Letter from USJ's Rector to Staff and Students on Typhoon Hato 聖大校長就天鴿颱風致員工及學生信



Letter from USJ's Rector to Staff and Students on Typhoon Hato

Dear Staff and Students,

The super typhoon that hit Macau has brought death and destruction in its wake. I would like to express USJ’s solidarity to those who have been personally affected, especially those who have fewer means to respond to such a testing situation.

From our preliminary assessment, we believe that all of our staff or students are safe, and for that we are deeply thankful. In that number, I include the security team at our new campus, where the storm had particular impact.

The new campus has been badly damaged, which means that the next academic year will begin, as expected, in September, but in recovery mode.  However, as Chinese wisdom reminds us: “Success is a thought in the mind / and failure is a thought in the mind. / They have no reality apart from your mind” (Tao Te Ching, 13). This is, in fact, a learning opportunity sprung on us unannounced, not just a setback or an obstacle. Over the next weeks and months, we will work together as an academic community, both staff and students, to solve the issues posed by our move to a new campus severely damaged by the recent storm. But we will also open our minds and our hearts to the community around us in the Ilha Verde district, where so many others have seen their lives and property damaged by the typhoon and the storm surge it brought in from the sea.

As soon as we have made a better assessment of the situation, you will be given indications on how we will proceed.

Meanwhile, our Administrator, Ms. Lavena Cheong, and her team will issue practical instructions as needed and let you know how further information may be obtained.

My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

God surprises us always.

Yours sincerely,

Fr. Peter Stilwell
University of Saint Joseph
Rua de Londres, 16
Macau SAR