A photograph of Benjamin Ho wearing priestly vestments similar to those worn by the Oblates in Hong Kong.
The Chancery has recently received reports of a man named Benjamin Ho 何伟震 (Pinyin: Hé Wěi Zhe̍n) who is conducting ministry within the Mandarin-speaking community. Ho claims to be a Catholic Oblate 獻主會 (Pinyin: Xiàn Zhǔ Huì) priest from Hong Kong.
There are many scholarly studies that attest to the fact that a child’s personality and development is very much influenced by the home environment. The child’s beliefs, attitudes, emotions, behaviour are formed through his experience and interaction in the home as much as, if not more, than the school environment. Some parents clamour to get their children enrolled in mission schools and be immersed in the Catholic ethos. And this is good. But we sometimes forget that when the child returns home he is spending more time with the family than with his peers in the classroom. At home he is more at ease, he has more leeway to observe, absorb and form his opinions as he watches his siblings, parents, grandparents or even the domestic helpers go about their lives.