Ampleforth Centre for Theology and Spirituality Hong Kong Limited.

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Ampleforth Centre for Theology and Spirituality



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


After considering the issue of war from a range of ethical perspectives including a stimulating introduction to classical Just War theory, students were presented with challenging hypothetical situations and discussed what they would do in each.  Students employed moral reasoning to support their opinions and  defend their positions in the context of a group debate.



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


Following a detailed engagement with both Just War theory and the testimonies of survivors, participants reflected on how a Catholic should seek to respond to the decision to bomb Nagasaki -  a second atomic bomb on Japan just three days after the first had reduced the city of Hiroshima to ashes.  Participants also discussed the related question of whether, from a Catholic perspective, the use of an atomic bomb can ever be morally justified.

Presentation of ACTS Hong Kong to Clergy and Catholic Educators

with Fr Wulstan Peterburs OSB

Friday, 18 September – 12:00 to 2:00pm

Craigengower Cricket Club | 188 Wong Nai Chung Road, Hong Kong


Fr Wulstan is a monk of Ampleforth Abbey in England and a Non-Executive Director of Ampleforth Centre for Theology & Spirituality Hong Kong Limited.  An experienced teacher and retreat giver, he holds both a BA and a PhD in Theology from the University of Durham.  After teaching in Ampleforth College for 15 years,  where at different times he served as Head of Christian Theology and a Housemaster.      


Fr Wulstan was appointed the Procurator of Ampleforth Abbey in 2010 in which capacity he is responsible for the administration of the temporal assets of the Abbey in its various works.



Introduction to Benedictine Spirituality with Fr Wulstan Peterburs OSB

Friday, 18 September – 7:30 to 9:00pm

9/F Auditorium, Catholic Diocese Centre | 16 Caine Road, Central, Hong Kong


Fr Wulstan Peterburs OSB introduced Benedictine spirituality, explaining in particular one of the three vows taken by Benedictine Monks conversatio morum, which is a lifelong commitment to continual conversion, towards total inner transformation into the likeness of Christ.  He explains how the Rule of St Benedict encourages and guides his monks towards this transformation, and how the laity can interpret conversatio morum.





Lent Events with Fr Chad Boulton OSB


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


Fr Chad Boulton OSB is the Spiritual Director of ACTS Hong Kong, and Senior Chaplain of Ampleforth College. He first visited Hong Kong in March 2013, and conducted a series of retreats for young people and parents in collaboration with HK DEY (HK Diocesan English Youth is a subcomittee of the HK Diocesan Youth Commission).   Fr Chad was in Hong Kong again for our Lenten events in March 2015.  Below are some photos of these events.


Events for Youth

Attentiveness for Diocesan English Youth

Fr Chad Boulton OSB


Thursday, 26 March 2015  – 6:00 to 8:00pm

Rosary Church | 125 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon


Young people learnt to focus on what is important in the busy lives with distractions.   Fr Chad led a reflection, discussion, activity, and prayer; followed by the popular "Priests' Question Time" for the teenagers to ask any question they like to a panel of priests.  


Adoration for Diocesan English Youth and Young Adults

Fr Chad Boulton OSB


Friday, 27 March 2015 – 7:00 to 8:30pm

Our Lady of Mount Carmel | 1 Star Street, Wan Chai


This evening with Fr Chad was an opportunity to discover the meaning of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and awaken your wonder for this ancient and deeply nourishing tradition.

Lent Retreat for Diocesan English Youth 2015

Fr Chad Boulton OSB


Monday, 30 March 2015 – 10:45am to 5:00pm

Operation Dawn | Town Island  &  St. Joseph’s Church Yim Tin Tsai, Sai Kung


Our Lent Retreat for teenagers took them to Operation Dawn, for a chance to visit former drug addicts, and then to Yim Tin Tsai for activities and Mass at St. Josephs's Church, the Unesco Heritage site.  Fr. Chad led a reflection, small group discussions and prayer on the topic of forgiveness and new beginnings.  


Events for Adults

Lent Retreat for Adults 2015

Fr Chad Boulton OSB


Sat, 28 March 2015 – 11:00am to 5:00pm

PIME House | 843 Clearwater Bay Road, Sai Kung, New Territories


With a focus on the challenges of teaching Benedictine Spirituality to teenagers, and how St. Benedict inspires Ampleforth's approach, Fr Chad explained how to listen with 'the ear of your heart', gave an introduction to Lectio Divina, the Divine Office and Gregorian chant at Ampleforth Abbey.