The Order of Order Asia Pacific Conference – Hong Kong
The Order of Malta Asia Pacific Conference 2021, hosted by the Hong Kong Association on 26 Oct 2021, was held in the auditorium of the Caritas Institute of Higher Education (CIHE) in Hong Kong under the theme of Faith and Beatitudes in the Work of the Order in Time of Uncertainty – and Beyond.
The first fully virtual APC conference included 129 participants, of which 111 were online, and was attended by the Presidents, Hospitallers, Office Bearers and Members of the Philippine, Australian, Korean, Thai, Singaporean and Hong Kong Associations and the Chief Executive for the Global Fund for Forgotten People.
Denis Chang, President of the Hong Kong Association of the Order of Malta, set the pace for an intense but fulfilling 3 hours which began with speeches from our High Charges.
Grand Chancellor Albrecht Boeselager thanked all the Asian Associations for their hard work in expanding the Order’s global reach. He observed that the difficult pandemic conditions did not deter us from continuing to spread Faith in the Order by making the love of Christ tangible to the people that we serve.
Grand Hospitaller Dominique de la Rochefoucauld-Montbél said that the Order’s main achievement was its ability to pivot in time of crisis, while continuing to focus on not forgetting the forgotten specially the socially excluded.
Our Prelate, Monseigneur Lafitte reminded us to to think of the vulnerability of those we serve by considering all their dimensions which include not only their illness and poverty, but also to remember their spiritual and emotional needs.
The High Charges’ remarks were followed by presentations from the Presidents and Hospitallers of the six APC countries. The hard work and impact achieved by the Order in the region for the past two years has been remarkable given the restrictive conditions imposed by the pandemic.
A Closing Mass, attended by the Members of the Hong Kong Association, was con-celebrated by our Conventual Chaplains, the Reverend Peter Choy and Monsignor Javier Herrera Corona and live-streamed to the overseas Conference participants from the pristine HICE chapel. Sacred music was performed by the Vox Antiqua Choir, instilling a feeling of unity, hope and inspiration to all. It was an uplifting ending to an afternoon of recollection and reflection on the Order’s work of Tuitio Fidei et Obsequium Pauperum.