《生命恩泉》行政總監 Paul Yeung 的話
Message from Paul Yeung (Executive Director, Fountain of Love and Life)
Dear guests and FLL supporters,
On behalf of Fountain of Love and Life, I would like to welcome you all to this year”s FLL Annual Gala, celebrating our 11th Anniversary of serving the Chinese communities. We thank God for the opportunity to celebrate the Jubilee Year of Mercy with you at this gala, titled “Footprints of Mercy”.
We postponed our annual gala from fall 2015 to spring 2016 in order to dedicate our limited resources to organize the Chinese Pastoral Council “Jubilee of Mercy – Canada Chinese Catholic Conference” at the beginning of 2016. We were graced with the presence of Archbishop Savio Hon, who came all the way from the Vatican to bring us inspiring messages on Mercy. Over 1,000 Chinese Catholics participated with great attentiveness and enthusiasm in all the activities at the conference. The thirst among Chinese Catholics for spiritual knowledge and nourishment was evident at the event.
In response to the needs of the Chinese Catholic community for spiritual resources and the invitation by Pope Francis to live out the spirit of Mercy in this extraordinary Jubilee, FLL has launched a multimedia campaign “Footprints of Mercy”, which includes weekly mini-courses on mercy in the format of infographics, short inspirational videos and high-impact graphics released on social media. These resources have been widely shared on social media and often shared by priests and ministries in the Hong Kong Diocese. It is encouraging to see that resources that we developed being valued and benefiting a wide audience around the world. On the other hand, it also presents a challenge for us to allocate our resources strategically between new (social) media and traditional media, such as TV and radio.
The need among the Chinese Catholic community for spiritual resources and their yearning for spiritual growth gave rise to the opportunity (and demands) for us to develop more resources for Catholics, which essentially is “new evangelization”, as opposed to “evangelization”, which is spreading the good news to non-believers and which has been our primary focus historically. The realization of the needs in the community makes it necessary for us to continuously discern our direction and discover the most effective means to build the kingdom of God with our limited resources.
We treasure our annual gala as a time for us to personally meet with our benefactors and supporters, to share our vision and our development, our opportunities and our challenges. The Gala is also a time for FLL to raise the necessary funds to continue the mission that you have entrusted to us. We thank you for your generous support for FLL in the past years and we know we can count on your continuous partnership as we embrace new opportunities that God presents to us.
May our merciful Lord bless you and your loved ones in this Jubilee of Mercy!
Executive Director, Fountain of Love and Life