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Meditation movement celebrates fifth anniversary

HONG KONG (SE): Members of the Worldwide Christian Meditation Group (Hong Kong) celebrated the fifth anniversary of its foundation and the 20th year of the movement with an afternoon seminar on contemplation given by Father Laurence Freeman, its current world director, and a dinner at restaurant in Central on December 10.

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La Salle College celebrates the responsibility of heritage

 

HONG KONG (SE): “This is your college. That is why we are here,” Brother Steve Hogan, the principal of La Salle College in Kowloon Tong told 1,650 students gathered together with staff, old boys and supporters of the school at a Mass celebrated by Bishop John Tong Hon at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Central on December 2, to mark the 80th anniversary of the foundation of the prestigious academic institution.

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Diocese acknowledges value of lifetime witness through religious life

HONG KONG (SE) : The diocese celebrated the silver, gold and diamond jubilees of 38 brothers, sisters and priests, as well as two sisters who have reached 70 years in religious life, one 75 and another 80, at a reception and Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on December 8.

Among them was the former bishop of Hong Kong, Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, who was ordained a Salesian priest in 1961.

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Laity formation fund increased

HONG KONG (SE): The diocese of Hong Kong has increased its Annual Fund for the Formation of the Laity from $1 million to $1.2 million as a result of an appeal launched during the Year of the Laity to give greater access to theological studies to Catholic people.

On November 6, the Chinese-language Catholic weekly, the Kung Kao Po, reported that in the 18th annual distribution of the fund, 65 scholarships were assigned.

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New deacon for Hong Kong

HONG KONG (SE): Aloysius Mak Ying-kin is set to be ordained a deacon for the diocese of Hong Kong by Bishop John Tong Hon at St. Jude’s in North Point, at 3.00pm on December 10.

Mak, who was born in Hong Kong in 1980 and baptised soon afterwards at St. Alfred’s parish in Shatin, was brought up in a Catholic home.

However, at the age of two, Mak moved with his family to Tai Po, later becoming an altar boy at the Immaculate Heart of Mary parish.

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Columban associates look back on a decade

HONG KONG (SE): Around 30 members of the Columban Sisters Associates Group gathered at the Caritas Restaurant in Central on November 19 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the foundation of the group.

From humble beginnings one decade ago, the group has grown steadily, both in numbers and in the dedication of its members to living the missionary charism of the Missionary Sisters of St. Columban in their daily lives.

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Maryknoll centennial celebrated with gratitude

HONG KONG (SE): The Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers held a family celebration of the centennial of the founding of the United States of America (US) missionary society at the Happy Valley Racecourse on November 24.

Almost 300 people gathered to raise a glass in appreciation of the great service Maryknoll has given to the people of Hong Kong and the 30 countries around the world where its missionaries are working.

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Smart breviary not just for priests and religious

HONG KONG (UCAN): It is becoming more common these days in Hong Kong to see people in public places reading, watching videos, playing games or texting friends, while at the same time completely oblivious to the bustling world around them.

This phenomenon coupled with a change in reading habits inspired a middle-aged priest to develop a new app to promote daily prayer among the Catholics.

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Canossian sisters bid farewell to two

Hong Kong (SE): The Daughters of Charity of the Canossian Institute bade a final farewell to Sister Margaret Renoldi on November 5, just 120 days after her 100th birthday and in her 80th year of religious life; and Sister Amelia Ip on November 14, just shy of her 81st birthday. They were both at the Villa Bakhita Canossian Convent, Hong Kong. 

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Diocese honours father of modern music in Hong Kong

HONG KONG (SE): A gala recital was held in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on the evening of November 19 as a tribute to Macau-born composer, Doming Lam, on the occasion of his 85th birthday.

A self-taught composer, Lam studied in Canada at the Toronto Conservatory of Music in the early 1950s and later moved into film music and production in California, the United States of America, where he also looked into avant-garde compositional techniques in the 1960s.

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