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Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong Laity Formation Fund

Fund Information                    (Revised as of March 2010)




        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 (1888-1988)of 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 Hong Kong 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 Hong Kong 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 in Hong Kong.  As there is a great need for the formation of the Catholic Laity in Hong Kong, the Diocese welcomes donations to increase the Capital Fund.


Thank God!  The Laity Formation Fund has been running for over 18 years, and the Board of Directors has granted out subsidies to Hong Kong 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 U.S.A., Canada, Rome, France, Malta, Philippines and Australia etc.