MRI Forum 26

"Evolution of the Diocese of Hong Kong from 1949 to 1997"

by Louis Ha


Summary of the Presentation

The Catholic Church in Hong Kong has a dual divide in its history of 165 years. The first is the influx of Catholic refugees from mainland in the 1950s and the second is the conclusion of the Ecumenical Council Vatican II (1962-65). Both in their own way lead to the indigenization of the local Church in its leadership and liturgy as well as to the openness in social and religious matters. The relationship between the Church and society and the theological reflection from specific incidents will be the core of this talk.

Profile of the Speaker

Louis Ha is a Catholic priest of the Hong Kong Diocese. Presently, he is a full-time employee of the Chinese University of Hong Kong working for the historical research projects of the Centre for Catholic Studies. At the same time, he is in charge of the Catholic Diocesan Archives for which he has been working for over 15 years. Recently he is leading two historical research projects, i.e. a study on the Catholic cemeteries in Hong Kong, and the history of the missionary societies in Hong Kong . His doctoral thesis was on the “foundation of the Catholic mission in Hong Kong , 1842-1894”.