The assembly began at 5:10 pm with the Eucharistic celebration presided over by the Vatican representative for China, Rev. Msgr. Ante Jozić. Fr. Joseph Koonampaarampil, a Claretian Missionary, who was giving classes in canon law at the nunciature, also concelebrated. Rev. Msgr. Ante Jozić, Addressing the gathering; Fr. General is also seen
Msgr. Jozić talked in his homily about the mission in China in the perspective of the 400th anniversary of Matteo Ricci’s death, the pioneering Jesuit missionary who arrived in mainland China at the end of the XVI century. He elaborated on the letter of the Holy Father on the occasion of the Matteo Ricci commemoration. Quoting the Holy Father, he said, “Fr Ricci was primarily a missionary, who went to China to bring the Gospel. And in doing so he formed an important dialogue between cultures, between China and the West.” In the Maryknoll ChapelFor missionaries aspiring to go to China even today, the example of Ricci is very relevant. The Vatican representative appreciated the kind of mission the Claretians are involved in in Macau-Hong Kong and China. He expressed surprise that the Claretians are not involved in the China affairs meeting in Rome. He suggested that we should also be part of the China affairs meeting.
On the Second day of the Assembly, Bishop John Tong, Bishop of Hong Kong presided over the Eucharist and shared the status and expectations of the Church in Hong Kong and deliberated on the the role of the Missionaries in the life of the Church in the Region. He expressed his happiness over the presence of the Claretians in His Diocese and welcomed us to be actively participating in the Mission of the building up of the Church in the Region. With Fr. Brian MM (in blue T Shirt)
During the Assembly, a couple of Maryknoll Missionaries like Fr. Brian, Fr. Scott and Fr.Tom Peyton also addressed the gathering, sharing their rich experiences in the Mainland China. With Fr. Peyton MM (Front raw, 3rd from left) and Fr. Scott, MM (Front raw, 3rd from right)Fr. Peyton M.M, who had a long and meaningful experience in Chinese lands, is a close friend and benefactor of the Claretian mission in Macau-Hong Kong. Our two young missionaries, Jose and Ezakias are living in his parish while they study Cantonese in H.K.
The Assembly also provided an opportunity for a gathering of the Claretian Associates in Hong Kong together with the Missionaries on the last day. We had an interactive session with our friends during which Fr. General briefed the gathering about the Universal Claretian Mission and our specific presence in the Church in China. Another Picture of the friends' gathering
He, on behalf of the Missionaries, expressed our sincere appreciation towards all our friends and associates in Hong Kong for the numerous ways of support they render.