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St. Anthony's Church 聖安多尼堂, Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong

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Excerpt from A small chapel was established in 1864 by the priests of Milan Mission Seminary in Bonham Road (current site of King’s College) dedicating to St. Anthony as its patron saint. In 1875, the chapel was then passed on and operated by De La Salle Brothers. By 1921, the chapel was relocated to the technology workshop within St Louis School in the Third Street, and run by the Maryknoll Fathers. The technology workshop was taken over by the newly arrived Salesian priests in 1927 with Fr. Galdinus Bardelli appointed as the clergy. With the increase in population in the western district, the chapel soon became inadequate and the Salesians had made a decision to build a new church. In post-war 1945, the parish priest Fr. Theodore Wieczorek had personally went to U.S.A. and secured a substantial overseas donation amounting to over $100,000. With the full support and assistance of the whole congregation, construction went ahead smoothly. The new church was commissioned on 1.6.1953 and officiated on the feast day of St. Anthony by Bishop Bianchi. Since its opening in 1953, with the dedication of various priests, the church has been upgraded to provide additional facilities and undergone different stages of renovation to enhance its pasturing work. In addition, the Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Chapel residing in Ricci Hall of University of Hong Kong has been established as the subsidiary of St Anthony Church. The front door and gate facing the road are no longer used nowadays. The parishioners are used to using the door in the St. Anthony’s School. There is a statue of St. John Bosco (1813-1888) at the entrance of the Church. He puts his hand compassionately on the shoulder of St. Dominic Savio (1842-1857). Both of them are specially honoured by the Salesians. There is an outdoor Our Lady’s Grotto of Lourdes, planted with flowers and trees. It is a precious corner to bring people back to Mother Nature in the hustle and bustle of urban life. The interior of Church is without a single pillar, creating a broad space like a tiny sky. The roof is crisscrossed with beams, making people feel like sitting inside a huge wagon. The main altar in the front is enveloped by a towering bell-shape arch whose bases are two golden angels blowing trumpets. On the left hand side of the arch is a niche housing the statue of Mary the Helper of Christians. The Sacred Heart of Jesus is on the right. The apex of the arch is an emblem relief with the words “Fide et Caritate”, meaning faith with charity. In the 1960’s before liturgical reform, there was a statue of St. Anthony above the main altar. Now, the statue is moved to the side-altar on the right. On this side-altar is a specially made desktop circular facial mirror relic casing. In the centre there is a fist-size circular box. The bone relic of St. Anthony is venerated on Tuesdays, his skin on the other days. The relic of St. Anthony is particularly venerated by believers. Many people come to pray to the Saint to help them recover lost objects and missing persons. He is called the Patron Saint of Lost Things and Missing Persons in the Church.

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