Ampleforth Centre for Theology and Spirituality Hong Kong Limited.

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PAST EVENTS - 2018

A Christmas Nativity Procession by Candlelight

LIVE CRIB

Sunday, 16 December 2018 – 19:00 to 21:00

Sacred Heart Church (Procession Map)

Yau Ma Po Street, 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.

The Benedictine Monastic Contribution Worldwide

A Presentation by Fr Mark Butlin, OSB

"Why is Benedictine Monasticism of interest in the contemporary world  and what is its contribution in today’s world?"

Thursday, 13 December 2018 – 18:30 to 21:00

Lee Kum Kee Central, 4/F, Unit 403, 
54-58 Des Voeux Road Central, Hong Kong 

Fr Butlin is the Associate Director of the Monastic Formator’s Programme and has a wide international experience working for Alliance for International Monasticism with responsibilities for Asia and English-Speaking Africa. Fr Butlin was Ampleforth's ecumenical officer under Abbot Basil Hume, he ran the Recyclage (renewal) Programme and has worked at the Benedictine headquarter's, Sant'Anselmo, in Rome for 18 years. He has been giving monastic retreats to monks and nuns throughout the world for several years.

Download "Possible Questions for Discussion"
(extracted from A Mirror of Monastic Life Today)

March of the Magi

A Play and Procession of March of the Magi

Sponsored by Link & Faust International Youth Theatre

Sunday, 9 December 2018 – 16:30 to 18:00

Stanley Plaza, Ground Level, Stanley, Hong Kong (Map and Transportation)

Led by the Christmas Star of Bethlehem, three wise men from the East (Magi) are travelling to Jerusalem to meet the new born King Jesus.  While Joseph and Mary are finding the place to stay, accompanied by the angels, the Magi are joined by the shepherds.  Let's come together to explore the true meaning of Christmas.

ACTS of Faith - "Christian Action in Civil Society" with Mr Markus Shaw

Our ACTS of Faith series offers an opportunity to explore contentious issues through the eyes of faith, along with members of our community who have first hand experience of the issues.

Saturday, 10 November 2018 – 10:00 to 12:00

The Club Lusitano, 24/F Bar, 16 Ice House Street, Central,  Hong Kong (map)

Markus Shaw has  a History degree   from  Cambridge University  and  spent  six years  as a corporate lawyer  with Linklaters  in London,  Singapore and Hong Kong,  before joining his family business  in  1992.  He is  active in the not-for-profit and philanthropic fields: he has co-founded several NGOs  dedicated  to  better urban planning  and  is  a  Trustee  of  WWF-Hong Kong.

ACTS of Faith -  "Responses to Abuse in the Church"

Our ACTS of Faith series offers an opportunity to explore contentious issues through the eyes of faith, along with members of our community who have first hand experience of the issues.

Tuesday, 30 October 2018 – 18:30 to 20:00

The Club Lusitano, 27/F , 16 Ice House Street, Central,  Hong Kong (map)

 "We can’t simply be passive in the face of this terrible crisis." (Robert Barron)

ACTS Hong Kong offers you an opportunity to explore, discuss and pray about responses to the abuse crisis in the Church. Below please find the details of the event.  

ACTS of Service Day Retreat - Invitation & Celebration

Sunday, 7 October 2018 – 10:00 to 15:00

Holy Spirit Seminary, 6 Welfare Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Aberdeen, Hong Kong (map)

A day retreat to focus on Christ’s invitation. 

Jesus said “I came that they might have life and have it to the full”.  What does living a ‘full life’ mean to you, and what is Christ inviting you to do with your life?

The retreat included a morning session (talks, discussions, lectio & prayer), followed by Mass celebrated by Fr Sergio Ticozzi, and a potluck lunch. 

ACTS of Faith - "What is the Priestly Role of Women in the Catholic Church?" with Ms Tricia Bølle

Our ACTS of Faith series offers an opportunity to explore contentious issues through the eyes of faith, along with members of our community who have first hand experience of the issues.

Saturday, 8 September 2018 – 10:00 to 12:00

Holy Spirit Seminary, 6 Welfare Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Aberdeen, Hong Kong (map)

After receiving her Master degree from Stanford University, Tricia Bølle has been on the unconventional path.  She has been serving as a foreign missionary in Asian countries for many years and founded St. Francis Xavier Lay Missionary Society in 2012.  The Society is dedicated to the formation, sending and support of Catholic lay missionaries to bring the love of Jesus Christ to others in Asia.  Her call to serve as a lay missionary has a clarity that is constantly reaffirmed by the Holy Spirit, and she feels blessed that the Lord has chosen her for such a special and challenging vocation. She views with love many of those she serves with as true brothers and sisters in the mystical Body of Christ, and is always humbled by the beautiful ways that they bless her life.

Benedictine Spirituality Retreat - A Way Of Being

Ampleforth Abbey, York Y062 4EN, United Kingdom

11 June - 15 June 2018

Ampleforth Abbey, Byland Abbey, Rievaulx Abbey, Stanbrook Abbey, Durham Cathedral and Ushaw College in North Yorkshire.

Saint Benedict has much to teach us about life in the 21st Century. He continues to inspire countless men and women to live the monastic life but his message is as relevant for all who are trying to live the Gospel in their lives. In this retreat we reflected upon some of the wonderful insights contained within the Rule of Saint Benedict and learnt how they can be applied today.

 

The retreat included 2 days at Ampleforth Abbey under the guidance of our Spiritual Director, Fr Chad Boulton OSB; Ampleforth Abbey and Apple orchard tour, trips to the Benedictine convent of Stanbrook Abbey, the ruins of Rievaulx Abbey and Byland Abbey, a private tour of Durham Cathedral built by the Benedictines from 1093 to 1133, and a private tour of Ushaw College the former seminary now belonging to the University of Durham.

ACTS of Faith - "Can Intelligence ever be Artificial?" with Dr Paulina Chan

Our ACTS of Faith series offers an opportunity to explore contentious issues through the eyes of faith, along with members of our community who have first hand experience of the issues.

Saturday, 5 May 2018 – 15:00 to 17:00

Craigengower Cricket Club, 188 Wong Nai Chung Road, Happy Valley, Hong Kong

Dr Paulina Chan has a PhD in EEE at the Imperial College London and a MBA from the University of London.  She leads a think-tank of multidisciplinary professionals and startups in multiple countries to focus on the applications and translating novel technologies in STEM and M(Management) subjects into commercial products and services like Artificial Intelligence and Big Data, Smart Cities and Smart Buildings and green energies. Dr Chan was in the senior management in several multinational corporations including AT&T/Lucent Technologies in the US, Exxon/Mobil Corporation in New York, ICO Global Communications London and Beijing, and EU for Hungary.  Dr Chan is the Champion of the Imperial College London Mentoring Programme which guides young scientists, technologists, engineers and managers-in-training  to develop career paths and personal growth.  She is the Chairman of the Board of the Chartered Management Institute HK and also the Chairlady of the US IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Women in Engineering affinity in Hong Kong.

Prayerful Reading of Scripture 

- An Introduction to Lectio Divina by Fr Chad Boulton OSB

Monday, 9 April 2018 – 20:00 to 21:00

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 1 Star Street, Wanchai

 

Lectio divina is an ancient gift to the entire Church, and has always been highly valued by monks, forming an important part of Benedictine tradition and spirituality.  Fr Chad Boulton OSB presented an introduction to lectio divina and led the participants to practice the meditative reading of sacred scripture.

Fr Chad Boulton OSB - ACTS Hong Kong Spiritual Director (Senior Chaplain of Ampleforth College)

Fr Chad Boulton has a first class degree in Theology from Oxford University, and is Senior Chaplain at Ampleforth College, where he oversees the Chaplaincy team of monks, lay staff and senior students, to direct the faith formation of 600 teenagers.  He conducts regular classes in Christian Living, Lectio Divina prayer groups, as well as retreats for House and year groups.  Fr Chad also runs programmes for teaching staff, Housemasters, and parents at the Chaplaincy. 

ACTS of Faith - "Temptation in the World of Finance" with Mr Peter Ho

Our ACTS of Faith series offers an opportunity to explore contentious issues through the eyes of faith, along with members of our community who have first hand experience of the issues.

Saturday, 3 March 2018 – 15:00 to 17:00

Craigengower Cricket Club, 188 Wong Nai Chung Road, Happy Valley, Hong Kong

Mr Peter Ho has over 20 years of senior management and finance experience. He began his career as an investment banker on Wall Street after graduating with an MBA from the University of Chicago in 1987. Peter returned to Hong Kong and later served as Country Head for JP Morgan Investment Banking in Hong Kong. Peter began his management career in 2000 and had served as CEO for New Island Printing Group and Managing Director for Methanex in China. Peter is a speaker for CEO Global Education Foundation’s “The Way to Success” which is being offered at leading universities in Hong Kong. Peter joined the YMCA of Hong Kong in 2014 and was appointed as General Secretary and Chief Executive Officer in 2015.  Peter and his family worship at both the Catholic Cathedral and Community Church Hong Kong.

ACTS of Faith - "Transgenderism and the Church" with Dr Robert Yuen

Our ACTS of Faith series offers an opportunity to explore contentious issues through the eyes of faith, along with members of our community who have first hand experience of the issues.

Saturday, 20 January 2018 – 15:00 to 17:00

Craigengower Cricket Club, 188 Wong Nai Chung Road, Happy Valley, Hong Kong

Robert Yuen is a medical doctor with over thirty years of experience as a paediatrician.  He was a British Council Scholar in 1983/84 and received his postgraduate training in John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford. He was formerly consultant paediatrician of Kwong Wah Hospital and Honorary Associate Professor of Department of Paediatrics of University of Hong Kong and Chinese University of Hong Kong. He once was Chairman of Hong Kong Bioethics Association and Founding Chairman of Hong Kong Early Childhood Development Research Foundation. He is currently Associate Director of Holy Spirit Seminary College Bioethics Resource Centre. Robert is parent of Daniel graduated from Ampleforth College in 2004  St. Bede’s House. 

Contact Us 

Please send us an email at info@acts.hk if you would like to be our volunteer or our ACTS of Faith speaker.