Primary Hong Kong news media Sing Tao News Group recently reported that the Vatican just announced the surprising appointment of Stephen Chow as the Bishop of Hong Kong. There has been no Bishop since January 2019, when Michael Yeung passed away after holding the position for less than two years. Chow’s appointment was seen as a surprise since he was not previously mentioned as one of the likely candidates for the position. Chow is recognized as a person with a gentle personality and the intent to facilitate collaboration. The Vatican’s choice appears to be a balance between Beijing and the local Catholic communities. Chow is the current Provincial superior of the Chinese Jesuit Province and is serving as the supervisor of both Wah Yan colleges in Kowloon and Hong Kong Island. He commenced his doctoral studies at Harvard University in 2000 and was granted a Doctor of Education six years later. After last year’s Hong Kong National Security Law took effect, as the supervisor of two schools, Chow reminded his students to be careful about the legal consequences that one’s actions can bring.
Source: Sing Tao, May 18, 2021