CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Sunday, 1 September 2019

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Early call to eternal rest for Dominican father

HONG KONG (SE): Father Joachim Li Jin-hui of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans) died from drowning in the sea at Anzio-Neptuno, Italy, while attempting to help one friend after having rescued another on June 27. He was scheduled to have taken up the post of assistant provincial for the Dominican Province of Our Lady of the Rosary.
Father Li was born in Hebei, China, on 15 July 1985, completing his elementary school studies in Kong Xiao Ying in 1999 and entering the minor seminary in Zhaoxian. Upon graduating 2005, he earned a scholarship to study philosophy at the University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines, where he encountered the Dominican family and eventually entered the novitiate on 2 July 2008; making his final profession on 3 July 2009.
He then took up studies at the Holy Spirit Seminary and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Theology in 2012. He was then was sent to the Gregorian University in Rome where he studied the history of the Church and obtained a Licentiate in History in 2015. He continued with a doctoral programme in the same field concomitantly engaging in archival and paleographical studies at the Vatican, completing the course only two days before his death.
Father Li was ordained to the transitional diaconate in Rome on the 16 January 2016 and to the priesthood, in Hong Kong, on the 29 May 2016.
The Dominicans will always remember him as a diligent student, and a kind and fraternal brother, always ready to help whoever needed his service. Gifted as he was with an extraordinary memory he mastered Putonghua, Cantonese, Spanish, English, Latin, Greek and French.
His Dominican confrères join together in prayer with his family and community in this difficult time of sorrow and pain at his premature passing.
In Hong Kong, a requiem Mass has been scheduled for July 14 at 4.30pm at the Chapel of Rosaryhill School, 41-B Stubbs Road, Hong Kong.
His remains will be buried in the Dominican mausoleum in Rome.

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