Ampleforth Centre for Theology and Spirituality Hong Kong Limited.

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Ampleforth Centre for Theology and Spirituality


Benedictine Way of Living - Stability: 

How might the monastic vow of stability offer us a new perspective? 

by Fr Wulstan Peterburs OSB

Wednesday, 18 September 2019 – 13:00 to 15:30

Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Chapel 
Ricci Hall, The University of Hong Kong, 93 Pokfulam Road

Mount Davis, Hong Kong (map)

Fr Wulstan Peterburs OSB, Non-Executive Director of ACTS Hong Kong, holds both a BA and a PhD in Theology from the University of Durham.  Originally a lay teacher at Ampleforth College, he entered the monastery at Ampleforth in 1998 and has subsequently served as Head of Christian Theology, a Housemaster, Procurator and Headmaster. He is currently Monastery Bursar and a trustee of both the Ampleforth Abbey Trust and the St Benet’s Trust.

ACTS of Faith

-  “A Look at Church Music, Yesterday, Today and Beyond” by Mark Huang

Saturday, 31 August 2019 – 14:00 to 16:30

Rosary Church, 125 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

"What is the purpose of the Music ministry?”

Mark is a Hong Kong born and raised Catholic who has been active in leading in a Catholic Church choir in St Teresa’s Church (Kowloon) and other church music settings for over 35 years.  Although usually holding a guitar and leading more contemporary music, Mark has also been interested to explore traditional Church Music origins.  Mark particularly enjoys using Church Music to approach youth and school children. 

Mark took a look at the history of Church Music, journey through the various music reforms, leading into Vatican II and the subsequent evolution of Church Music as we experience it today, including the traditional and contemporary liturgical styles.  He also touched on complimentary music styles like “praise and worship” and Taizé music, then finally attemptes to predict the future of Church Music.  In the talk, participants not only got a sharing on the above topics, but also heard, and sang, some different styles of Church Music.  

ACTS of Faith -  "Equal in the Sight of God" by Revd Catherine Graham

All are equal in the sight of God as we are made in the image of God? 

And how might that equality relate to the call to ordained ministry?


Wednesday, 5 June 2019 – 19:00 to 21:00

17/F Grand Building, Catholic Centre, 15-18 Connaught Road Central, Hong Kong

The Revd Catherine Graham was ordained a priest in the Anglican Church in St John’s Cathedral in 2011, after being deaconed in Salisbury Cathedral in 2010, and served a shared curacy in the Diocese of Salisbury and Hong Kong Island. Prior to ordination Catherine has worked in the corporate, NGO field and as world mission officer headed up the Board for Mission in Worcester Diocese in the late 1990’s, where she met her husband Stephen, who is Director for the Mission To Seafarers in SE Asia.  Her passion is living faithfully as God’s people, responding to the needs of the world. After 10 years in Dubai, and raising funds to build the first seafarers’ support ship ‘the Flying Angel’  Catherine returned to Oxford to read theology and train for ordination as a priest; a calling that that had grown over 20 years. 

Catherine is currently a chaplain at St John’s Cathedral, who coordinates pastoral care, is Vice Chair of HELP for domestic workers, a para legal support program for domestic workers and recently chaired a task group on developing a Child protection policy for St John’s Cathedral and the daughter churches.

ACTS of Faith -  "What can research tell us about love and sex?" by Dr Anna Ng

“What can you do to enhance sexual intimacy?”

“What are the key factors that influence sexuality?”

Thursday, 25 April 2019 – 19:30 to 21:30

17/F Grand Building, Catholic Centre, 15-18 Connaught Road Central, Hong Kong

Dr Anna Ng is Assistant Professor, Director of Student Affairs, at Caritas Institute of Higher Education & Caritas Bianchi College of Careers.  She is a registered social worker, certified sex therapist, a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, certified Body-Mind-Spirit practitioner, a Senior Counseling and Training Consultant of Human Empowerment and Achievement Training at Caritas.  

Her major academic interest is on human sexuality and young adults’  holistic  well-being. Findings of her research have been published in national and international academic refereed journal.

ACTS of Service Day Retreat for age 18-35

Saturday, 9 March 2019 – 10:00 to 16:00

Tao Fong Shan Pilgrim's Hall

33 Tao Fong Shan Road, Shatin, N.T., Hong Kong

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 includes talks, discussions, Lectio Divina, prayer & Mass, and a lunch fellowship.

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

 Just a couple of weeks after Pope Francis is hosting a Vatican Summit on the protection of minors (21 Feb), we presented an overview of some responses to the abuse crisis within the Catholic Church so far, and offered the opportunity to:

"Think about what the Spirit might be doing in all of this"….
and ponder St. Augustine's principle "that God can bring good even out of evil.”   

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo 
(president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops)

Thursday, 7 March 2019 – 19:00 to 21:30

17/F Grand Building, Catholic Centre, 15-18 Connaught Road Central, Hong Kong

Facilitator: Carla Basto Clark

Carla has a BA Hons Degree in Theology, Spanish and English Literature, from Durham University, UK. She worked for UK NGO Actionaid in London before moving to Hong Kong in 1997, and raising a family. She has run various faith formation courses and has taught catechism and sacramental preparation classes since 2005.  Carla currently chairs two Christian charities in Hong Kong which aim to develop and serve lay leaders. Carla is Chair of the Board and one of the founding Director of ACTS Hong Kong.  Her three children all went to Ampleforth, and one is still studying there. 

ACTS of Faith -  "Hospice/End of Life Care" by Prof John Gillman

“End of Life Reflections” - Reflecting on one's mortality from a faith perspective enhances and deepens one's commitment to live life to the fullest as a Christian.  Hospice is as much about the art of living (ars vivendi) as it is about the art of dying   (ars moriendi).

Saturday, 19 January 2019 – 09:30 to 12:30

Caritas Institute of Higher Education - Chapel 
2 Chui Ling Road, Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong (Exit B, Tiu Keng Leng MTR Station)

John Gillman, Ph.D. (KU Leuven, Belgium), has served as a Board Certified Chaplain and Certified Pastoral Educator for over twenty-five years.  He has mentored chaplaincy students and supported patients at The Center for Urban Ministry, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and VITAS Innovative Hospice Care, as well as other healthcare centers.  A lecturer for many years at San Diego State University, he currently teaches courses on Death, Dying and the Afterlife.  The author of many publications, he most recently completed a manuscript on Life and Death in the Bible.   John has had several national leadership roles in the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education and the National Association of Catholic Chaplains.  

ACTS of Faith -  "The Apostle Paul and Women" by Prof Florence Gillman

“Those Fascinating Early Female Believers” - This talk explores the lives of the earliest Christian women in Paul’s churches who had transitioned from many Greco-Roman religions. What were their conversions like and what roles did the women have in the first Christian communities?

Saturday, 19 January 2019 – 13:30 to 15:30

Caritas Institute of Higher Education - Chapel 
2 Chui Ling Road, Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong (Exit B, Tiu Keng Leng MTR Station)

Florence Gillman Ph.D, STD (KU Leuven, Belgium) is Professor of Biblical Studies at the University of San Diego and former Chair of the Dept. of Theology and Religious Studies. She is also former Coordinator of the Program in Classics. She has published numerous books and articles and lectures frequently in the US and abroad. With a special interest in international educational experiences, she has taught in e.g. Mexico, Guatemala, Italy, Spain, China, Myanmar, Costa Rica and England. Her biblical specialization is the New Testament letters of Paul. She is especially fascinated with the lives of early Christian women and the general political and social context of early Christianity. 

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