Visit to Hong Kong
T K Shen (second from bottom left) in 1930.
For many years, Westcott House has retained a strong link with the Anglican Church in Hong Kong. Alongside these links developed a number of significant links with mainland China. In 1935, the Diocesan Synod elected T K Shen, the first Chinese Bishop to lead an Anglican Diocese as the Bishop of Shaanxi. Shen had trained for the priesthood at Westcott House. Since that time relations have grown and developed with the church in Hong Kong. Today, large numbers of Hong Kong clergy have spent time at Westcott, either as ordinands or on sabbatical.
To celebrate and strengthen these links, and rejoice in our shared fellowship in the Gospel, the Principal, Vice Principal and Development Director visited between the 3rd and 10th January, meeting the Archbishop, bishops and clergy, as well as senior academics and friends of Westcott. We were proud to be able to unveil the details of the Desmond Tutu Centre to our community; Hong Kong’s Anglican voice has an important role to play in the work of reconciliation and understanding, and it is a privilege to work with such a dedicated group of friends, alumni and supporters.
Highlights of the trip included a dinner in honour of Archbishop Paul Kwong and an opportunity to tour an urban parish with the Reverend Frankie Lee, a Westcott alumnus and parish priest. The visit also gave an opportunity for a meeting with the Vice Chancellor of Hong Kong University, to explore potential links, and also saw Canon Chivers preach a well-received sermon at St John’s Cathedral – a moving opportunity to see first-hand the incredibly varied life of the Church in Hong Kong.
During the trip, we were generously hosted by Eric Chong, the Master of St John’s College, Hong Kong University, whose kindness and practical advice was invaluable to ensuring the success of the visit. We look forward to hosting him when he visits Cambridge in February, and to strengthening our ties further.
The Most Revd Dr Paul Kwong, the Archbishop of Hong Kong, with the Principal and Vice-Principal, Dr Gareth Jones of Ming Hua Theological College and Mr Christopher Hallebro, Development Director.