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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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Church pushes for moral and civic education not national and moral

 HONG KONG (SE): A consultation paper on the introduction of a course on National and Moral Education in all schools in Hong Kong, put out by the Education Bureau of the territory government on May 13 this year, has drawn criticism from the Catholic Education Board in a response lodged on the last day of the consultation period, August 31.
The Church response, drafted by a panel and compiled by the Catholic Education Office, points out that the current paper retreats from the position taken in a 2002 document on Fundamental Education Curriculum, which says that the school should not im

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Inflation hits low income families hardest

HONG KONG (UCAN): With Hong Kong experiencing its steepest inflation curve since 1995, both civil and Church groups are calling for measures to relieve the burden on poor families, especially with the crippling cost of food.

Government statistics released on August 22 show that overall consumer prices rose 7.9 per cent year on year in July.

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Finding faith in the service of the oppressed

HONG KONG (UCAN): Ho Hei-wah followed a long and winding road from his wealthy upbringing to being one of Hong Kong’s most dedicated social advocates and ultimately fund his way to the baptismal font last Easter.

Ho said, “It is not the end, but the beginning of a new life, in which I can not only work for people, but also spread the gospel among them and help more people to know God.”

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Give Them a Ray of Hope

Appeal from Bishop Tong for Caritas-Hong Kong’s annual fund-raising drive

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

 

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