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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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Champion of indigeneous education dies at 83

MANILA (UCAN): Bishop Ireneo Amantillo, the former bishop of Tandag, Surigao del Sur, Mindanao, the Philipines, died on October 11 at the age of 83. He had been suffering from prostate cancer.
 
The Diocese of Tandag announced that the bishop, who championed the education of tribal children especially in Mindanao, passed away at the Redemptorist House in the central Philippine city of Cebu.
 

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Wah Yan mourns the death of teacher par excellence

HONG KONG (SE): A Jesuit educator par excellence and one of the most endearing figures of the Jesuit, Wah Yan College Kowloon, Father Harold Cosmatos Naylor passed away on October 4. As a dedicated educator, he has inspired generations of students at the Wah Yan College with his innovative teaching methods. 
 

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Early call to eternal rest for Dominican father

HONG KONG (SE): Father Joachim Li Jin-hui of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans) died from drowning in the sea at Anzio-Neptuno, Italy, while attempting to help one friend after having rescued another on June 27. He was scheduled to have taken up the post of assistant provincial for the Dominican Province of Our Lady of the Rosary.
 

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A charismatic servant returns to the Father

Hong Kong (SE): Dominican Father Everett Allen Roman Carter, a friend of many in Hong Kong, died on the afternoon of June 16 in Avila, Spain. 
 
In accordance with tradition, a requiem Mass was celebrated the next day, June 17 at the priory of the Convent of Santo Tomas, after which he was buried with his confrérès in the cemetery at Avila.
 

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