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Showing joy in the consecrated life

HONG KONG (SE): Over 300 people took part in a Eucharistic procession, organised by the Diocesan Vocation Commission, along the Shing Mun River in Shatin, to pray for vocations to the religious and consecrated life on May 4.
 
The programme under the theme, Rejoice in Consecrated Life, inspired by the 2018 apostolic exhortation of Pope Francis, Rejoice and Be Glad, began with a number of cultural performances by priests and nuns at St. Benedict’s Church, Shatin. 
 

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Journeying with young people

This Sunday is the World Day of Prayer for Vocations with the theme, The courage to take a risk for God’s promise. In his message for the occasion, Pope Francis points out that the Lord’s call is the loving initiative whereby God encounters us. Young people encounter Christ through formation activities and service. This is one of the major focuses of youth ministry.
 








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A walk to support vocations

HONG KONG (SE): The Diocesan Commission for Vocations organised a walk to promote vocations on December 26, in which around 500 participants taking different routes, walked to Holy Spirit Seminary in Aberdeen.
 
Different parishes, schools and religious institutes joined the event. Led by Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing, around 200 people started their journey from Aberdeen Technical School reciting rosary. Other groups were required to take a route no less than an hour from the seminary. 
 

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Seminarians walk to promote vocations

HONG KONG (SE): The Holy Spirit Seminary held a walk for vocations from Yuen Long to Aberdeen from August 28 to 31, to mark the beginning of the new semester.
 
The rector of the Seminary, Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing, together with the seminarians, walked to Ss. Peter and Paul parish, Yuen Long; Holy Redeemer parish, Tuen Mun; Ss Cosmas and Damian parish, Tsuen Wan; and the Cathedral of Immaculate Heart Conception parish, Caine Road. 
 

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Importing foreign priests is not the answer to the vocations crisis

Robert Mickens, 
Letter from Rome
 
In April, Pope Francis ordained 11 new priests for the Diocese of Rome at a Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica to celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Easter—Good Shepherd Sunday, also the 55th annual World Day of Prayer for Vocations. The pope also ordained five other men for two different religious orders.
 








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The late dawn of a restless dream

A faith born in the shadows cast by a single candle in a tightly curtained room of a small farming village in a China emerging from the repression of the Cultural Revolution in the early 1980s, blossomed on February 4 in the chapel of the Columban Seminary in Manila, as Peter knelt before Bishop Honesto Ongtioco to be ordained a deacon, becoming a minister of the word of God that he had imbibed in the clandestine darkness of his home so many years before.
 

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Vocation Month in Hong Kong

HONG KONG (SE): The Diocesan Vocations Commission is set to launch a series of programmes this year to mark its 40th anniversary.
 
Sister Margarita Chan Mei-yung, the executive secretary of the commission, told the Kung Kao Po on March 24 that the commission has recently explored different ways of strengthening its promotion of a culture of vocation.
 

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Walking for vocations

HONG KONG (SE): Over 1,000 people joined the annual walk for the promotion of vocation to the religious life sponsored by the Serra Club Hong Kong and the Diocesan Vocation Commission on December 26.

The bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon, encouraged those who walked to respond generously to the call to vocation and actively carry out their mission of witnessing to and spreading God’s word.

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Vocation comes from solid spiritual formation

HONG KONG (SE): The Diocesan Vocation Committee organised a seminar on promoting vocations at St. Andrew’s parish, Tseung Kwan O, on April 2, where young people, teachers and religious were invited to share their views on how to build up a culture of vocation.

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