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Bishop Tong stresses importance of communion to visiting delegation of sisters from China

HONG KONG (SE): In an address to a delegation of religious sisters from mainland China visiting Hong Kong on September 8, Bishop John Tong Hon spoke of the importance of unity and communion in the universal Church, as well as the consolidation of religious life and a spirit of evangelisation.

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Diocese celebrates 90 year landmark of foundation of the Legion of Mary

HONG KONG (SE): In marking the 90th anniversary of the foundation of the Legion of Mary by Frank Duff in Dublin, Ireland, on 7 September 1921, Bishop John Tong Hon recalled the heroic love and dedication shown by a legionary he witnessed as a young man in Canton, China, during a Mass celebrated at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on September 18.

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Theology in schools can put faith into public discussion

HONG KONG (SE): “How to present theology to young people in the modern world, is a big question facing Catholic education in Hong Kong,” Imelda Lam Pui-hing told the Sunday Examiner as she prepared to depart for the United States of America (US) for post-graduate studies in the philosophical perspective of religious studies.

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Education is lived not done

HONG KONG (SE): The Catholic Education Office of the diocese of Hong Kong has chosen commitment and companionship as its theme in a pastoral letter released on July 15 and circulated around the diocese to mark Education Day, September 25.

Taking Jesus, the Good Shepherd, as a role model, the statement quotes from the Gospel of St. John (10:14), which says, “I am the good shepherd; I know mine and mine know me.”

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Holy Spirit Seminary turns 80

Hong Kong (SE ): Around 100 priests, former seminarians and others who studied at the Holy Spirit Seminary in Aberdeen, Hong Kong, gathered to celebrate the 80th anniversary of its foundation on September 3.

The current bishop of Hong Kong, Bishop John Tong Hon, himself a graduate of the seminary, encouraged those present to stress the idea of vocation in the Christian life, be it in religious life, priesthood, marriage or as a single person living in society.

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Schools mark beginning of celebrations for 85th year

Hong Kong (SE): St. Clare’s Girls’ School (SCGS) and St. Clare’s Primary School (SCPS) marked the start of celebrations for their 85th anniversaries with a thanksgiving Mass, concelebrated by Father Joseph Ha ofm, Father David Lau, Father Terrance Mascarenhas svd, Father Ambrose Mong op and Father Francis Tam, on 5 September 2011 at the Cathedral of The Immaculate Conception on Caine Road.  

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Guess who’s coming to lunch at the Catholic Centre

 

HONG KONG (SE): “Explore the meaning of life,” runs the cryptic invitation from ALPHA, in advertising a new series of lunchtime gatherings to take place on the 19th floor meeting room at the Catholic Centre in the Grand Central Building, Connaught Road, Central, beginning September 22.

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Year of the Laity gets another 12 months

  HONG KONG (SE): Citing the positive experience of the Hong Kong diocese in what has been celebrated as the Year of the Laity, Bishop John Tong Hon announced on September 3 that he is extending the year until the end of December next year.

The bishop said that after what has been the best part of a positive year, he has decided to extend the celebration of the Year of the Laity, “because with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the numbers of conversions in our diocese continue to grow and our faith continues to mature.”

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Bishop asks for prayer for judicial review on education

HONG KONG (SE): A judicial review in the Court of Final Appeal granted in favour of a petition filed by the diocese of Hong Kong against the Education (Amendment) Ordinance 2004, passed in the Legislative Council in July 2004, requiring the introduction of Incorporated Management Bodies in partly-funded government-aided schools will be heard on October 3 and 4.

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Final professions

Hong Kong (SE): It was an occasion of a great joy and blessing for the Sisters of St Paul of Chartres on 28 August 2011 when Sister Anne Dinh, Sister Marie Thai, Sister Florence Yi and Sister Maria Nguyen made their final profession at Christ the King Chapel in Causeway Bay. 
Mass was celebrated by vicar general, Father Pierre Lam Minh MEP, five priests from Hong Kong and Vietnam.

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