ASIA/HONG KONG - The Association for small communities of faith on the synodal path: evangelization, appreciation of the laity, deepening of the faith

Friday, 9 September 2022 local churches  

Hong Kong (Agenzia Fides) - Share evangelization in the diaspora, evaluate the development of Communities of Faith to unite the laity, continue promoting the Association to transmit the faith in parishes and in the various realities of the Church: with these objectives, marking the synodal path that the entire Church is following, the Catholic Development Association for Small Communities of Faith, (SCF) celebrated its anniversary.
According to Kung Kao Po, the weekly bulletin of the Diocese of Hong Kong, the meeting of the Association of lay faithful took place in recent days, with great success. Father Paul Kam Po Wai, Vicar General of the diocese, brought his experience of three years of mission of evangelization in Cambodia. At the age of 50, he accepted the great missionary challenge of going to a very different country, with the prospect of so many difficulties to overcome, starting with the language. Father Paul Kam Po Wai was convinced that the true language is love: he was ready to face any obstacle to share his life with the Cambodian people, on behalf of the diocese of Hong Kong.
According to the director of the Association, "thanks to the knowledge of the work of the missionaries, the laity are better able to face the challenges and, consequently, small communities also benefit from them. With the formation of small Communities, the faith of Christians in the Church is strengthened, the spiritual and evangelizing mission is strengthened, and this helps to live the mission of the Church with greater impetus".
The Catholic Development Association for Small Communities of Faith (SCF) was established in 2013 with the aim of studying the history and methods of development of small communities, identifying the way forward for their development in the diocese of Hong Kong, cultivate leaders for SCF, render professional consultative services for the long-term development of SCFs and build network with local and overseas Chinese-speaking Catholic communities for exchange and cooperation. Since its founding, the SCF has organized 11 sessions to train small community leaders, the last of which began in mid-August. The program aims to deepen the faith, highlight the identity of the laity and encourage the development of small communities of faith in order to sustain faith. (NZ) (Agenzia Fides, 9/9/2022)