CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Sunday, 1 September 2019

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New Salesian provincial elected

HONG KONG (SE): Salesian Father Joseph Ng Chi-yuen was sworn in as the 15th provincial of the Mary Help of Christians Province of China during an installation ceremony celebrated by Father Václav Klement, the regional councillor for East Asia-Oceania, at the Salesian Missionary House, Shau Kei Wan, on June 23.
Father Ng was born in Hong Kong in 1955. He made his perpetual vows on 12 July 1987, and was ordained a priest on 31 January 1989. 
After his ordination he served in the Salesian houses in Tainan, Taiwan, and as a teacher in Boys Town; then as director and master of novices in Zhaozhou, Guangdong province; finally he worked as director of the Salesian house in Taipei. He did his graduate studies in sociology at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, the United States of America.
At the Salesian Provincial Office, he held the position of provincial councillor from 2012 to 2016, and became its economer in 2016. Around 80 Salesians, including Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, attended the installation ceremony.
Father Ng thanked his fellow Salesians who attended the ceremony and expressed gratitude to his predecessor, Father Lanfranco Fedrigotti, and prayed for him. During the gathering after the Mass, Father Ng requested those present to pray for him so that he might face the challenges that would come on his way in the future. 
The new provincial shared the motto chosen for his priestly ordination: a verse from the gospel passage telling of the Wedding at Cana, which says, “His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you’” (John 2:5). He said he has taken on a difficult task, which needs the support of all Salesians from East Asia as well as Oceania. 
Finally, he prayed that the members of Salesian Family can give witness to Don Bosco’s dream for China and that the Salesians can serve the young people of the country.

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