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Jean Vanier humanitarian, philosopher and theologian dead at 90

TORONTO (CNS): Jean Vanier, the author of some 30 books, a member of the Order of Canada, winner of the Templeton Prize, member of France’s Legion of Honour and the founder of the L’Arche communities and co-founder of Faith and Light, died in Paris, France, on May 7.
He had been suffering from cancer and was assisted at a L’Arche facility. He was 90-years-old.
 

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Maryknoll centenarian goes home to the Father

HONG KONG (SE): Maryknoll Sister Paulita Hoffmann, died on March 14 at Maryknoll, New York, the United States, she was 104-years-old and had been in the consecreated life for 85 years.
 
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on 13 August 2014,  she was a swimming instructor, a Red Cross volunteer and an office worker before entering the Maryknoll Congregation at the Maryknoll Motherhouse in Ossining, NY on 4 June 1933.
 

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De La Salle Brothers bid farewell to a cheerful confrère

HONG KONG (SE): The De La Salle Brothers announced that Brother Alphonsus Breen of the St. Joseph’s College Community in Hong Kong, died on January 5 at Ruttonjee Hospital. He experienced old age with good cheer and graceful, enduring the gradual wearing down of his body with no complaints. He was 88 years old. 
 

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Final rest for faithful servant

HONG KONG (SE): Sister Marie Isabelle Tchang, of the Sisters of St. Paul de Chartres, passed away peacefully at St. Paul’s Hospital on 26 December 2018 after a long illness. She was 98-years-old and had been a religious for 67 years.  
 
Born on 1 July 1920 in Kunming, China Sister Tchang entered the Hong Kong Novitiate on 20 July 1948.  After her First Profession, she studied and obtained a Teacher’s Certificate from the newly opened Grantham Teachers’ Training College, now a part of Education University of Hong Kong. 

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Beloved Jesuit mourned

HONG KONG (SE): Father Alfred Deignan of the Society of Jesus died in the early hours of December 11 at St. Paul’s Hospital, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. He was 91-years-old.
 
Father Deignan was born in Mullagh, County Cavan, Ireland, on 25 March 1927.  He entered the society at Emo Park, Portlaoise, Laoise, on 7 September 1945 and was ordained to the priesthood on 31 July 1959 in Dublin. He professed his final vows on 5 November 1977 at Ricci Hall, where he was warden from 1970 to 1978.  
 

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Final rest for Maryknoll sister

 HONG KONG (SE): Sister Mary Doretta Leonard died on November 27 at the Maryknoll Sisters Centre in Maryknoll, New York, the United States of Americ. She was 93-years-old and had been a Maryknoll Sister for 73 years.

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Final farewell to Maryknoll sister

HONG KONG (SE): Maryknoll Sister Barbara Ann Walenty died on October 24 at the Maryknoll Sisters Centre in Maryknoll, New York, the United States of America. She was 90-years-old and had been a sister for 61 years.
 
Born in Detroit, Michigan on 26 May 1928, with four brothers and two sisters, Sister Walenty attended Providence Hospital School of Nursing in Detroit, Michigan, becoming a registered nurse. She then worked at the Detroit Memorial Hospital for two years and at Highland Park Hospital for three years.
 

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Canossian sister returns to the Lord

HONG KONG (SE): Sister Susanna Yeung of Canossian Daughter of Charity, passed away peacefully on the afternoon of October 25, at the age of 71, at the Jesuit retreat venue, Xavier House, in Cheung Chau, just a few days after starting her month of Spiritual Exercises.
 
Born in Hainan, China, on 11 October 1947, Sister Yeung joined the Canossian religious family in Hong Kong in 1967 and made her first profession on 14 September 1970. 
 

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Dedicated pastor goes to eternal reward

HONG KONG (SE): Father Gabriel Lajeune of the Society of Foreign Missions of Paris (MEP) passed away at St. Mary’s Home in Aberdeen on November 2 at the age of 92. He will be remembered as a pastor fully dedicated to his flock. 
 
In order to help people get to know each other, and pray and cooperate, he reorganised the parishes where he served to stimulate the apostolic spirit. He was the superior of the MEP in Hong Kong from 1980 to 1993. He welcomed seminarians and young priests in his parishes, so that they in turn, could become pastors.

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