CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 12 August 2017

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Precious Blood Sisters elect new leadership

HONG KONG (SE): The Congregation of The Sisters of the Precious Blood held its 24th general election on July 26 at which Sister Madeleine Kwong Lai-kuen and Sister Agnes Au Yi-man were re-elected as superior general and assistant superior general.
 
On the same day, Sister Teresa Li Sau-chi, Sister Cecilia Kwok Yuen-han, Sister Josephine Kam Lai-cheng, Sister Paula Lou Kuai-fong and Sister Dominica So Chiu-ho were elected as councillors general.
 
The General Chapter was held at the Fanling Headquarters of the congregation from July 26 to August 8 under the theme, Be part of the salvation of Jesus Christ to ignite life’s energy and live out the joy of the gospel.
 
Thirty delegates came together for the meeting. The election was preceded by a Mass of the Holy Spirit celebrated by the bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon, and Father Edward Khong Kin-cheung.
 
Cardinal Tong pointed out that the cruciform shape of the cross gives it both vertical and horizontal arms, with the vertical symbolising the blessings bestowed upon us through Jesus Christ our Lord, the horizontal representing the embrace of all people and the complete cross firmly connected with the earth.
 
He told the sisters that they should lift up their hearts to the Lord and be farsighted in their planning, but because the vertical arm stands in the earth, the sisters should serve with humility as Jesus Christ did.
 
He added that the horizontal arm represents a call to all religious congregations to identify and respond to the needs of society in an appropriate manner through communication and unity.
 
Sister Kwong, the re-elected superior general, comes from Taishan in Guangdong and is a graduate of Tack Ching Girls’ Secondary School in Taipei.
 
She later trained as a teacher and served in several schools operated by the congregation after her profession.
 
Sister Kwong received a bachelor’s degree from the Faculty of Theology of St. Robert Bellarmine at Fu Jen Catholic University in Taiwan in 1989.
 
Then, in 1999, she completed her doctorate in theology at the Jesuit School of Theology in Paris, France.
 
She has been teaching theology at the Holy Spirit Seminary College in Aberdeen, Hong Kong, ever since.
 
She has served on the congregational council for a total of 12 years in positions from councillor general, assistant superior general to superior general.
 
The re-elected assistant superior general, Sister Au, is also from Guangdong. She was born in Gaoming as well, and also graduated from Tack Ching Girls’ Secondary School.
 
Sister Au continued her studies after her profession, completing her first degree in educational psychology at the National Taiwan Normal University.
 
From there she taught at Tack Ching Girls’ Secondary School and later became the principal at the Catholic Pao-Jen Primary School in Taiwan.
 
From 1985 to 1992, she was engaged in pastoral work among the Chinese Catholic community in Montreal, Canada. In 1989, she obtained a bachelor’s degree in education from Concordia University in Canada.
 
Returning to Hong Kong in 1992, she served as principal of the Precious Blood Secondary School for two decades and was awarded a master’s degree in education by the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2000.
 
She was a councillor general for 12 years before becoming assistant superior general in 2013.
 
Following the election of the leadership team on July 26, a meeting was convened between the old and new members of the General Council on July 27.
 
A general meeting, led by the Chapter’s Leadership Team was held on July 28.
 
The General Chapter of the only locally founded religious congregation for sisters in Hong Kong closed on August 8 with a thanksgiving Mass celebrated by Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung.

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