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Fr. Francis Ching's Lenten Mission

St. Joseph the Worker Parish recently hosted their 2018 Lenten mission: "Living a Discerning Life - The 14 Rules of St. Ignatius". This mission was led by Fr. Francis Ching, who provided practical advice about dealing with and interpreting moments of spiritual desolation and spiritual consolation.

Watch the St. Joseph the Worker Parish Lenten Mission Online:

All of Fr. Francis' talks can be viewed online by clicking the following links:

Lenten Mission 2019 - Embracing Abba Father

Lenten Mission 2018 - Living a Discerning Life

Lenten Mission 2017

Lenten Mission 2016 - Year of Mercy

About Fr. Francis Ching:

I, Fr. Francis Ming Chung Ching, was born in HK in 1972 into a Catholic family. My family immigrated to Toronto in 1986. During my undergraduate studies in Waterloo, I experienced a personal conversion to Jesus and became very active in my faith through involvement with Waterloo Chinese Catholic Community and an annual young adult retreat called Eastern Canada Chinese Catholic Living Camp (ECCCLC). Shortly after, people began to notice in me a possible vocation to the priesthood and encouraged me to pursue it. A confirming sign came in 1997 at WYD and I decided to begin seminary preparation in 1998.

Although I had made a couple of visits and was genuinely inspired by their brotherhood and the worship at St. Mary's, initially, I did not intend to join the Companions of the Cross. I felt that the Lord wanted me to minister to the Chinese communities in Toronto. I began my Philosophy studies in Toronto and explored both the semi-monastic and the diocesan lifestyles. However, I was not satisfied, so I reread the book "We are Called the Companions of the Cross", obtained from a previous visit with Fr. Bob. It was in reading this book that I realized the Lord was calling me to the Companions: everything said in it was exactly what the Lord had been placing on my heart over the years. I joined the community in 1999, and was ordained in 2005. I was born with glaucoma and was diagnosed legally blind. My eye condition was severely worsened four years into my first assignment at St. Timothy Parish in Toronto due to complications. The condition was stabilized after two surgeries and losing the ability to read.