Wednesday, July 01, 2015

New Ordinations in Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Catholic Church has been blessed with a couple of ordinations to priesthood and diaconate  in the month of June.

Reverend Carlos Cheung Sum-yui, of the Salesians of Don Bosco, was ordained a priest by John Cardinal Tong Hon, the bishop of Hong Kong, on June 20 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Caine Road.
Cardinal John Tong Hon, anointing the hands of the newly ordained
Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, former Bishop of Hong Kong, Auxiliary Bishop Stephen Li Bun-sang and Auxiliary Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung, together with over 80 priests including many Salesian confrères from the Philippines and Hong Kong concelebrated the ordination Mass, which was attended by the family and a large number of friends of the newly-ordained.
Fr. Carlos Cheung gifting his mother the towel with which Anointing Oil was wiped 
Presenting the towel with which his anointed hands were covered to his mother, the new priest said this was his gift to her who would continue to support him through her prayers. Thanking the congregation for their prayers and love Father Cheung said that his vocation is to become another Don Bosco.  
Fr. Carlos Cheung and the concelebrants after the First Mass in St. Benedict Church 
On June 21, the new priest celebrated his first Mass at a packed St. Benedict Church, Shatin, where he served as a deacon for over a year. Concelebrating were Cardinal Zen and 16 priests.

At the beginning of the Mass, Father Cheung quoted the mother of St. Don Bosco, Venerable Margherita Occhiena, who famously said, “You are now a priest; you will be saying Mass; so from henceforth you will be closer to Jesus. Remember that to begin to celebrate Mass means also to begin to suffer… little by little you will see that what your mother has told you is the truth.”

He requested the congregation’s continued prayers for him in his mission among the youth and in his ministry as a priest.

In his homily, Cardinal Zen told Father Cheung that he wished to share his episcopal motto with him: Ipsi cura est—“Cast all your anxieties on him, for he cares about you” (1 Peter 5:7). The gospel of the day was had the same theme too: Jesus calming the turbulent sea!

Reverend Cheung was born in Macau in 1983 to a family which originally came from Hainan. He attended schools run by the La Salle Brothers in Hong Kong and was baptised at St. Margaret’s Church, Happy Valley, during his third year in primary school. He served as an altar boy and was also member of various youth associations as well as of Focolare Movement.

Four Permanent Deacons for the Diocese of Hong Kong 
Newly Ordained Permanent Deacons: Deacon Alex Kwok Chi-keung, Deacon Peter Wong King-sing, Deacon Anthony Sin Yiu-fat, and Deacon Charles Chu Nien-tsu
Four new permanent deacons were ordained for the diocese of Hong Kong on June 13, 3.00pm at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Caine Road  by John Cardinal Tong Hon, the bishop of Hong Kong.

Deacon Charles Chu Nien-tsu graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1977 with a degree in electronics and now he is a retired engineer. 

After joining the Legion of Mary and the Catholic Lay Prison Evangelical Organisation he presented himself as a candidate for the permanent diaconate. He is a pastoral worker at the Caritas Medical Centre, Cheung Sha Wan. 

Deacon Alex Kwok Chi-keung obtained a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree from Hong Kong University in 1976 and taught Ethics and Religious Studies at La Salle College and Shung Tak Catholic English College for 39 years.He and his wife Erminia Ho are blessed with three sons and a daughter. 

Deacon Anthony Sin Yiu-fat is the director of news and research section of a local Chinese news agency. He has worked as a financial reporter in various newspapers and with radio stations as well as in securities and financial firms. He obtained a Bachelor of Religious Sciences degree from the Holy Spirit Seminary College of Theology and Philosophy in 2006. 

Deacon Peter Wong King-sing served as the chairperson of the parish council of Mother of Good Counsel parish, San Po Kong, as well as St. Vincent’s parish, Hang Hau. 

In 2011 he obtained his degree in Bachelor of Theology. He did his pastoral training at St. Joseph’s parish, Fanling, and Ss. Cosmas and Damian parish, Tsuen Wan.

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