St. Paul’s Hospital - 120th Anniversary Celebration and Grand Opening of the Hospital’s Main Block

21 April 2018

Let us rejoice for the marvellous work of God through the mission of our Sisters in St. Paul’s Hospital, Hong Kong!
A tiny grain was sown 120 years ago in a remote corner of Wan Chai looking after abandoned babies and caring for the poor. This work was gradually transferred to Causeway Bay and as time went on, has adapted to meet the various needs of the people. A hospital emerged since it needed more space and staff to care for the sick. Today, this hospital has grown to 24 - storey high, equipped with all modern facilities necessary for caring and treating patients from every walk of life, every race and cultural backgrounds, in their physical, even spiritual needs.
The Centenary Celebration of St. Paul’s Hospital (formerly known as French Hospital), Causeway Bay was a Red - Letter Day for the History of our mission in Hong Kong. On 21st of April 2018, two Cardinals, several Bishops, with Bishop Michael Yeung as the Chief Celebrant, and many priests from different parishes, concelebrated the Solemn Thanksgiving Mass at Christ the King Chapel with full participation of Sisters, doctors, nurses and all past and present friends. The beautiful iturgy and the resounding, angelic voice of the choir raised our hearts in praising God who was present in our midst.2018 hongkong hospital
On Monday, 23rd April, we had the Grand Opening of the new Main Block of St. Paul’s Hospital. Sr. Joanna Cheung, the provincial of Hong Kong gave an Opening Speech, other speeches followed: one by Professor the Hon. Sophia Chan – Secretary for Food and Health from the Government of Hong Kong. She was followed by a speech by Dr. William Ho, JP – Medical Superintendent of St. Paul’s Hospital, who explained the needs of patients, and the wonderful services provided and done by the Sisters, Doctors and staff of the hospital. Opening Ceremony of the Main Block, Prayer and Blessing were officiated by the Most Rev. Michael Yeung, Bishop of Hong Kong. After the Presentation of the Apostolic Blessing from Pope Francis, a Vote of Thanks was delivered by Sr. Nancy Margaret Cheung, the Managing Director of St. Paul’s Hospital. Group photos, hospital tour and tea reception rounded up the whole celebration.2018 hongkong hospital
In the evening, a great banquet was held in the Hong Kong Convention Exhibition Centre. It was well displayed with the past history of all those who had dedicated their services in this hospital. There was a wonderful Paulinian spirit and sense of unity in all performances presented by doctors, nurses, and staff of various departments of the St. Paul’s hospital, plus those performed by students from our 3 Schools, as well as from St. Paul’s Day Nursery.
The whole celebration was unforgettable and well conducted. Everyone felt at home and with a happy heart thanking God!

Sr. Miriam da Luz

 


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