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China, November 09 2015 : The Missionary Sisters of St. Columban are preparing to hand over the Holistic Retreat Centre in Hong Kong to Carmelite priests from Indonesia.

The Columban sisters, who have transformed the seaside centre with their magic touch of love and grace for the past 12 years, are packing up to leave Hong Kong.

There is sadness about the departure of Sister Isobel Loughrey and Sister Patricia Byrne, who have been running the retreat centre, located on Headland Road at Shek O.

The Carmelites will now provide a tranquil spiritual sanctuary for those who come for retreats at the center, which sits away from the bustle of the city.

Commonly known as the Carmelites, the full name is the Order of the Brothers of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel. It was founded at Mount Carmel in the Holy Land, Israel, in the 12th century.

The Carmelite priests from Indonesia came to Hong Kong on 21 October 2013. There are three priests in the territory; Father Heribertus Heru Purwanto and Father David Tristianto will be stationed at the retreat centre in Shek O, while Father Paulus Waris Santoso is on the staff of St. Anne’s parish in Stanley.

Father Purwanto is the superior in Hong Kong. Father Tristianto has a green thumb and will make good use of the garden at the retreat centre to grow vegetables, flowers, trees and maybe some surprises.

Source: Sunday Examiner


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