Thursday, September 01, 2016

Fr. Rossa celebrates 45 years of Priesthood

On 15 August this year, on the Solemnity of the Assumption of our Blessed Mother,  Fr. Alberto Rossa completed 45 years of his priesthood. He was ordained a priest in Argentina and spent his initial years of priesthood involving in the Youth Ministry. Then he was sent to the Philippines where he spent over 27 years, during which he was instrumental in establishing and developing the Claretian Publications and Pastoral Bible Foundation. 

In 2006 he reached Macau, to open the new mission frontier in this part of East Asia. Together with him came the Claretian Publications, Macau and the Pastoral Bible Foundation to this part of the world. For the past several years, he has been serving as member of the General Council of the Catholic Foundation for Higher Education in the Diocese  of Macau, overseeing the construction of the new campus for the St. Joseph's University of Macau in particular.  In November 2015, when the Claretians established their first Community in Hong Kong, he moved to Hong Kong and took on himself the additional responsibility of a pastor in Epiphany Parish, Mui Wo. 

The Claretian Community together with the Parish Community of Epiphany Church and friends and well-wishers thank God for His great gift in the person of Fr. Rossa and we wish and pray for his good health, lots of cheers and many more years of service to the Church in China! 

Monday, August 01, 2016

Welcome to the China Bulletin - August 2016

Foundation Day of the Claretians 

Founding Fathers of the Congregation 
The Congregaition of the Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, popularly known as Claretian Missionaries, was founded on 16 July 1849 by a group of six diocesan priests from Spain under the leadership of Fr. Antony Mary Claret, with an obejective to be itinerant Preachers of the Wordof God and they called themselves to be the "Servants of the Word". 
The Claretian Community of Macau and Hong Kong 
New Chapel in the Claretian House in Macau 
Over the years, the Congregation grew in numbers and spread through Spain and Europe and to Latin America and then to the rest of the world. The Founding Father, Fr. Antony Claret went on to become a bishop of Cuba. He died in the year 1870. 80 years later, in 1950 Pope Pius XII canonised him as a Saint. 
Fr. Jojo Ancheril presiding over the Eucharistic Celebration
on the Foundation Day 
The missionaries spread across the glob and 167 years after their foundation, over 3000 missionaries work in 65 countries in the  world, including China - Taiwan, Macau & Hong Kong. In his Foundaiton Day message to the Congregation, Fr. Mathew Vattamattom, the Superior General had these words of encouragement and support: The first thing we learn from contemplating the foundation scene is the readiness of the founding fathers to listen to the Spirit of God rather than to their fears and pains. We find the path to tread in troubled times by discerning what God asks of us in each concrete situation.

Happy Foundation Day! We are only 167 years old! 
For the Claretians in Macau and Hong Kong, the year 2016 is of significance as it marks the 10 years of the Missionary presence in this region. Fr. Alberto Rossa was the pioneering missionary who came to Macau in January 2006. On 15 July this year we celebrated our Foundation Day with the blessing and dedication of the renoveated chapel in our residence in Macau. Fr. Rossa blessed the Chapel and Altar in the presence of all the members of Macau and Hong Kong communities. Fr. Jojo Ancheril, Consultor of the East Asia Delegation, presided over the consecrated Eucharistic Clebrations. 

Hong Kong International Book Fair

Claretian Publications has participated in the Book Fair for the second consecutive year, thanks to the generous support of a group of collaborators in our mission. 

Recent Apostolic Exhortations and Encyclicals by Pope Francis were the most sought-after titles in our stall. Also, a book on assistance to leper colonies in China written by one of our partners, describing the experiences of a group of friends who were accompanying the leprosy affected for a period of over five years, was one of the popular books in the stall this year. 

Hong Kongers take the book fair seriously! With in the Fair you can hardly walk free - it is a sea of ​​people, especially in the children's section. Kids' education is of paramount importance for the parents. 
A Scene from the stalls 
Partners in our mission
A place for the spiritual accompaniment
If not for the hard work and generous contributions from our collaborators, participation in a book fair of its magnitude would not have been possible for the Claretian Publications with the limitted resources and personnel in Hong Kong and Macau.  almost everything is in Chinese. 

It is not just books, but even magic sells! Fr. Jojo amuses the children with  his magic tricks... 

Claretian collaborators with Bishop Stephen Lee  (new bishop of Macao)