About 170 Chinese Catholics from 27 cities around the globe gathered in Hong Kong to discuss their lay ministries and establish a world network during a six-day assembly from October 26 to November 1. The Hong Kong diocese has organized this Lay Ministries Plenary Assembly to conclude its Years of the Laity (2011 and 2012).
Fr. Dominic Chan Chi-ming, vicar-general of Hong Kong
Father Dominic Chan Chi-ming, vicar-general of Hong Kong, said recently that there were at least three outcomes that they expect to achieve: to enhance understanding of lay ministries, to deepen friendships between Chinese Catholics around the world and to contribute to the evangelization work of the Church.
“In the past three decades, development of local lay ministries has put emphasis on liturgy. In fact, our Catholics also make witnesses in society. We have 13 years of service in prison visits and seven years in pastoral care in hospitals and for the bereaved,” he said. Eleven diocesan committees and organizations as well as 20 out of 51 parishes are involved in staging the assembly.