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This Easter, the magic returns to Queens Hall as the Crazy Catholic and
D C Shell Theatre take you, your family and friends back to Fairy Land!!
From the producers of Rapunzel, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty,
Snow White, Rumpelstilskin, Red Riding Hood, Bollywood and Phantom of the NAPA
comes a brand new play based on the story by the Brothers Grimm.
Another memorable show for the entire family,
written and directed by the Crazy Catholic.
You are invited to fairyland - Magic,
Romance, Comedy and Non-Stop Fun
Please add us!
D C SHELL THEATRE
and CRAZY CATHOLIC
Don't dream... come!
GOOD FRIDAY 18th April - 7.30 p.m.
GLORIA SATURDAY 19th April - 4.30 p.m.
EASTER SUNDAY 20 April - 6.30 pm
EASTER MONDAY 21 April - 5.30 pm
HOLY THURSDAY 17th April - 8.30 p.m.
OPENING DAY: 2 persons on 1 ticket ($150)
BUY 1 TICKET: Get 1 ticket free ($185)
Produced by D C Shell Theatre
Pioneers in Family
Fairy Tales, Bollywood
& Clean Comedy.
Queens Hall Box Office opens from
14 April at 11am daily 624-1284, 621-5104
732-5796, 683-6496, 796-4272, 750-0104
Catholic priest Father Richard Ho
Lung, the so-called "reggae priest"
who led the religious order The Mis-
sionaries of the Poor which he found-
ed in 1981 in Kingston, Jamaica, has
recently stepped down as head of that
After more than three decades, Fr
Ho Lung is being replaced by Brother
Augusto Silot Junior. Br Augusto comes
from the Munroe Mission in North
Carolina, USA, where he served as
Augusto will serve a two- to three-
year term before the title passes to
someone else. Augusto says Fr Ho
Lung decided to step aside because he
wanted to pass on the responsibility
and leadership to the younger gener-
Fr Richard Ho Lung is a popular
Jamaican poet, teacher, musician and
priest who at one time, taught literature
at the University of the West Indies
in his spare time.
He was born to Chinese parents on
September 17, 1939, in Richmond, St
Mary. His father and mother were born
in Hong Kong, but came over to
Jamaica as immigrants. His family was
so poor that as a child he remembers
one small cup of rice being passed
around for dinner to be shared by him,
his parents and his two sisters and
Fr Ho Lung was educated by the
Franciscan sisters in Kingston and then
by the Jesuits at St George s College.
After completing his studies at St
George s, in 1959, he joined the Society
of Jesus, a respected religious order.
Ho Lung was ordained to the priest-
hood on July 4, 1971, and diligently
studied, earning master s degrees in
philosophy, English literature and the-
ology, along with a licentiate in the-
ology and a doctorate in humanities.
He then taught at St George s College,
at the University of the West Indies
and at Boston College in the USA.
It was during his tenure as assistant
parish priest at the Aquinas Center
(1972--1980) that Fr Ho Lung says his
spiritual awakening occurred. He recalls
that time, saying: "I felt that everything
that I had done up until that time had
been somehow hypocritical. I was
preaching the Word of God, but not
really living it."
He felt the call to respond more rad-
ically to the Gospel challenge of his
religion. Surrounded by desperate
poverty in Kingston where the poor
suffered greatly, he says he had a strong
sense that God was calling him to
respond to their cry and to be with
them in their suffering.
He says he was reluctant to take up
the challenge but he knew he had to
obey God s command. In 1980, Fr Ho
Lung left the Society of Jesus to found
a new religious community of men
who dedicated their lives to the service
of the rejected and the destitute.
Serving Kingston's poorest
On July 19, 1981, Fr Ho Lung started
the Brothers of the Poor. Hayden
Augustine, Gregory Ramkissoon, and
Brian Kerr were the first to join Fr Ho
Lung, sharing his vision of dedicating
their lives to the poor. They reached
out to the very poor in the slums of
Kingston, serving the neediest people,
who were often the most forgotten
Fr Richard Ho Lung was associate
pastor of the St Thomas Aquinas
Missionaries of the Poor: Building
Founded by Jamaican Fr Ho Lung,
the members of the Missionaries of
the Poor---a Catholic religious
community in Jamaica---come from
13 countries (from the West Indies,
Central America, North America,
Africa, India and the Philippines).
Members live in the poorest parts of
Kingston, developing a sense of
community. Living a materially
simple and austere life, they own
nothing personally, hold no personal
bank accounts, do not watch TV or
listen to radio, and do not drink
alcoholic beverages or smoke. They
sleep on bunk beds in dormitories,
pray, eat, recreate, study, work and
travel in the community.
In addition to the three vows of
poverty, chastity and obedience, the
Missionaries of the Poor take a
fourth vow of free service to the
least of their brothers and sisters.
Through this vow, none of the
brothers receives any salary or
payment for services. These services
include hands-on care of the
homeless, orphans, elderly and sick
in care centres, where they provide
food and drink, clothing, shelter and
basic medical care.
In addition to their community
work, the Missionaries of the Poor
members are well known for their
inspirational music and award-
winning shows with a group known
as Father Ho Lung and Friends.
Father Ho Lung and Friends will
soon perform in Trinidad, from
May 29 to June 1, at Napa, where
they will perform a concert called
Fr Ho Lung as a young man. He founded the Missionaries of the Poor in Jamaica in 1981, and has recently
stepped down as its leader.
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