Sr. CAZALE, Agnes (Maria Petra) MM
1923 年 1 月 30 日在美國 (U.S.A.) 紐奧良 (New Orleans) 出生
An old China hand in the true Hong Kong sentiment
The Maryknoll Sisters are mourning the death of 91-year-old Sister Agnes Cazalé, an old China hand in the true sense of the Hong Kong sentiment, as she began her missionary life in Wuzhou, Guangxi Province, China, in 1947, before being forced to retreat to Hong Kong where she embarked on a long life of ministry to refugees, students and the development of catechetics.
She made her final profession in Wuzhou shortly after arriving in China 1949 and, following studies in language and culture, worked in the field of catechetics in Wuzhou, Siwang and Luoding, before finding herself under house arrest and forced return to Hong Kong, along with most foreign missionaries on the mainland, in 1951.
It was less than two years since the proclamation of the People’s Republic of China in October 1949, but as a Maryknoll sister in the then-British colony, she spent the remainder of her working life in the service of the people of Hong Kong, making an invaluable contribution to the life of the diocese.
Sister Cazalé was born in New Orleans on 30 January 1923 to Philip Cazalé and Henrietta Lassus Cazalé; one of six girls in a family of seven children.
She entered Maryknoll in New York at the age of 20 in 1943 and was given the religious name of Maria Petra.
Two years of study in Chicago during the early war years saw her graduate from the LaSalle Extension School in 1942, prior to which she had done high school in New Orleans and completed a course in commerce.
In Hong Kong, she served at refuges for refugees in Tung Tau, Kowloon, from 1951 until 1958, and then in Taiwan, at Toufen in Taipei from 1958 to 1961, after which she returned to Hong Kong to the Kowloon Tsai Refugee Area until 1968.
Her final commitment was the centre in Chai Wan until 1972.
Sister Cazalé then made a shift in her ministry, becoming the director of the women’s section of the Adam Schall Hostel at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in Shatin, a position she held until 1977, while at the same time acting as the administrator of the Maryknoll Sisters Region.
She then returned to the Maryknoll headquarters in New York, working in the Development Centre, while at the same time doing studies in pastoral counselling at Iona College and spirituality at the Centre for Spirituality and Justice.
She also completed a bachelor’s degree in community service from the Mary Rogers College.
Armed with her newly gained expertise, Sister Cazalé returned to Hong Kong in 1982 and became involved in spiritual direction and counselling at Our Lady of Maryknoll Hospital and among the students at the Maryknoll Convent School.
Then in 1991, she again moved to regional administration, a job she combined with looking after the archives. In the early part of this century she served as a member of the board of governors and the Hospital Authority Governing Committee of the Maryknoll Hospital until 2005.
She died on 8 April 2014 at the Maryknoll Sisters Home Care IV in New York on 8 April and is survived by two of her sisters, Sister Ursula Cazalé in St. Louis, Missouri, and Rita Lechnar, who now lives in Uniontown, Pennsylvania.
rest in peace.
4 May 2014
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◆ 先賢錄－－香港天主教神職及男女修會會士 (1841-2016), 天主教香港教區檔案處, 2016.