CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 9 December 2017

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Jubilee celebration for two Good Shepherd sisters

HONG KONG (SE): A Mass was celebrated by Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung, at Mother of Good Counsel parish, San Po Kong, to mark the 50th and the 60th anniversaries of religious profession of Sister Peter Chua and Sister Felicitas Nisperos of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd on September 10.
 
The celebration was attended by over 400 people from the Filipino and Chinese-speaking communities who have been the longtime friends of the two.
 
In his opening message, Bishop Yeung noted that this year also marked the 40th anniversary of his priestly ordination. He asked for the guidance of the Holy Spirit for all three of them so that they can continue proclaiming the love of God.
 
The bishop concelebrated the Mass with Father Rodolfo Jacobe, spiritual director of the Diocesan Pastoral Centre for Filipinos, Father Efren Ojeda, Father Johnson Dhos and parish priest, Father Renzo Milanese. They were assisted by Reverend Francis Mahilum.
 
Bishop Yeung said that as religious, both he and the sisters need to thank God for his patience and for not abandoning them when they faced challenges. He said they can do nothing without the grace of God and still need his help to guide them through different situations. 
 
He went on to urge employers and foreign domestic workers to respect one another’s cultures and to view things from a different perspective, which is the key to solving problems step by step.
 
He also shared that he used to keep the photos of the activities in which he participated over the decades of his priesthood in shoeboxes and treasured them. But after 30 years, he had to throw them away to make room for other things.
 
At the end of the Mass, the two sisters renewed their vows of chastity, obedience and poverty and were blessed by the bishop.
 
The congregation was then invited to have photos taken with the bishop and the two sisters. Those present included people from Couples for Christ, the groups in Diocesan Pastoral Centre for Filipinos, the Simbayanan-KAMMPI, the Apostleship of Prayer group, St. Francis’ English-speaking community, and the St. Thomas English-speaking community.
 
Sister Nisperos arrived in Hong Kong in 1966. Her first assignment was to take care of female teenagers in the centres established by the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, first in Pelletier Hall, now Caritas Pelletier School, in Clear Water Bay Road, then at Marycove Centre, Aberdeen, and later in Choi Wan Hostel.
 
In 2001, she was assigned to the Diocesan Pastoral Centre of Filipinos to assist the then director of the centre, Sister Aida Casambre. She became director in 2009.
 
Sister Peter Chua came to Hong Kong in 1960s and has worked in different capacities, including the education of female teenagers and the Filipino community. At present, she is the superior of the Good Shepherd sisters.

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