and he hopes that God’s mercy can be shown in the wider society.

At the end of the Mass, Father Lo and Father Nguyen also invited people to pray for vocations and especially for the priests who labour in the diocese.

Father Lo said he hopes that young people can respond to the call for vocation with courage, adding that even though it presents many trials, the journey of vocation is full of joy, because of the presence of God.

He thanked his parents, who are not Catholic, for their support in his journey to faith and priesthood.

The mother and the seven siblings of Father Nguyen travelled from Vietnam to attend his ordination. Father Nguyen said he is grateful for the formation his mother gave him in leading him on the path of vocation through her example.

His mother, Nguyen Thi Quyên, said that she is happy that her son is a priest and that she keeps him in her prayers every day, hoping that he will follow God forever.

Father Lo’s father, Lo Man-hang, said the family has been moved by the determination and dedication during his formation and he fully supports his vocation. 

Lo Kwong-yip, his younger brother, added that he hopes that as a priest, his brother can help more people in the future.

Reverend Jonathan Chee Ka-pong, from the Anglican Church, a long-time friend of Father Lo, said he felt grateful as he watched the spiritual development of Father Lo unfold throughout his journey from being an Anglican to a Catholic and finally a priest.

Yuen Wing-shan, a parishioner from Holy Cross parish, Shaukiwan, said she is grateful that Father Nguyen was able to be part of their journey to the World Youth Day in Poland and that through his example she can see that God has a different vocation for everyone.

Father Lo has been assigned as the assistant parish priest at Holy Redeemer parish, Tuen Mun, while Father Nguyen will fill the same position at St. Patrick’s parish in Wang Tau Hom.

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