HK Celebrates PDDM's 100th Foundation Anniv
The celebration of the Centennial Anniversary of our PDDM Congregation was anticipated in the Diocese of Hong Kong on 15 January 2024, given that the Chinese New Year this year falls exactly on 10th of February. The Eucharistic Celebration was held in the Parish of Our Lady of the Annunciation in Tsuen Wan, presided by the Bishop of Hong Kong - Cardinal Stephen Chow S.J. The priest concelebrants included, among others, Fr. Giorgio Pasini P.I.M.E., Parish Priest of Annunciation Church, and representatives of the Society of St. Paul from Macau and the Philippines. Sr. M. Magdalene Magallanes, our Provincial Superior from the Philippines, also graced the occasion with her presence.
In his homily during the celebration, Cardinal Chow said that the main challenge for us PDDM sisters as we serve the Lord, imitating Martha and Mary (cf Lk 10:38-42), is “how to discern the one thing necessary, that is, how to unify contemplative life and apostolic life, prayer and work, work which involves creativity.” Indeed, he reiterated how important is creativity for our Congregation, not just work. He applied this challenge to the work of inculturation of liturgical art forms especially in Hong Kong which is an international city. In this regard, he appreciated the work of our Italian PDDM artist, Sr. M. Michelangela Ballan, who has been a part of the team that designed the recently dedicated Church of St. Joseph in Fanling. The design of the church is one example of expressing ‘the simple beauty of God in our world today.’ He said, “Our God is simply beautiful.” How to communicate this beauty as a ‘form of protest to the excesses of this world is a great challenge.’
Knowing that we PDDM sisters are also part of the big Pauline Family, the Cardinal mentioned as well the greater challenge of digital evangelization which was one of the priorities mentioned in the last Synod of Bishops.
After the liturgical celebration, the sisters invited the gathered assembly to continue the feasting through a simple banquet at Club One in the premises of Discovery Park in Tsuen Wan.