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DOM STEPHEN LEE, BISHOP OF MACAU, ATTENDS A BANQUET HOSTED BY THE CIVIL SERVANTS ASSOCIATION

Stephen Lee, Bishop of Macau, attends a banquet hosted by the Civil Servants’ Association (Associação dos Trabalhadores da Função Pública de Macau) on the 2nd of December to celebrate the 19th anniversary of the establishment of the Macao SAR and the Christmas season. Bishop Lee also took the opportunity to thank the guests and wish them a meaningful Advent and a fruitful Christmas. (Photo: ATFPM)

USJ’S FACULTY OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES CELEBRATED ITS EARLY FACULTY DAY

On December 4th, Tuesday, USJ’s Faculty of Religious Studies celebrated its early Faculty Day at USJ’s Seminary Campus, which began with an inaugural lecture by the new Dean of the faculty, Rev. Dr. Stephen Morgan with the theme “The Word was made Flesh.” Bishop Stephen Lee, USJ’s Chancellor, celebrated the Holy Mass for the feast of St John Danascene with the whole faculty and USJ Senior Management, including the Rector, Professor Father Peter Stilwell, Vice-Rector Professor Álvaro Barbosa, Acting Vice-Rector Professor Rochelle Ge, and the Dean of the School of Business, Professor Jenny Lao-Phillips.

BIBLICAL BABEL – For real evangelization we need dialect Bibles

– Marco Carvalho 

It is considered the Chinese version of the Bible par excellence, but the translation of the Holy Scriptures made by the Studium Biblicum Franciscanum would benefit from a fresh approach to the Chinese reality. The text, published in Hong Kong fifty years ago, is mainly a good study instrument for all of those that want to deepen their knowledge of the word of God, but its role as an efficient mechanism towards evangelization needs bolstering. Father Cyril Law – who maintains that the Church should make an effort to translate the Bible into the different dialects of the Chinese language – explains why.

MUSIC AS AN EVANGELIZING SOURCE, PLACE OF WORSHIP AND PRAYER – Hymns of praise

PHOTO CAPTION: In Macau, the Social Communication Centre of the Diocese (Centro Diocesano dos Meios de Comunicação Social) held its first Catholic Cantonese Sacred Song Composition Contest this year. The awarding ceremony was held last Saturday 24 November. There were 18 songs composed by different people with different religious backgrounds.

– Miguel Augusto

Music occupies a privileged place in our day to day life, transporting us often in time; connecting us to moments that awaken nostalgic and striking memories in our lives. Music is a real stage of emotions – joy, sadness, peace… In the spiritual field, music can elevate us, transform our prayer, and extend our love for God. When we praise God by singing and by music, we always praise with emotion, and as St Augustine said: “He who sings, pray twice.”

CANTATA MACAU 2018

The third edition of  the International Choir Festival of Macau (MIC) known as Cantata Macau 2018 is at hand.  This year the event will be held from December 6 to 9. In the past the Festival has been able to capture the imagination of many reputed choirs of the international circuits. On the third year the Festival gathers over 400 vocalists of 14 choirs from 8 different countries. This is the largest of the Festival so far.

The Festival is envisaged to recapture the spiritual patrimony of Macau and to highlight Macau as a destination for spiritual journeys and an experience of harmony during the festival days.

All are cordially invited to this unique  experience of cultural and spiritual confluence.

USJ & MACAU INSTITUTE OF CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION OF CULTURAL RELICS

Course in conservation of iron gall ink objects organized

Co-organised by the University of Saint Joseph and the Macau Institute of Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Relics, a “Course in Conservation of Iron Gall Ink Objects” will be held from December 8th to 18th, 2018, at the USJ Library. It will be facilitated by renowned German paper and book conservator, Ms Barbara Hassel, and it will focus on the history, techniques, aging features and evaluation of iron gall ink, as well as on its conservation on experimental samples and practicum.

THEOLOGY 101 – Cathedral Faith Formation Program in English

Last February this year, the Macau Cathedral parish opened the Adult Faith Formation program for English-speaking church goers. After 10 months, 22 participants will soon be receiving their Program Completion Certificate. This Adult-Level Comprehensive Catholic Course teaches the doctrines of the Faith following the four pillars of the structure of the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

USJ SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAM VISITS LIAISON OFFICE

On the morning of November 23, a delegation led by Fr Peter Stilwell, the Rector of University of Saint Joseph (USJ), paid a visit to Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Macao S.A.R. Mr Xue Xiaofeng, Deputy Director of the Liaison Office, Ms Xu Ting, Mr Hong Bo and Mr Li Yongxian, Director-General, Director and Deputy Director of Department of Education and Youth Affairs respectively, received the USJ senior management team.

FRANCIS NGE NGE E IGNATIUS NGO VAN THU GIANG, DEACONS

– Marco Carvalho

Next stop: Priesthood

They have received diaconate in All Saints Day and are, ever since, a step closer to fulfil their aspiration: to be become priests and serve the people of God. The enthusiasm with which Ignatius Ngo Van Thu Giang and Francis Nge Nge talk about the challenges awaiting them contradict the idea that the Church faces a serious vocational crisis. In Vietnam and in Myanmar, they assure us, Catholicism has been growing in the last few years.

WALK FOR A MILLION 2018 – Charity Fund leaders visit Bishop Lee

– Benedict Keith Ip

On 15 November, 2018, Ho Teng Iat, President of the Charity Fund from the Readers of Macao Daily News visited Bishop of Macau Stephen Lee. The meeting was held at the Bishop’s Office together with Vice-President Lok Po, António José de Freitas and Director Vong Kok Seng.