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Hong Kong Jesuit for Asian provincial

HONG KONG (SE): Father Stephen Sau-yan Chow SJ has been appointed the next provincial of the Chinese Jesuit Province. He assumed office on January 1, succeeding Father John Lee Hua sj, who has served as the provincial for the last six years.
 
Father Chow comes from Hong Kong and is a seasoned educator. Before entering the Society of Jesus in 1984 in Dublin, Ireland, Father Chow had a bachelor’s degree in philosophical psychology and a master’s in educational psychology from the University of Minnesota in the United States of America.

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A Jesuit thanksgiving for 90-year presence in Hong Kong

HONG KONG (SE): The Society of Jesus celebrated a thanksgiving Mass to mark the 90th anniversary of its establishment in Hong Kong at St. Ignatius Chapel in Wah Yan College, Kowloon, on the feast of St. Francis Xavier, December 3.

The first group of Jesuits arrived in the Pearl of the Orient in 1926. They were quickly joined early in the following year by reinforcements, making a starting group of six priests.

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New leadership for the Jesuits

ROME (SE): Father Arturo Sosa Abascal was elected as the general of the Society of Jesus by a general congregation in Rome on October 14, becoming the 30th successor of the society’s founding leader, St. Ignatius Loyola, in 1534.

Vatican Radio described the new Jesuit general as being serene, although he said that he was surprised by his election. Rather, Father Sosa described himself as grateful and ready to respond with joy, in an interview with the Vatican radio station.

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Pay day for the slave trade

GEORGETOWN (SE): While the Jesuits have been known to be involved in an extremely wide variety of endeavours, in 1838 in the United States of America (US) they had their fingers stuck in one that today they cannot hold their heads up about—the slave trade.

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Jesuit from Burundi ordained in Taipei

TAIPEI (SE): A Jesuit deacon from the tiny African nation of Burundi, Reverend Ladislas Nsengiyumva, was ordained to the priesthood in Holy Family Catholic Church in Taipei, Taiwan, on July 30, by Archbishop John Hung Shan-chuan, the archbishop of Taipei.

Father John Lee Hua SJ, the provincial of the Jesuit Chinese Province, joined in the ordination Mass and recommended him for priesthood.

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