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An unassuming yet brilliant missionary

LECCO (SE): A long-time missionary to Hong Kong, Italian-born Father Fernando Galbiati, from the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (pime), lost his battle with cancer on February 18.

Born on 14 November 1932 in the Bussero district of Milan, Father Galbiati was the superior general of pime during a highly productive time of growth, which sadly also saw great tragedies between 1983 and 1989.

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Hong Kong (SE): Brother Edward Kowala, from the Salesians of Don Bosco, died on February 10 at Canossa Hospital. He was 90-years-old.

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HONG KONG (SE): A former missionary to Hong Kong, Maryknoll Sister Mary Edna Brophy, died on 13 January 2017 at the Maryknoll Sisters Centre in New York, the United States of America (US). She was 90-years-old and a Maryknoll sister for 60 years.

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HONG KONG (SE): With deep sorrow the Precious Blood Sisters announce the death of Sister Philomena Lui, who passed away peacefully on 25 December 2016 at the age of 84, after 64 years of religious life.

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Prelate of Opus Dei mourned

ROME (SE): Bishop Javier Echevarria, the prelate of Opus Dei, died at the age of 84 on December 12 in Rome. He was the second successor of the founding father of Opus Dei, Father Josemaria Escriva, who was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1992 and canonised in 2002.

The auxiliary vicar of the prelature, Monsignor Fernando Ocariz, administered the sacrament of the sick a few hours before his death.

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Hong Kong (SE): Sister Elisabeth Marie Lee of the Sisters of St. Paul de Chartres died at the age of 84 at St. Paul’s Hospital on 17 December 2016, after 64 years of religious life.  

At the age of 17, she left Fuzhou, China, during the upheaval of 1949 and entered the congregation in Hong Kong. 

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Bishop of Taizhou mourned

TAIZHOU (AsiaNews): Bishop Anthony Xu Jiwei, from the diocese of Taizhou in Zhejiang province, died on September 25 due to illness at the age of 81. 

He was ordained a bishop with permission from the Vatican in 2010 and was also recognised by the Chinese government.

A Mass was scheduled for the late bishop on the evening of September 29 and his funeral service was arranged for the early morning of the following day.

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HONG KONG (SE): Columban Sister Barbara O’Sullivan died peacefully at the nursing home of the society at Magheramore in Wicklow, Ireland, on September 19.

A veteran of Hong Kong for 51 years, she began work as a nurse on the staff of the Ruttonjee Sanatorium in Wan Chai the day after she got off the boat, an experience that left her with an in-depth understanding of the desperate health situation in the colony at the time.

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Fanfare for the common man

A veteran of many years in Hong Kong, Maryknoll Father Ron Saucci died at the society’s home in New York, the United States of America (US), on September 2.

He had been told more than nine years ago that he had only months to live, but as the hymn says, “Lord, I keep so busy workin’ for the kingdom... Ain’t got time to die.”

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Death notice - Father Thomas McIntyre SJ

 

Father Thomas McIntyre SJ died peacefully on August 4 at Ricci Hall, Hong Kong, at 2:30pm.

Born in Knocksaxon, Balla, County Mayo, Ireland, on 6 February 1926, Father McIntyre entered the Society Jesus at Emo Park, Portlaoise, Laoise, on 7 September 1948

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