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A shepherd who cared about his flock

HONG KONG (SE): Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung was remembered as a caring Church leader who showed concern for the elderly, young people, migrants, as well as the marginalised in society.
 
In his first meeting with the media as the bishop of Hong Kong on 2 August 2017 (Sunday Examiner, 13 August 2017), he announced four pastoral priorities for his term. First, he would support the least, the last and the lost in society and guide them to the right direction in life. 
 

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Mourning Bishop Yeung

Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung passed away on January 3 at the age of 73. The news was met with astonishment and deep grief.
 
Bishop Yeung had worked with Caritas-Hong Kong for many years when he was appointed vicar general in 2009. He was named one of three auxiliary bishops by Pope Francis in 2014, and was consecrated Bishop of Hong Kong in 2017.
 








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A friend of the youth

Bishop Michael Yeung was truly a friend of the youth. It’s easy to assume that a person in his position and with his schedule would be distant and inaccessible. I never got that impression from him. 
 
I remember his warm affection for the youth. He had celebrated the Mass for our annual sports and games day, Holympics, a few times. 
 

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Empowering the younger generation

He always had a peaceful ambiance surrounding him. Once he stepped into the room, there was always an empowering presence. Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung looked up to the young people in Hong Kong and had strong motivation in trusting the inborn fire that the younger generation has for the future. 
 
Bishop Yeung encountered them personally, asking about their studies and dreams. Even with a busy schedule, he dedicated time to accompany the young people in their activities. 

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Not just love, but big love is Caritas

Fr. Michael Yeung Ming-cheung, Director, Caritas Education, reads the nameplate on the door of Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung quarters in the Catholic Diocese Centre. For Father Joseph Yim Tak-lung, who worked with Bishop Yeung at Caritas-Hong Kong, this explains the person of the late bishop. 
 

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I offer my pains to glorify the Lord

I knew Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung for more than 45 years. We spent our seminary days together at the Holy Spirit Seminary. He was very good in Chinese culture, history and literature. I have fond memories of him playing football where he was always the goalkeeper. When he joined the seminary, he was at least 10 years older than us and used to call me “little boy” and would joyfully spent his time with us. 
 

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In remembrance of Bishop Michael Yeung

During Bishop Michael Yeung’s last hours, some clergy and I visited him and prayed for him. Although he wore a breathing mask, he struggled to do the sign of Cross and responded “Amen.” 
 

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