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COMPASS ROSE SOCIETY SOCIETY FORMS NEW CHAPTER IN HONG KONG

25-Jan-2018

SOCIETY FORMS NEW CHAPTER IN HONG KONG

by Alice Wu

“What a great way for this Province [HKSKH] to begin its 20th-anniversary celebrations by striving for justice and peace among all people, and respecting the dignity of every human being.”

-- The Revd Canon John L. Peterson (14 January 2018 sermon at HKSKH St. John’s Cathedral choral evensong, commemorating the inauguration of the Hong Kong Chapter of Compass Rose Society.)

 “Bless all of you in Hong Kong as you so generously support the global ministry of the Anglican Communion through the outreach of the ministry of the Compass Rose Society. You are in my prayers today as you celebrate the great work you are doing.”

-- The Most Revd Dr Josiah Idowu-Fearon, Secretary General of the Anglican Communion

“As President of the Compass Rose Society, I am happy that Hong Kong has made this decision and certainly this decision received unanimous support when the Compass Rose Society Board met in London last November... I know the entire Board of the Compass Rose Society joins me in thanksgiving for your ministry in the Hong Kong Chapter of the Compass Rose Society.”

-- The Right Reverend C. Andrew Doyle, President, The Compass Rose Society

On the second Sunday of Epiphany (14 January 2018), the Most Reverend Dr. Paul Kwong, Primate of Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui (HKSKH), Chairman of the Anglican Consultative Council, and member of the Compass Rose Society, installed the Hong Kong Chapter of the Compass Rose Society during an Choral Evensong held at the HKSKH St. John’s Cathedral.

To celebrate this auspicious event, a dear friend of HKSKH, the Revd Canon John L. Peterson, who, as Archbishop Paul said, “was instrumental to establishment of the Province of HKSKH”, and a Vice-President of the Compass Rose Society preached at the Evensong service and shared the work and development of the Society at the celebratory dinner held immediately after the Chapter’s installation.

In his sermon, Canon John shared with a group of close to 200 — in attendance were Hong Kong CRS members, and invited friends of CRS — the CRS story, and reminded us all of our baptismal vows and what the establishment of the Hong Kong Chapter of the Society means to HKSKH and the Anglican Communion.

“This evening we are going to witness another step in the Province of Hong Kong living into its baptismal covenant by the establishment of the Hong Kong Chapter of the Compass Rose Society. The Compass Rose Society enables its members to participate and build relationships with fellow Anglicans from different Provinces in the Anglican Communion... In doing so the Society can serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbors as ourselves,” Canon Peterson said.

The Most Revd Dr Josiah Idowu-Fearon, Secretary General of the Anglican Communion, sent the Hong Kong Chapter his congratulatory message, reminding all who were present that “since the very inception of the Compass Rose Society, Hong Kong has played a significant role in the life of the Society under the initial leadership of Archbishop Peter Kwong and today under Archbishop Paul Kwong's leadership.” Archbishop Josiah also commended the “influential contributions made on the Board of the Compass Rose Society” by CRS Vice-President the Very Reverend Samson Jeremiah Fan and David Tse, and by their predecessors Antonia Wong, Joey Fan, and The Revd Canon Peter Douglas Koon.

In his opening remarks at the inauguration dinner, Archbishop Paul shared the vital work and support the Compass Rose Society has made to the global ministry and global initiatives of the Anglican Communion. “I am so pleased to see Hong Kong’s strong commitment to and support of the Anglican Communion. The establishment of the Hong Kong Chapter of the Compass Rose Society marks a major milestone both in the worldwide Society and for Hong Kong.”

The work of establishing a Hong Kong Chapter of the Society began as early as July 2017, when a group of Hong Kong Compass Rose Society members, under the leadership of CRS Vice-President the Very Reverend Samson Jeremiah Fan, board member David Tse and former Vice-President Joey Fan, met and discussed the mission, needs, and process of setting up a Hong Kong Chapter.

And consequently, on 6 November of the same year, the CRS board passed the resolution in support of the initiation and development of a Hong Kong Chapter of the Society to further work in:

  • Increasing and facilitating recruitment of new members;
  • Increasing communication and understanding of the Society among its exiting members in Hong Kong;
  • Enhancing support to members of the Anglican Communion in all Asia regions;
  • Increasing awareness of Asian concerns within the Anglican Communion; and
  • Enhancing the fellowship of the CRS members in Asia.

Alice Wu is a member of the Compass Rose Society living in Hong Kong

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