There are about 353,000 non-Filipino Catholics (as of August 2009) and 130,000 Filipino Catholics in Hong Kong. They are served by 306 priests, 60 brothers and 496 sister. There are 51 parishes, comprising 41 church, 32 chapels and 25 halls for religious service. In education, there are 317 Catholic schools and kindergartens which have about 202,000 pupils.
The organization of what would one day become the Diocese of Hong Kong began immediately after the establishment of Hong Kong as a British colony.
In 1841, Gregory XVI created a Prefecture Apostolic comprising "Hong Kong with the surrounding six leagues" independent from the Diocese of Macau, but under the authority of the Bishop of Macao. The initial need for the establishment of the prefecture was the spiritual care of the British (Irish Catholic)... Read More