The Laity Formation Fund grants are open to all lay Catholics of the Hong Kong
Diocese to apply from the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong, Laity Formation Fund.
The Fund began with an allocation of one million Hong Kong dollar from
the Organizing Committee for the 100th anniversary
the building of the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception in 1991.
In view of the small amount, the Organizing Committee for the
celebration of 150th anniversary of the Catholic mission in
organized a walkathon to raise 2.5 million dollars.
The two amounts totaled about 3.5 million.
The Diocese has increased it to make a total of 5 million
dollar to form a Capital Fund.
In 1992, the Bishop of
Hong Kong, Cardinal Wu has appointed a Board
of Trustees, a finance committee and a selection committee and the Fund has
been registered with the Government.
Every year the financial yield from the Capital Fund will be used to help form
lay Catholics who would eventually contribute to the building up of the Church
As there is a great need for the formation of the Catholic Laity in
Kong, the Diocese welcomes donations to increase the Capital Fund.
God! The Laity Formation Fund has
been running for over 18 years, and the Board of Directors has granted out
catholic for supporting them to study religious courses in local and overseas.
Starting form 1993, the Board of Directors has been granting out
formation fund to students of the following institutes: H.K. Catholic Biblical
Institute, Holy Spirit Seminary College and 2-year Catechetical Training
Course. In 1995 added in the
Clinical Pastoral Education, 1998 - 2006 has accepted the Australian
Catholic University (Distant Learning) Master of Art in Theology course, 2000
added in the 2-year Scared Music course organized by the Diocesan Sacred Music
Commission, 2001 added in the Youth Pastoral Worker Training course which was
organized by the Diocesan Youth Commission, 2005 added in the Marriage and
Family Pastoral Counseling course organized by the Diocesan Pastoral Commission
for Marriage and the Family, 2006 added in the Master of Arts in Religious
Studies organized by the Centre for Catholic Studies of the Chinese University
of Hong Kong. Up to now over 640
numbers of people have received subsidies from the Laity Formation Fund and
totally more than 7.9 millions of formation fund have been granted.
Applicants for overseas studies have been studied in
and Australia etc.