Oldest Chinese priest dies at 110

The world’s oldest Chinese priest has died only a few week shy of his 111th birthday.

Trappist Nicolaus Kao Se-tsien from Our Lady of Joy Abbey on Lantau Island, was found “in peace, as shown on his face” by a fellow monk who would help him dress for prayers every morning.

Indian Catholic reports Abbot Dom Anastasius says Fr Kao had lived a contemplative life in the Abbey for the last 35years.

"I feel sad and miss Fr Kao, a dear brother in our community, although Fr Kao had expected this day to come, to be united with God,” he said.

Family and friends of the late priest say they were planning to celebrate his 111th birthday in Hong Kong.

He is remembered as a “kind priest, blessed with longevity.”

Born in mainland China in 1897, he was baptised in 1915 and ordained in 1933. He left in 1949 after the Communist party took control of the country and spent the next 40 years preaching in Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.

In 1972, at age 75, Fr Kao left pastoral ministry to join the Trappist monastic community - formally known as the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance - in Hong Kong, and made his perpetual vows at the age of 100.

Oldest Chinese priest dies one month before 111th birthday (Indian Catholic, 12/12/07)

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