CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 19 January 2019

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Walking for vocations

HONG KONG (SE): Over 1,000 people joined the annual walk for the promotion of vocation to the religious life sponsored by the Serra Club Hong Kong and the Diocesan Vocation Commission on December 26.

The bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon, encouraged those who walked to respond generously to the call to vocation and actively carry out their mission of witnessing to and spreading God’s word.

Parishes were invited to design their own routes for a walk of at least one hour that would end up at the Holy Spirit Seminary in Aberdeen.

Along the way, people were asked to pray the rosary and to give special mention to religious vocation as they walked.

Around 20 parishes and a number of Catholic schools joined the event. Some started their journey from the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Caine Road, wandering through Bowen Road, Wan Chai Gap Road and the Aberdeen Reservoirs reserve.

Some kicked off from the Peak Galleria and walked the Hong Kong Trail. Some simply started from St. Peter’s in Aberdeen.

As they came together at the seminary, people joined Eucharistic adoration, after which the sacrament of reconciliation was available prior to the celebration of Mass by Cardinal Tong.

As this year’s gathering fell on the feast of the first martyr of Christianity, St. Stephen, Cardinal Tong urged people to follow his example and respond bravely to the call of God while living a meaningful and even fruitful life.

Sister Margarita Chan Mei-yung, the secretary of the Vocation Commission, said the event sets out to encourage people to be concerned about vocations and pray for them.

She said she is happy to see people support a vocation promotion activity in a concrete manner.

She pointed to the over 100 students and parents, from secondary down to kindergarten levels of the Immaculate Heart of Mary College that joined the event, which she said can help them learn about and appreciate the idea of vocation at a young age.

Chan Wing-kin, the principal of Hong Kong Tang King Po College, brought 10 students with him to the event. He said it is a good way to encourage young people to respond to the call of vocation and he hopes that more young people will get to know about and understand it.

Chan Kwok-wai, a parishioner from Immaculate Heart of Mary in Tai Po, took part with his wife and daughter. He said he hopes that their four-hour journey will help his daughter to learn something about perseverance.

Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing, the rector of the Holy Spirit Seminary, explained that since the weather was a bit unkind when they held the walk in May 2015, so it was decided to hold it in December on the next occasion.

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