主任司鐸 - 張少麟神父

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少小識主蒙叫召,
麟時作徒應唱隨;
少麟小時作主徒,
神父青年為司鐸。


張少麟神父為主徒會會士,出生於天主教家庭,他在馬來西亞誔生,在家中排行第二,上有一姐,下有兩弟一妹。

張神父小時候認識一位好朋友,同時亦是少年輔祭。於十五歲時,好友選擇決意加入馬來西亞主徒會小修院 ,他也樂意跟隨,在學期間深受神父們的見證和影響,一九九一年高中畢業後前赴台灣繼續攻讀神哲學的司鐸訓練課程和會士培育,於一九九七年完成,領受執事聖秩,隨即再到愛爾蘭進修英文,並於一九九八年十月二十四日,他二十七歲生日後的第二天,在馬來西亞晉鐸成為神父。

張神父於一九九八至二○○○年期間在其修會的培訓院負責新生的訓練輔導,其後出任吉隆坡聖依納爵堂區助理司鐸,直至二○○二年前赴羅馬攻讀神學碩士學位,並於二○○四年完成,畢業後被派往台灣任修院的院長和從事修會培育工作。

主徒會的會祖剛恆毅樞機主教,是教廷首任駐華代表,來華之初洞悉中國為文化古國,若不在思想上先讓人心服,便無法發揮福傳功能,剛樞機有鑑於此,於一九二七年在河北省創立了主徒會,是第一個中國神職修會,度獻身修會三願生活,鑽研中西文化學術,從事教育、出版、傳教、牧靈,社會等工作,為中華兒女的歸主提供一個新方向,這也是聖保祿在雅典揭示未識之神的傳統方法。一九四八年中國解放後,修院被迫解散,總會院避遷台灣,繼續福傳工作;同時,選派會士先後至印尼及馬來西亞等地創辦學校及聖堂,展開為華僑服務的工作。

多倫多總教區有鑑於中國移民漸多,聖曹桂英堂區的教友人數激增,遂於二○○七年邀請主徒會的神父前來加拿大為我們堂區服務,協助本堂主任司鐸陳思定神父的牧民工作,張神父秉承主徒會以中華文化向海內外華人傳揚福音的精神,欣然接受修會的派遣,並於同年八月二十七日到任,成為堂區的助理司鐸。

二零一零年十月六日,張神父被多倫多總主教委任為聖曹桂英堂主任司鐸。

二零一零年十二月四日,主徒會張少麟神父就職聖曹桂英堂第四任主任司鐸。





Fr. Francis Chong - Pastor



To Thy Grace Call to know God,
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.

From 1998 to 2000, Fr. Francis served as a Counsellor responsible for the training of postulants in the Formation House of his Order. Afterwards, he served as Associate Pastor in the St. Ignatius’s Church in Kuala Lumpur till 2002 when he went to Rome for further studies to pursue the master degree of Licentiate of Sacred Theology. After his graduation in this STL programme in 2004, Fr. Francis was then assigned as Rector in his Order’s seminary in Taiwan, endeavouring in all works for member formation and their education.

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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