CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Sunday, 1 September 2019

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New deacon from Cameroon

HONG KONG (SE): Flavien Ulrich Bouambe, from Cameroon in Africa, was ordained a deacon by Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung on May 13 at St. Jerome’s parish, Tin Shui Wai.
A member of the Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (CiCM) Reverend Bouambe was born into a Catholic family. He has four brothers and one younger sister.
The 32-year-old said he discovered that discerning a vocation is a long process and it is not easy to pinpoint exactly where it begins. However, from memory, he reckoned it was in his first year of secondary school that he decided to become a priest when he began to be inspired by one missionary in his parish who has dedicated his whole life serving people.
He joined the CICM congregation in 2006 and after completing a philosophy and theology course in Cameroon in 2014, he was assigned to Asia.
He first went to The Philippines to study English and later came to Hong Kong in May 2015.
In 2016, he was assigned to St. Jerome’s parish, Tin Shui Wai, to practice his Cantonese and get in touch with local people as part of the preparation for his future mission.
He said that before his ordination to the diaconate, he had feelings of joy and excitement, as reaching this stage on the journey to the priesthood has been a long and arduous path to tread.
The newly-ordained deacon said that he finds Cantonese difficult to learn and getting someone to go over a draft of his homilies is an absolute necessity.
However, he believes that cultural difference will not be an obstacle for him in the long run as the formation he has received from his congregation is orientated towards helping him to adjust to different cultural settings and situations.
He told the Sunday Examiner that he hopes to be ordained a priest in his hometown so that his family can join him in the celebration, as they were not able to come to Hong Kong for his diaconate, due to the distance and expense involved.

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