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After the requiem mass for Father Naylor at the small chapel at St. Paul’s Hospital.
Fr Deignan, WYK’s longest serving Principal (1978 ~ 1992) put in a lot of effort on his hospital bed in making the video which will be shown at the WYKAAO dinner on 21 Oct. Thanks Francis Yuen (WYK ’70) for arranging and Nick Tsui (WYHK ’67) for filming and editing. https://youtu.be/TZ7-fFbAt6o
“Father is stable…It was not easy for father to digest the sad news about Father Naylor but he is fine. He wanted to attend the memorial service of Father Naylor but we persuaded him to hold a requiem mass at hospital chapel on Sunday instead.”
As Hin Shing said, Fr Naylor never taught us; he came to Hong Kong in 1960.
He came to our Golden Jubilee Reunion celebration dinner in Hong Kong in 2011. One photo Hin Shing
attached to his email shows me talking to him, just the two of us. I remember the conversation.
Before the Reunion, I prepared to publish the 18 letters which Mr Patrick O’Flanagan wrote to me between 1963
to 1966, as a tribute to his beneficence and influence on me. (The article appears in the Features section of WYKAAO).
But I had some gaps in my knowledge, i.e. the year of his passing.
Hin Shing put me onto Fr Zee who referred me to Fr Naylor. I emailed him on July 14, 1999 and he replied
on July 20, 1999. I shall quote the part of his email related to him and Patrick: Continue reading
Dear Good Friends,
Sharing with you an extract of Father conducting mass today. His sermon is:
Christ likes children
In many parts of the Bible children is mentioned.
Hope to teach our children to be loving, honest, humble people when they grow up …
I (and perhaps other friends in the room too) could feel the strong bondage with God as well as Father. After the mass, though tired, Father felt happy and kept on giving us his iconic, sweet polite little smile. Please pray for Father ❤❤🙏🙏