I write this note on Ash Wednesday as Ming Hua, alongside all Christians, begins its journey through Lent. The end of that journey is Holy Week, and the College’s traditional weeklong retreat and reflection upon Jesus’s way to crucifixion, death and resurrection. I would like to invite all friends of Ming Hua, and anyone who has not visited the College but would like to, to join us for our talks, discussions and services, culminating with our Good Friday and Holy Saturday Vigils and the first Eucharist of Easter. Everyone is most welcome!
This semester the Faculty is delighted to welcome its newest member to Ming Hua Theological College: The Right Reverend Patrick Yu, the recently retired Bishop of Scarborough in Toronto. Bishop Patrick is joining the College as Lecturer in Practical Theology and will be teaching a range of courses both in the BTh and MTh programmes, and the Lay Training Programme. He will be with us each year for the entire spring semester, February until June: a wonderful development for all of us. If you do not know Bishop Patrick, or have not heard him teach, do attend one of his classes this semester. He is lecturing on studying the Bible in Cantonese every Monday at 7pm.
Another event to celebrate: our study trip this summer to visit Eastern Orthodox churches and monasteries in Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Serbia was over-subscribed within hours of being advertised! This fact is a great testimony to the desire and adventurous spirit that inhabits all of our students to see and experience new things. The Orthodox Church preserves many very early liturgies, art and architecture, so this trip will introduce us to some ancient and rich traditions. This first Ming Hua pilgrimage to the Orthodox world promises to be hugely rewarding - please look out for a report and photographs in a future issue.