Ampleforth Centre for Theology and Spirituality Hong Kong Limited.

Registered Charity No. 91/13579

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Ampleforth Centre for Theology and Spirituality



ACTS Hong Kong offers events for young Catholics to explore the faith in an atmosphere of acceptance and open hospitality.   


All attendees should be proficient English-speakers.

Introduction to Roman Catholic Ethics


War: Can it ever be justified?

Mr Simon Hull

Friday, 6 November – 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Honeyville Canossian Retreat House

57 Mount Davis Road, Mount Davis, Hong Kong (Directions)

For 13-18 year olds


The aim of this class is to provide students with a stimulating introduction to classical Just War theory. After considering the issue of war from a range of ethical perspectives, students will be presented with challenging hypothetical situations and will be asked to say what they would do in each. Students will be taught how to employ moral reasoning in order to support their opinions, and will be challenged to defend their positions in the context of a group debate. Real-life case studies will also be discussed, including in particular the decision to drop atomic bombs on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War. By the end of the class, it is hoped that students will have an enriched understanding of when, if ever, war can be morally justified.


Free Admission

Registration by email



The atomic bombing of Nagasaki: How should a Catholic respond?

Mr Simon Hull

Saturday, 7 November – 10:00am to 12:00pm

Honeyville Canossian Retreat House

57 Mount Davis Road, Mount Davis, Hong Kong (Directions)

For adults


In this lecture, Just War theory will be applied to one of the most controversial decisions in history: the decision to drop a second atomic bomb on Japan just three days after the first had reduced the city of Hiroshima to ashes. Nagasaki was the target for this second bomb, a city with a rich Christian history comparable in many ways to Macau. By a tragic twist of fate, the bomb scored a direct hit on Nagasaki’s Catholic cathedral, leaving it in ruins and killing approximately 8,000 of the 12,000 Catholics in that part of the city. Following a detailed engagement with both Just War theory and the testimonies of survivors, lecture participants will be encouraged to reflect on how a Catholic should seek to respond to the decision to bomb Nagasaki, as well as on the related question of whether, from a Catholic perspective, the use of an atomic bomb can ever be morally justified.


Free Admission

Registration by email



A Christmas Nativity Procession by Candlelight

Friday, 18 December – 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Sacred Heart Church (Procession Map)

Sai Kung, Hong Kong


The inspiration for the Live Crib is St. Francis of Assisi, who celebrated Christmas 800 years ago, by setting up the first known nativity scene with live animals in the Church at Greccio near Assisi in Italy.


He used only straw, a manger, an ox and a donkey to help people to experience the humanity of Jesus through all the senses: by seeing, smelling and hearing the stable.


So in honour of our first Pope Francis, we are delighted to welcome you all to join us for this extraordinary Christmas journey.