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“Ode to Marist Brothers”

Spurred on by Bro. Gregory’s dedication, sacrifice and hardship in the Marist Mission in Kenya,
How can we not be inspired to continue our support
For SFXBOYS Scholarships for the Marist School students?

Over the years we, as a group, have contributed US $100,000 to help the students –
Individually, one cannot do too much, but as a worldwide SFX brotherhood,
We can draw on everyone’s compassion and efforts to move mountains!

Our abiding beloved octogenarian Bro. Gregory,
One among many Marist Brothers -- past, present and future –
Has been ordained and persevering for 60 years (since 1954)!
He educated us in Hong Kong for decades, and is now in Kenya,
Administering three schools, nurturing the young, and helping the poor.

The Mission depends on donations and young volunteers …
Let’s send Bro. Gregory a surprise anniversary gift this year by donating even more !!
How about everyone donating something, per ability, just to show we all appreciate?
It would also be rewarding to reach out, encouraging all our schoolmates to participate.

Recent news out of Africa shows Bro. Gregory is trying desperately
To get the proper medical treatment for an 11-year-old boy
With a baseball-sized cancer on his neck ( view Worldwide Campaign).

Here lies a great challenge for all of us:
Can we let our consciousness venture beyond our comfort sphere of I - Me - My - Mine,
To soar to the ether riding on the world-revolving caring altruistic winds;
To make our act of giving to the Marist Mission
As dependable and predictable as the trade winds,
As welcoming as the return of the swallows to Capistrano, and
As relieving as spring rains that renew life?

Thank God for the Marist Brothers - - - Act now!

Bosco Ho (K-66)
Webmaster (based in San Francisco),
With all Regional Coordinators

p.s. If you have fond memories of our Marist Brothers, please share them with us and we will publish them on our website.


Dear Brothers and Old Boys,

I like to give you a brief update as I you have missed some news from me for some time.  The reason is that I was on my home visit to Germany. I made it back to Kenya and to the island of Mfangano just one week ago.  There are a few reasons for my two months stay in Germany. 
1. All the German Marist Brothers who are out in the foreign missions were invited back to Germany for a General Assembly of all German Brothers in the world. At one time, especially during WW II, there were a total of more than one hundred German Brothers in the Mission countries, especially in China, Samoa Islands, South America, Africa.  Today that number has dwindled to  less than ten. The main reason is that few, and in some countries hardly any young people for some decades heed the call to religious life. On the other hand, the fact that numerous young volunteers are coming forward to help our Marist missions for a period of one or more years. 
2. The German Brothers also celebrated their Centenary of Marist missionary work in Germany. One hundred years of service and life history  of a person-- and more so of a community-- is to be celebrated so as to give thanks and praise to God for his goodness.
3.This third reason was for the celebrate of the diamond jubilee of some Marist Brothers.  In 1954 there were fifteen of us who made their PROFESSION, that is, their commitment as Marist Brothers of the Schools (FMS). Out of the fifteen of us, God has already called nine to their eternal home.  These nine persevered in their vocation and died as Marist Brothers. Among these nine is also Brother Rudolf Urban who died two years ago in Hong Kong and is buried in Cheung Sha Wan cemetery with other Marist Brothers. 
In the attached photo four of us are pictured in the front bench at the Eucharistic jubilee celebration in the Marist Brothers` Church in Germany (Nr.1406).
Also in my native village in Bavaria, Germany, my home parish celebrated the occasion in a very lively and happy fashion according to our customs with "Un Papabrass band" for the procession to the Church and refreshments "à la Bavaria"!
I am very happy and grateful to God that HE grants me the health to still be of service to the marginalized youths in this remote area or as visitors often refer to it as a "hardship area". I am deeply grateful to all our loyal and generous Old Boys and all our benefactors for your support.  You make it possible to continue keeping some of our neediest students in our Marist schools, more especially in ST. Martin Technical school, Ramba, and Bishop Mugendi Secondary School. Truly, we are ONE WORLDWIDE MARIST FAMILY !
Ever united in our common mission, in love, prayer and brother hood,
Your Brother Gregory in Kenya, East Africa

SFXC老爺車1(9012) (1 : 1) SFXS壯年組2(清溪)
SFXC老爺車2(vmcc) (0 : 2) SFXS壯年組1(77勁)
SFXC冠軍(米青) (4 : 2) SFXS青年組2(濟貧)
SFXC亞軍(蕉型戰士) (2 : 2) SFXS青年組1(Inner Circle)
兩回合兩校代表隊經過激烈的對賽,總分同為11分,荃濟以21入球對九濟19入球險勝,奪得本屆MSAA Cup.


次回合:十一月二日 荃濟
09:00 - SFXC老爺車1(9012) Vs SFXS壯年組2(清溪)
10:00 - SFXC老爺車2(vmcc) Vs SFXS壯年組1(77勁)
11:00 - SFXC冠軍(米青) Vs SFXS青年組2(濟貧)
12:00 - SFXC亞軍(蕉型戰士) Vs SFXS青年組1(Inner Circle)

SFXC老爺車1(9012) (5 : 2) SFXS壯年組1(77勁)
SFXC老爺車2(vmcc) (0 : 2) SFXS壯年組2(清溪)

SFXC亞軍(蕉型戰士) (6 : 4) SFXS青年組2(濟貧)
SFXC冠軍(米青) (1 : 6) SFXS青年組1(Inner Circle)

首回合:十月廿六日 九濟
09:00 - SFXC老爺車1(9012) Vs SFXS壯年組1(77勁)
10:00 - SFXC老爺車2(vmcc) Vs SFXS壯年組2(清溪)
11:00 - SFXC亞軍(蕉型戰士) Vs SFXS青年組2(濟貧)
12:00 - SFXC冠軍(米青) Vs SFXS青年組1(Inner Circle)

Dear Xaverians @SFX,

Most Marist Brothers who have dedicated their lives to youth education in our Alma Maters are resting in eternal peace at Cheung Sha Wan Catholic Cemetery. A visit to the Brothers' graveyard will be held annually with a name "Piety Recess", indicating our expression of piety towards the reverend Brothers, during this occasion as a recess, or retreat, from our hustling life. It is a chance for us Xaverians to stop for a while and recollect the devotion and sacrifice of the Brothers.

Date: 17 May 2014 (Sat)
09:00am: Coach depart from SFXS
09:30am: Coach depart from SFXC
10:00am: Ceremony start
10:45am: Ceremony finish

If you would like to join this meaningful memorial event, please contact us for arrangement. Registration ends 30Apr. 聯絡陳志平副校長9459-4398、校友黎民健9655-8738
As there are limited seats for the coach, not all old boys can be offered a seat. In such case, you're advised to go there by taxi.

Best Regards,
Marist School Alumni Association (Hong Kong)/
St. Francis Xavier's School (Tsuen Wan) Alunmi Association/
St. Francis Xavier's College Alumni Association

Dear Friends,
The SFXC Alumni Association USA chapter here in San Francisco got the sad news that our beloved teacher Mr. Chan Wai Him (John Chan) passed away on Feb 19, 2014 at home in Milpitas, California. I am sure some of  you knew him well. John was our F1A form master in 1962-1963. Attached is a photo of him on the school album 1962-1963.
FYI... as obtained from John's family is the link to the orbituary.
On behalf of the alumni here in the SF Bay Area, we have sent flowers and our condolences to the family.
John is always in our thoughts and prayers.

Hi SFX Alumni,

Our Fund Raising for Bro. Gregory (Marist Schools) in Kenya has been a bit slow and worrisome, at about half the pace of last year. In order not to disappoint our adopted students we pledge to help, we earnestly ask every SFX Old Boy to donate to achieve our goal of 140 scholarships of US$200 each. We can easily succeed if each of us donate just a small amount. Last year we had exceeded our goal!

The needs and hardships of missions are real - Bro. Gregory's recent email exposed 2 inconvenient truths. 1) He was knocked out of internet communication for a long period because his computer crashed and there was no professional help anywhere nearby. 2) Their students had to do fix-up and maintenance work on their classrooms before the new school year could start.

Please read all about our Campaign on our web page:

Let's not forget the alternatives for those young students not going to the Marist schools will be a life of manual labor in the fields, the markets or on the streets - a life of Great Expectations snuffed out ab ovo!

Please help generously!

Bosco Ho (K-66) Webmaster, with

Regional Coordinators:
Bro. Gregory, Marist Brothers Mission (Kenya, Africa);
Chow Ka Po (HK);
Frank Lau (Australia);
Jobic Yeung (Vancouver, Canada);
Philip KF Chan (Toronto, Canada);
Keith Chin (San Francisco, USA);

Hi SFX Alumni,

A belated Chinese New Year Greetings - 馬年賀歲, 恭賀新禧 祝你和家人馬年事事如意,身壯力健,財源滾滾來!

On behalf of the SFX Alumni officers and  members, USA Chapter, we are glad to report that we had a very successful  Chinese New Year SFX alumni luncheon on Jan 25 in Milpitas, CA. It was great to catch up with many old friends.

Some Statistics:

-  58 guests attended, including 41 alumni from all 3 campuses - Shanghai 1, Kowloon 31  and Tsuen Wan 9.

- Years of graduation ranged from 1953 to 2007;  a  healthy  span of  54 years!

- The honor of having the  presence of our Classical Chinese teacher in the Kowloon campus - Chan Sir 陳維良老師, Mrs. Chan and his son Desmond

- The honor of having the  presence of Father Matthew Koo (S-1953)

- 14 very supporting wives who  helped make our party flow seamlessly  (What are we going to do without the ladies!!!???)

The food was great and most importantly, everyone had fun! It is always  exciting to reconnect with old  classmates  and meet new friends  who share a common root.

Also thanks to Peter Tam (K-69), Donald Chan (K-67), Kenny Lau (K-67) and Bosco Ho (K-66) for taking plenty of good pictures, you can now see the faces of many class/schoolmates you have not seen for years by visiting our website:

In the group photos each participant is identified by his English and Chinese name, Campus and Year!

Our next big event will be our Summer BBQ Picnic. The venue will be held in a nice park  in Foster City. I hope  some of you can join us if you are heading this way.

                             Venue:  Boothbay Park, Foster City, CA

                             Date:    Saturday, June 14, 2014

                             Time:    11:00 to 16:00

Thank you for the tremendous support of the SFX alumni community. We look forward to seeing more happy SFX alumni faces in the future.

Warmest regards,

Officers and Committee Members

Keith Chin 錢國傑  (K-71),  Simon Lee 李杏生 (K-72), Donald Chan 陳發啟 (K-67), Francis CT Wong 王振騰 (K-67), Wallace Tang 鄧偉君 (T-85), Kenny Lau (K-67), Bosco Ho 何國柱 (K-66)

p.s. Please feel free to forward this mail to your other SFX class/school mates.