Foundress Day 2020-2021


Following in the Footsteps of Our Foundress to Overcome Adversity

On 7 May 2021, we held the Foundress Day online liturgy through a short video prepared by the Catholic Society. The highlight of the celebration was the sharing of Fr Simon Li and Sr Anna Maria Kwan.

In the short video titled ‘Big Big Old World (尋仁記) ’, some animated characters travelled back in time and interviewed people around St. Magdalene of Canossa, including her uncle, a sister of Canossian Daughters of Charity, a poor child whom she looked after and a nurse who took care of her. Through the interviews, we learned about St. Magdalene of Canossa’s life and her greatest love for all the poor and helpless people. Her strong will led her to give up her noble life resolutely. Equipped with humility, courage and generosity, she dedicated herself to serving others and practising Christ’s love.

In the second part of the short film, Sr Kwan recalled that six Italian sisters acted as pioneers a hundred years ago. They started missionary work including school education, Catholic nurturing and pastoral care in hospitals in both Hong Kong and Macau. Moreover, Sr Kwan followed in the footsteps of St. Magdalene of Canossa. Receiving the Holy Communion, she united with Jesus, which gave her power to love, forgive and reconcile in the religious community.

Moving on to the next session, Fr Li’s sharing revolved around the spiritual experience of St. Magdalene of Canossa. She believed that the crucifixion of Jesus was worthy of emulation. Therefore, we should also practise the spirit of loving others in our daily lives. In the family, we should always be grateful to our parents. At school, we should be kind to our teachers and classmates. When things do not go as expected, we need not feel resentful. Instead of complaining, we have to accept and be considerate of others’ situations.

In addition, Fr Li shared his own experience about his mother who was admitted to the hospital. The doctor’s humility and sacrifice demonstrated the spirit of St. Magdalene of Canossa. Fr Li also encouraged Holy Familians to take actions in their daily lives. Transformation should begin with themselves. Then they should try to spread the message to their family members and schoolmates, thereby changing the society and even reforming the world.

This online liturgy ended with the General Intercessions, in which we prayed for youngsters, people who lost their loved ones and people who served with a humble and loving heart.

We thank God for revealing His love to the humble and to the children,
by raising in His Church, St. Magdalene of Canossa to be the servant of the poor.
O Lord, please grant that we may seek You above all things and serve the poor and
the little ones in a true spirit of charity and humility.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
St. Magdalene of Canossa, pray for us.

Nicole Lee (5A)