The announcement of the retirement of Bishop Jose Lai on 16 January 2016 on health reasons came as a surprise for the faithful both in Macau and Hong Kong. Bishop José Lai Hung-seng is the first Macau-born and the second Chinese bishop of Macau. On 23 January 2001 he was appointed as Coadjutor and became its Bishop on 30 June 2003.
|Bishop José Lai Hung-seng with Fr. Jojo|
This year, Bishop José Lai Hung-seng is reaching 70 years of age and for health reasons and medical treatments he decided to present his resignation from office of Bishop of Macau to the Holy Father. Pope Francis has accepted his resignation and at the same time has appointed H.E. Bishop Stephen Lee Bun-sang, Auxiliary Bishop of Hong Kong, as the new Bishop of Macau.
|Bishop Stephen Lee Bun-sang taking the office of the Bishop in Macau on 23 January|
Bishop Stephen Lee Bun-sang took possession of the Diocese of Macau on Saturday, 23 January 2016, at 3 p.m. with the Eucharistic celebration at the Cathedral which also marked the 440th Anniversary of establishment of the Diocese of Macau.