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St. Vincent de Paul rolls up its sleeves

HONG KONG (SE): The St. Vincent de Paul Central Council of Hong Kong marked the feast day of its patron on September 27 with a Mass celebrated by Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung and Father Dominic Chan Chi-ming at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception followed by the society’s annual general meeting and dinner in the Caritas Community Hall.
 
The main topic under discussion at the gathering was the society’s outreach to refugee people in the city and the work it is doing among the most deprived members of society.
 
Garley Wong Ching-wan reported on the previous year, saying that 13 conferences under the society paid monthly visits to over 80 families of refugees and torture claimants.
 
Over 350 people took part in various activities organised for refugee and torture claimants during the past 12 months and carnivals and day camps were held during the summer holidays in response to World Refugee Day, which falls on June 20 each year.
 
The central council has been encouraging its conferences to offer free meals in the different regions of the city over the past four years to those that lack the means to fend for themselves.
 
Over 10 of the 13 conferences are currently providing the service. Some of these projects are run jointly with Caritas, schools or parishes.
 
The regional meeting of the Asian-Pacific countries will be held in Hong Kong in November 2019. Hundreds of members from the Asia-Pacific countries are expected to come to share their views.
 
This year also marks the 400th anniversary of the of the society’s patron, St. Vincent de Paul. Representatives from Hong Kong attended a related forum in Rome from October 11 to 15.
 
The St. Vincent de Paul Central Council of Hong Kong currently has over 900 members, 33 parish conferences and a youth conference.
 
But on the downside of the year, the conference at Trinity Chapel, Discovery Bay, was suspended due to the shortage of volunteers, while the one at St. Teresa’s in Kowloon has temporarily been closed.

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