ASIA/HONG KONG - The Hong Kong Catholic Marriage Advisory Council: Spiritual accompaniment on a common path

Friday, 12 August 2022 family   marriage  

Hong Kong (Agenzia Fides) - Spiritual accompaniment on a common path: this is the mission accomplished in 55 years by the Hong Kong Catholic Marriage Advisory Council, a Catholic voluntary organization founded in 1965 by the Jesuit Fr. Edward Collins, S.J. (1915-2003), who was also its first president. Today, one of his confreres, the Bishop of Hong Kong, Msgr. Stephen Chow Sau Yan, S.J. has taken the helm and chairs the organization that works to promote and protect the sacrament of marriage among Christian couples.
As reported by the Hong Kong Diocese's weekly newsletter, Kung Kao Po, during the 55th anniversary service, Bishop Chow emphasized "that the primary purpose of the church is to be a field hospital, not a classroom or an inquisition." The bishop called on the organization's members to "protect marriage between a woman and a man as a commitment for life." "In addition, the wounds of couples and others involved must be healed in order to promote a happy married life," said the bishop sermons". In short, he concluded, one must "infect others with love". "A person must feel loved and respected by others, regardless of their marital or family situation".
During the Eucharistic celebration, the participants recited the prayer of the World Congress of Families together. Finally, Bishop Chow presented the certificates of appointment to the volunteers serving in the diocesan natural family protection and premarital education groups.
According to the director-general of the Hong Kong Catholic Marriage Advisory Council, Ms. Chiu Chui Yuen Fun, the pandemic in particular has also created tensions in marital relations. "Following the guidance given by Pope Francis on the art of accompaniment in the document Amoris Laetitia, we plan to work with parishes to form the Christian family, to support families and couples through understanding, accompaniment and concrete help". (NZ) (Agenzia Fides, 12/8/2022)