In accord with what Saint John Paul II wrote in the Apostolic Constitution on Catholic Universities Ex Corde Ecclesiae (15 August 1990), where he pointed out that “the objective of a Catholic University is to assure in an institutional manner a Christian presence in the university world confronting the great problems of society and culture” (no 13), the chaplaincy of the University of Saint Joseph endeavours to provide for the doctrinal, moral, and spiritual needs of all staff and students of the university.

The Chaplaincy is responsible for:

  1. Making the Sacraments available to Catholics on campus (Holy Mass and Sacrament of Reconciliation)
  2. Offering catechetical preparation and referral to parishes for those who wish to receive the other Sacraments (Baptism, First Holy Communion, Matrimony, Anointing of the Sick)
  3. Providing personal spiritual guidance upon request
  4. Organising activities geared towards introducing or
    deepening knowledge of the Catholic faith
  5. Supporting the Catholic student society
  6. Offering a visible presence of the Catholic Church on campus and actively seeking to engage Catholic and non-Catholic students in dialogue on important questions and issues common to all


Time and Language: Anticipated Sunday Mass
(Cantonese/English on the alternate week) to be offered at the Holy Cross Chapel (Illa Verde Campus) every Saturday at 5 pm starting from 5th November 2022, except Holy Week.

11/5/2022 廣東話 Cantonese
11/12/2022 英文 English
11/19/2022 廣東話 Cantonese
11/26/2022 英文 English

12/3/2022 廣東話 Cantonese
12/10/2022 英文 English
12/17/2022 廣東話 Cantonese
12/24/2022 英文 English
12/31/2022 廣東話 Cantonese

1/7/2023 英文 English
1/14/2023 廣東話 Cantonese
1/21/2023 英文 English
1/28/2023 廣東話 Cantonese

2/4/2023 英文 English
2/11/2023 廣東話 Cantonese
2/18/2023 英文 English
2/25/2023 廣東話 Cantonese

3/4/2023 英文 English
3/11/2023 廣東話 Cantonese
3/18/2023 英文 English
3/25/2023 廣東話 Cantonese

4/1/2023 英文 English
4/15/2023 廣東話 Cantonese
4/22/2023 英文 English
4/29/2023 廣東話 Cantonese

5/6/2023 英文 English
5/13/2023 廣東話 Cantonese
5/20/2023 英文 English
5/27/2023 廣東話 Cantonese

6/3/2023 英文 English
6/10/2023 廣東話 Cantonese
6/17/2023 英文 English
6/24/2023 廣東話 Cantonese


Time: Before each Holy Mass or by appointment
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Please feel free to write to any one of the above chaplains, or simply call +853 8592 5699.
You may also contact Sister Maria Shan Dao Zhi Mu, SSVM
Cantonese/Mandarin, English

Fr. Cyril Jerome Law, Jr.

Languages: Cantonese/Mandarin, English, Italiano

Fr. José Mario O Mandia

Languages: English, Tagalog, Cantonese, Español

Fr. Rafael Gemelli Vigolo, MCCJ

Languages: Português, English, Cantonese

What is a Chaplain?

The word chaplain 校牧 (a priest dedicated to serving a particular group of people 專職司鐸) is related to the French word chapelle (chapel in English; a small church 小堂). And the word chapel is related to the cape (cloak) of St. Martin of Tours 聖 瑪 爾 定 (316-397), a soldier who became a bishop. Legend has it that Martin had his soldier’s cape cut in half to share with a poor beggar who was later identified to be Jesus in a dream. “The priest who cared for the cloak in its reliquary was called a cappellanu, and ultimately all priests who served the military were called cappellani. The French translation is chapelains, from which the English word chaplain is derived.” (Retrieved from

What do the Chaplains do?

First and foremost, the Chaplains pray for you and your family (while you are having classes and your family are working or doing household chores)!

El Greco (Δομήνικος Θεοτοκόπουλος), Saint Martin and the Beggar, 1597-1599, NGA 1164 on the left.


Let us now make our prayer to our Heavenly Patron, Saint Joseph:

Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer,
Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To you God entrusted his only Son;
in you Mary placed her trust;
with you Christ became man.

Blessed Joseph, to us too,
show yourself a father
and guide us in the path of life.
Obtain for us grace, mercy and courage,
and defend us from every evil. Amen.


Chaplaincy Office: Basement, Residential Building, Ilha Verde Campus
Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact or call +853-85925699.

Last Updated: April 6, 2023 at 11:19 am