In order to carry on the vision of their founder, Magdalene of Canossa, and to light the fire of the missionary love more than a hundred years ago, Canossian Sisters came to the village of Mong-Há in Macau. In addition to building a dedicated community, they responded to the needs of the society at the time by establishing hospitals, homes for the elderly, libraries, and schools, to care for the poor, sick and abandoned babies, and support numerous families. The Sisters established the presence of the Lord in the community and set up a place for people to get to know the Lord of mercy. Later, the Diocese sent Diocesan priests to develop pastoral work in the same place and gradually forming the parish of St Francis Xavier’s Church. Today, the faithful have inherited the fruits and hard work of their predecessors and the blessings of the Lord and continue to spread the good news of the Kingdom in the community.
In order to help the faithful to trace their roots, look back at the path where the Lord has accompanied the parish for more than 100 years, and reflect together on how to continue to develop the mission of the parish, the Parish of Saint Francis Xavier’s Church is going to hold the “The growth of the Parish of Saint Francis Xavier’s Church” Exhibition from 15th to 29th January at the Centro da Igreja de Mong Ha.
Parish Priest Fr Pedro Chong Chi Kin mentioned that the core value of this exhibition is to realize how the Lord has accompanied us for more than 100 years. He said, “This grace has been extended to us for over a hundred years through the sincere cooperation and service of the Canossian Daughters of Charity Sisters, the priests of the Society of Jesus, parish priests and the faithful of different generations.” He invited the faithful, citizens and visitors from all over Macau to come and celebrate the story of the Lord’s presence in the community of Mong Ha.
The story of the growth of Parish of Saint Francis Xavier’s Church is divided into four parts: 1900-1930 The Origins; 1940-1960 Respond with Love; 1970-1990 Pastoral Revolution; 2000-2020 Gospel Evangelization. The exhibition not only introduces the Sisters who served and lived in this community, the Priests, the faithful, but also teaches how to spread and witness the good news of the Lord’s presence through good works. Visitors also have the opportunity to listen to the oral history of the faithful and how the parish nurtured their faith.
The exhibition commences runs from the 15th to the 29th of January, from Monday to Friday, 12 PM to 8 PM, Saturday to Sunday from 10 AM to 8 PM with free guided tours every Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 PM and 4:30 PM.
For more information on the exhibition please refer to the poster, visit the website www.mhsfx.catholic.org.mo and Facebook page 澳門天主教望廈聖方濟各堂 or call 28528556 during office hours.