Appointment of three Auxiliary Bishops of Hong Kong

Pope Francis nominated Father Michael Yeung Ming-cheung, Father Stephen Lee Bun Sang and Father Joseph Ha Chi-shing who will assist Cardinal John Tong Hon in the running of the diocese.

July 14 2014, 3:03 PM
Appointment of three Auxiliary Bishops of Hong Kong
From left, Hong Kong's new auxiliary bishops: Fr Joseph Ha, Fr Michael Yeung and Fr Stephen Lee.

Father Michael Yeung Ming-cheung, Vicar General of the Diocese of Hong Kong and Member of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, is assigned the titular see of Mount Numidia; Father Stephen Lee Bun Sang, Vicar of Opus Dei for East Asia, is assigned the titular see of Nove; and Father Joseph Ha Chi-shing, former O.F.M. regional Superior in Hong Kong, is assigned the titular see of Simittu.

Father Yeung Ming-cheung was born in Shanghai on December 1, 1946. After secondary school, he worked in an imports and exports company. In 1972, he entered the major Seminary and was ordained a priest on June 10, 1978. He did Masters in social communications at the Syracus University in U.S.A. (1980-82) and Master of Philosophy in Education at Harvard University in USA (1989-90).

He has served the parishes of Ha Kwai Chung district (1978-1980), Our Lady of Lourdes and Chaplain of the Yu C.K. Memorial College (1986-1989). He was the Director of Communications of the Diocese from 1982 to 1986, the director of the diocesan office for education and schools from 1990-2003 and the director of Caritas Hong Kong from 2003-2013. From 2009 to 2013, he has been Vicar General of the Hong Kong diocese. Since 2003, he has been a Member of the Pontifical Council ‘Cor Unum’.

Father Lee Bun Sang was born on November 10, 1956 in Hong Kong. He attended University in England, first at the Oxford Polytechnic (1976-1977) and then at the School of Architecture in London, and obtained a degree in architecture in 1981. During his university years, he experienced the spirituality of Opus Dei. After his studies he worked as an assistant at the John Harris Architects studio in London and later in Hong Kong. Soon he left work. He entered the Seminary for philosophical and theological studies in Hong Kong and in Rome at the Collegio Romano della Santa Croce. He was ordained a priest on August 20, 1988 and incardinated in the Personal Prelature of the Holy Cross and of Opus Dei. In 1990, he obtained a doctorate in canon law at the University of Navarra in Spain.

After a brief pastoral experience in the Philippines, he returned to Hong Kong, where he served as Director of Tak Sun School in Tsim Sha Tsui (1990-1991) and Defender of the Bond at the Diocesan Tribunal of Hong Kong (1991). Since 2009, he collaborates with the Mission of Study and has been Vicar of Opus Dei for East Asia, since 2011.

Father Ha Chi-shing was born in Hong Kong on March 4, 1959. After his High School, he entered the novitiate of the Franciscan Friars, where he professed his solemn Vows in 1988. He took courses in Philosophy and Theology at the Seminary of Hong Kong and was ordained priest on September 9, 1990. From 1990 to 1993, he was in Rome to study spiritual Theology and Franciscan Culture at the Antonianum. From 1993 to 1997, he continued his studies of Pedagogy of religion at Loyola University of Chicago, in the United States.

He has served in the parishes of St. Francis in Hong Kong (1997-2004), St. Bonaventure in Kowloon (2004-2007) and Our Lady of the Angels in Kowloon (2007-2013). He was Professor of Spiritual Theology at the Seminary of Hong Kong (1999-2007) consulter of the Commission for the Church in China and a member of the Council of Priests of the Diocese of Hong Kong (2008-2010) and Regional Superior O.F.M. of Hong Kong and Promoter of vocations and responsible for the postulants and novices (2010-2013). Since 2013, he has been the Parish Vicar of the Church of St. Bonaventure in Hong Kong.

Source: Agenzia Fides