CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Sunday, 1 September 2019

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Hong Kong-born Jesuit ordained a priest in Sydney

HONG KONG (SE): Jesuit-educated Alan Wong Ting-yuet, who was born and raised in Hong Kong, was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Gregory O’Kelly at St. Mary’s Church, North Sydney, Australia, in the Diocese of Port Pirie on June 16.
Thirty-four-year-old Nico Lariosa, a Filipino, was also ordained a priest.
The newly-ordained, 39-year-old Father Wong had emigrated to Australia together with his family in 1997 and then entered the Jesuit-run St. Aloysius’ College. 
Father Wong told The Catholic Weekly that the Jesuits at his school told him to become a confident person who knows about his missions. He said he was deeply touched by the story of 16th century Jesuit missionary to China, Father Matteo Ricci, who used inculturation in order to better present the gospel message in China. 
Father Wong later studied electrical engineering at the University of New South Wales. He admitted that in that time, he had drifted away from his faith. 
The priest said that it was not until his grandparents passed away that he found it necessary to reassess his priorities in life. When he went back to the church for their funeral, he said he felt a sense of peace and love for the first time in four years.
During the grieving period, he searched for the meaning of life. He recalled, that after looking up his old teachers on the Internet, he read about some Jesuits working in refugee camps. At that moment he heard a voice in his heart saying that he should be a priest.
Father Wong and Father Lariosa joined the Jesuits on the same day in 2007 and the two studied theology together at Boston College.
Father Lariosa recalled that there were 77 Jesuit students from 43 different countries. He said he was happy to hear stories from students from Africa and South and Central America.
Father Wong was once assigned to teach in Wah Yan College Hong Kong for two years and later led a trip with a teacher to Cambodia in 2014.

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