CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 19 May 2018

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Perpetual commitment on the day of Consecrated Life

HONG KONG (SE): On February 2, the feast of the Presentation of Our Lord, Sister Anna Rose Pham and Sister Teresa Mary Nguyen, of the Sisters of St Paul of Chartres, made their perpetual professions, at a Mass concelebrated by Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing and seven priests from the diocese and Vietnam at Christ the King Chapel in Causeway Bay.
 
Faithful from different congregations and the Vietnamese community came to share in the joy and witness the great moment for these two sisters. Sister Pham and Sister Nguyen came to Hong Kong in December 2007. They made their first profession in 2013. 
 
During their formation, Sister Pham worked at St Paul’s Convent School (Primary Section) and St Paul’s Primary Catholic School in Causeway Bay, while Sister Nguyen worked at St. Teresa’s Hospital, Kowloon City, and St. Paul’s Hospital, Causeway Bay, after they had learned Cantonese. 
 
Both sisters will continue with their present apostolic. All participants prayed that Sister Pham and Sister Nguyen remain faithful to their promises and be the witnesses of God’s love.
 
February 2 was also the world day of prayer for Consecrated Life. 
 
An anticipated Mass was concelebrated by Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung together with former bishops John Cardinal Tong Hon and Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, and about 30 priests at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on the evening of February 1.
 
Over 500 religious and many lay people with lighted candles joined the evening Mass to pray for the consecrated men and women in the Church. 
 
Bishop Yeung led the concelebrating priests and representatives of the Major Superiors of Religious Houses in offering candles before an icon of the Presentation of the Lord.  
 
In his homily, the bishop encouraged the consecrated people to follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit and live out their vocation to love God and his people. 
 
Three representatives from major superiors of religious institutes also led the consecrated people in renewing of vows of chastity, poverty and obedience, expressing their commitment and determination to be God’s instruments.

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