WYKAAO 35th Anniversary Celebration Dinner

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Fr Deignan Update 10 Oct 2018 (F. Yuen ’70)

“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.”

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In Memory of a Great Teacher – Carmel Tse (’75)

In memory of a great teacherFr Naylar

Teachers have students, good teachers have learners, and teaching gods have disciples. That was the summary of my teaching philosophy I recently presented at the Harvard Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning.

I was one of the few lucky ones who had a teaching god as my form master. Almost 45 years after being taught by the late Father Harold Naylor, S.J., I find what I recently learned at Harvard was already practised by Fr. Naylor almost half a century ago. He was not just a high school teacher, he was a reflective practitioner. He was a pioneer on modern teaching concepts, he encouraged intrinsic motivation, he created an inclusive teaching environment and built student rapport, he engaged students in active learning and connected knowledge with real life, he used formative feedback, the list goes on.

For example, when teaching biblical studies, we were taken to the Buddhist Temples and Muslim Mosque. When teaching biology, on the first day of class, we were told to draw on a piece of blank paper a naked man and a naked woman. I remembered one of our more artistic students drew an almost naked man with a fig leaf covering the genital part. Fr. Naylor just tore up the sheet and asked him to draw again, a NAKED man. He made almost every one of us a member of the Conservancy Association. He made us to debate and disagreed with our peers.
If there is a Church of Teaching, the best teachers can almost be canonized as saints and those who preach their teachings are disciples. The Catholic church canonized some great teachers. As a former student of Wah Yan Kowloon, one of the two Jesuit schools in Hong Kong, I was told the order’s founder St. Ignatius of Loyola was a really good teacher. The rival de La Salle schools claimed their founder Saint Jean Baptiste de la Salle was the patron saint of all teachers. Saint Thomas Aquinas was touted as the patron of ALL universities and students.
I last saw the father a few years ago when I visited Hong Kong. Even though he was suffering from Parkinson’s Disease, he insisted on saying mass in Cantonese at Wah Yan’s St. Ignatius Chapel. That day, I had the last communion delivered by the late father.

Fr. Naylor will be missed, but his teaching spirit is eternal.

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《Fr Naylor》__ Yu Fong-Ying (61)

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

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《願魏志立神父主懷安息》__ 陳瑞文 (71)

《願魏志立神父主懷安息》

願天父迎接
魏志立吾師
志尚行博愛
立心善無私
神人皆稱頌
父恩澤布施
主寵召回歸
懷抱榮耀時
安然離俗世
息勞享天飴

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WYKAAO 35th Anniversary Celebration Dinner

Join us for a special evening marking the 35th Anniversary of Wah Yan College Kowloon Alumni Association of Ontario.

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Date: October 21 (Sunday)
Time: Reception 6pm / Dinner 7pm
Venue: Premiere Ballroom & Convention Centre
Ticket: $88 per person
Attire: Semi-formal

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We will look back at some of our memorable events in the past, celebrate the milestone and have fun! Click here to register for attending the event.

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中秋節快樂

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Fr Deignan Celebrating Mass 23 Sept 2018 (F. Yuen ’70)

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Father Deignan Update 23 Sept 2018 (F. Yuen ’70)

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 ❤❤🙏🙏

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《中秋有感》__ 陳瑞文 (71)

《中秋有感》

朝擁千山暮抱月
南飄湖海北翱雪
英雄幾許見白頭
玉壺冰心存氣節

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