Macau, the enchanting blend of Chinese and Portuguese cultures, holds a rich history of religious traditions. Among the various devotions cherished by the Catholics of Macau, the veneration of Senhor Bom Jesus dos Passos (Our Lord Bom Jesus dos Passos) stands out as a remarkable testament to the enduring faith and cultural heritage of this vibrant city.
In Macau, non-Chinese Catholics partake in cultural practices of their Chinese brothers and sisters in faith as the Lunar New Year ushers in a jubilant celebration, blending ancient traditions with the spirit of unity and hope. Catholic communities are also engaging in outreach and charity initiatives to support causes that align with the spirit of the Lunar New Year.
In Macau, we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of China on the first day of the Lunar New Year; however, our diocese is unique in observing this feast, as other places around the world celebrate it on the Saturday preceding the second Sunday.
Earlier this month, the Catholic Diocese of Macau played host to a delegation from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Singapore which visited Macau’s Historical Archives. Later, the delegation held a discussion with Bishop D. Stephen Lee that covered Church affairs and an exchange of ideas. The visit also encompassed explorations of significant sites in Macau, emphasizing the cultural and historical ties between the two regions.
The church, also known as the “Cathedral of the Desert”, witnesses hundreds of people attending daily masses celebrated in different rites – Latin, Maronite, Syro Malabar and Syro Malankara – and in different languages: English, Arabic, Tagalog, Malayalam and Konkani.
Traditionally observed every third Sunday of January in the Philippines, the feast of the Santo Niño (Holy Child Jesus) is special for the Filipinos. The devotion is also extended to Macau. It is for this reason that the Sunday masses after Epiphany are devoted to Santo Niño.
In a joyous and sacred ceremony, Adriano Serro Agostinho and Chan Pak Lam Bosco were ordained as deacons for the Catholic Diocese of Macau on December 30, 2023, marking a significant milestone in their journey towards priesthood.
“This year we are especially mindful of those who, in the midst of war, in the midst of illness, in the midst of unemployment, and in the midst of grief over the loss of a loved one, are unable to celebrate Christmas with their loved ones, but must do so nonetheless.”
A visiting professor at the University of Saint Joseph since 2019, Father David Goodill arrived in Macau for the very first time and delivered a public lecture at Saint Dominic’s Church on the concept of hope in the Summa Theologiae of Saint Thomas Aquinas. With a doctorate in moral theology from the Swiss University of Freiburg, the Dominican friar argues that hope is the virtue that makes us persevere on our journey of faith. The Reverend David Goodill in his own words…
The Faculty of Religious Studies and Philosophy of the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) and the Xavier Centre for Memory and Identity will commemorate, next summer, the 100th anniversary of the First Council for China with the organization of a four-day long international conference. The event will debate the relevance and significance of the Shanghai Plenary Council.