The Vatican has just announced today that Pope FRANCIS has appointed the Reverend Stephen CHOW Sau-yan, a member of the Society of Jesus, as the new Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong.
Rev. Stephen CHOW, S.J., Bishop-elect, is aged 62. He was born in Hong Kong in 1959 and was ordained a priest in Hong Kong in 1994. He holds a Doctorate in Education from Harvard University, USA. Currently he is Provincial Superior of the Jesuit Chinese Province and Supervisor of Wah Yan College (Hong Kong and Kowloon).
In view of the arrangements of the Society of Jesus for the appointment of a new Provincial Superior for the Chinese Province, the episcopal consecration of Rev. Stephen CHOW will be postponed to 4 December 2021 (Saturday), with details to be announced later.
In compliance with Church Law, Cardinal John TONG, currently Apostolic Administrator, will continue to be the head of the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong until Rev. Stephen CHOW has received episcopal consecration and has taken canonical possession of the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong (i.e, has officially taken office) at the Cathedral.
The Diocese will hold a press conference tomorrow, May 18 (Tuesday), at 10:00am, at the Catholic Diocese Centre, 9/F, 16 Caine Road, Hong Kong, for Rev. Stephen CHOW to meet with the media.
Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong
17 May 2021
** CV & photo of the Bishop-elect enclosed
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Rev.Stephen Sau-Yan CHOW, S.J., Ed.D.
The Bishop-elect of the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong
1959 Born in Hong Kong and baptized a Catholic
1979-1982 Obtained a Degree in Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Philosophy (double majors) from the University of Minnesota, Duluth
1982-1984 Obtained a Degree in Master of Arts in Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota, Duluth
1984-1986 Accepted by the Society of Jesus and have Novitiate training in Ireland
1986-1988 Obtained a Degree in Licentiate in Philosophy (Lic.Phil.) from the Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy, Dublin, Ireland
1988 -1990 Regency (training in teaching and pastoral work) in Hong Kong
1990 – 1993 Obtained a Degree in Bachelor of Sacred Theology (S.T.B.) from the Holy Spirit Seminary College, Hong Kong
1993 Ordained to the Order of Deacon (Roman Catholic Church)
1993 – 1995 Obtained a Degree in Master of Science in Organization Development (M.S.O.D.) from Loyola University, Chicago
1994 Ordained to the Order of Priesthood (Roman Catholic Church)
2006 Doctor of Education (Ed.D.), Harvard University, granted on June 8, 2006Dissertation: Understanding Moral Culture in Hong Kong Secondary Schools: Relationships among Moral Norm, Moral Culture, Academic Achievement Motivation, and Empathy
2007-2014 Appointed Honorary Assistant Professor by the University of Hong Kong for the Faculty of Education in 4 consecutive terms
2012 – Guest Professor of the Holy Spirit Seminary College of Theology & Philosophy, Hong Kong
2007 School Supervisor and Chairman of the School/Incorporated
Management Committee of Wah Yan College, Hong Kong & Kowloon
2018 – Provincial Superior of the Chinese Province, Society of Jesus
2019 Silver Jubilee of priesthood
2020 Vice Chairman of the Association of Major Religious Superiors of
Men in Hong Kong
Press Release from the diocese of Hong Kong