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|The Right Reverend Peter Kwong
The Right Reverend Peter Kwong was installed as the first Archbishop and Primate of Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui (Chinese Anglican Church) on Sunday, October 25, 1998. The event was in combination with the establishment of the Province of Hong Kong, the two taking place simultaneously.
The installation was at the Hong Kong Convention Center, the newly constructed site where the Hong Kong 'handover' occurred last year.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, George Carey, was the celebrant at this service. The primates of the 37 provinces of the Anglican Communion were invited to attend, as well as many bishops of the Church.
Among prominent guests was Bishop Ting of China, former head of the China Christian Council, and church leaders of other denominations, both local and overseas. Local government officials and diplomats will also be in attendance.
Following the inauguration ceremony, a gala celebration with speeches and entertainment representing people from all walks of life in the province was held at the Convention Center. This event was followed by a banquet for approximately 3500 people.
To prepare for this important event in the life of the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui in Hong Kong and Macau, a 50 day cycle of prayer was launched at 3 pm on Saturday, September 5. A service was held at St John's Cathedral where Church leaders and lay people from Hong Kong and Macau, gathered to begin a daily prayer cycle, using a prayer booklet with prayers written for the "Establishment of the Province." The 70-page booklet, written in both English and Chinese, had a theme for the day, a prayer, and scripture reading.
Bishop Kwong was consecrated ninth Bishop of the Diocese of Hong Kong and Macau on 25 March 1981. He is the first Chinese bishop of the diocese.
Bishop Kwong was born in Hong Kong in 1936 and educated at St Paul's College (a secondary school) and at Chung Chi College, Chinese University of Hong Kong. He received his theological training at Bexley Hall, Gambier, Ohio, graduating in 1964 and later earning an M.A. in Rochester, 1971. He holds an honorary D.D. from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio.
After ordination, he served at the Crown of Thorns Church, St James Church, and St Paul's Church, all in Hong Kong. He was chaplain of Chung Chi College and was a lecturer at Chinese University of Hong Kong until his appointment as Diocesan Secretary in 1979.
Bishop Kwong was appointed as one of a small number to serve on a committee with the People's Republic of China to draw up the Basic Law, which today is the law of the Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong.
(Thanks to Bexley Hall seminary in Rochester, New York, for this information.)
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