主任司鐸 - 張少麟神父
Fr. Francis Chong - Pastor
Little obedient Francis responds to follow as Disciple;
Be a Servant,
Be a Priest!
Fr. Francis Chong is a member of the Congregatio Discipulorum Domini (CDD), also known as the Congregation of the Disciples of the Lord. He was born to a Catholic family in Malaysia. Fr. Francis is the second in his sibling line with an elder sister, two little brothers and one sister.
In his childhood, Fr. Francis happened to have an acquaintance with a best friend who served as an altar boy in the church. When Fr. Francis was at his age of 15, his best friend decided to study at a Minor Seminary directed by the Malaysian Province of the Congregatio Discipulorum Domini. Willingly and with joy, Fr. Francis made the same decision to accompany his good friend. During this period of his study, he was greatly influenced by the example of the priests in the seminary. As he graduated from his high schooling, Fr. Francis went abroad to Taiwan to continue his novitiate and university study in Philosophy and Theology which was a training prerequisite for his priesthood vocation. Having successfully finished all studies and as a final stage to priesthood, Fr. Francis received the Sacrament of Ordination as a deacon in 1997. After which, he was selected and sent to Ireland for higher studies in English. On October 24, 1998 which was the second day after his 27th birthday, Fr. Francis was ordained as a priest in Malaysia.
His Eminence Cardinal Celso Costantini was the Founder of the Congregatio Discipulorum Domini. He was appointed by Pope Pius XI as the first delegate of the Holy See in China. As he came to China, Cardinal Costantini fully understood that this country had a long history of unique and ancient culture. It would be nearly of futile effect to evangelize if the Church could not convince the Chinese in their mind and philosophical rationale. For this reason, he founded the Congregatio Discipulorum Domini in Hebei Province in 1927. This was the first religious order for consecration life in China. Members learned and researched in Chinese and Western cultural studies. They were also devoted to education, publication, evangelization, spiritual religious missions and social work. This was a new direction to approach Chinese for their conversion to Christianity, which actually was the traditional way of St. Paul to proclaim an Unknown God to Athenians. In 1948, China had become a communist state and all seminaries were compulsorily dissolved. The General House of the Order had to move to Taiwan. At there, the CDD Fathers continued their evangelization missions. At the same time, some members were sent to Indonesia, Malaysia and other regions to operate schools and establish parishes. This was the commencement of the Order to serve overseas Chinese.
In view of the surge of new immigrants from China to Toronto and a remarkable increase of parishioners in St. Agnes Kouying Tsao Catholic Church during these recent years, the Archdiocese of Toronto invited the CDD Fathers to come to Canada to serve our parish in 2007. As a member of the Congregatio Discipulorum Domini, Fr. Francis was committed and obliged to the missions of the Order especially to evangelize the Gospel within the Chinese culture to all her people, abroad or in homeland. He was delighted to accept the assignment as the Order sent him to our parish to assist Pastor Rev. Fr. Augustine Chan in his pastoral work. On August 27, 2007, Fr. Francis was arrived in Toronto and assumed as Associate Pastor of St. Agnes Kouying Tsao Catholic Church.
On October 6, 2010, Fr. Francis was appointed by the Archbishop of Toronto as Pastor of St. Agnes Kouying Tsao Parish.
Installation of Fr. Francis Chong,C.D.D as the Fourth Pastor was held on December 4th, 2010.
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