Pope Francis appoints Fr. Stephen Chow Sau-yan, SJ, as the new Bishop of the Diocese of Hong Kong.
The Pope appointed Jesuit Fr. Stephen Chow Sau-yan as the Bishop of Hong Kong Diocese on Monday 17 May.
Bishop-elect Chow currently serves as the Provincial of the Chinese Province of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits).
He will take over from Cardinal John Tong Hon, who has served as the Apostolic Administrator of Hong Kong since January 2019.
Fr. Stephen Chow Sau-yan, SJ, was born on 7 August 1959 in Hong Kong.
After his pre-university studies, he obtained a Baccalaureate and Masters’ degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota, USA. He then joined the Society of Jesus on 27 September 1984.
From 1986 to 1988, he completed his novitiate and licentiate in Philosophy in Ireland, continuing his theological studies in Hong Kong from 1988 to 1993.
Fr. Chow was ordained to the priesthood on 16 July 1994.
He received a Master’s degree in Organisational Development (1993-1995) at Loyola University in Chicago, and a Doctorate in Human Development and Psychology (Ed.D.) from Harvard University in Boston (2000-2006).
He professed his final vows on 17 April 2007.
Bishop-elect Chow has served in the following positions:
- Supervisor of two Jesuit colleges in Hong Kong and Wah Yan in Kowloon, since 2007; Honorary Assistant Professor at the University of Hong Kong (2008-2015) and Jesuit Formator (2009-2017).
- He has served as Chairman of the Education Commission of the Chinese Jesuit Province since 2009, and as Part-time Professor of Psychology at Holy Spirit Diocesan Seminary in Hong Kong since 2012. He was a Member of the Presbyteral Council of the Diocese of Hong Kong from 2012 to 2014, Provincial Consultor from 2013 to 2017, and Member of the Diocesan Board of Education since 2017.
- Bishop-elect Chow became the Provincial of the Chinese Province of the Society of Jesus on 1 January 2018, and Vice-Secretary of the Association of Religious Superiors of Male Institutes in Hong Kong in 2020.
With thanks to Vatican News, where this article originally appeared.