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Imperial to InternationalA History of St John's Cathedral Hong Kong$
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Stuart Wolfendale

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9789888139873

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888139873.001.0001

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Imperial Parish, 1850–1873

Imperial Parish, 1850–1873

(p.34) (p.35) Chapter 2 Imperial Parish, 1850–1873
Imperial to International

Stuart Wolfendale

Hong Kong University Press

In 1850, St John’s was elevated to the status of cathedral. The plan for St John’s was as a missionary church and the bishops were missionary bishops. They were expected to spread the Gospel in China while the chaplains remained at home to minister to the congregation. St John’s was governed by the chaplain and trustees. The chaplain’s roles included ministering to a parish and mediating between the trustees. Disputes about memorials, seating plans, organs and furnishings have persisted throughout the years and St John’s suffered financial problems. Pew rent provided some funds, but the extension of the Cathedral required another injection of government funds in 1860s. The extension was completed towards the end of 1872. During this period, Lo Sam Yuen was made a deacon; he was the first Chinese to be ordained.

Keywords:   St John’s Cathedral, Hong Kong, Anglican Church, Chaplain, Bishop, Pew Rents, Lo Sam Yuen

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