St. Francis of Assisi Church (方濟各堂) in Sham Shui Po district was actually called in Chinese “The five wounds of St. Francis of Assisi Church” (聖五傷方濟各堂).  Its predecessor was actually named St. Francis Xavier Church and located in Kowloon City instead of Sham Shui Po.

Way back in 1860’s, there was already a missionary station along the Kowloon City waterfront.  In 1869, a small chapel was built to serve priests working in China.  To pay tribute to the pioneering Jesuit, St. Francis Xavier, who came to Asia in the 16th century, the chapel was named in memory of him.

In 1930, as the government had to expand the Kai Tak Airport, a piece of neighboring land was offered in exchange for the redevelopment of the chapel, school and dormitory.  The donation came from the Gomes family. In memory of their ancestors, the church was therefore renamed “The five wounds of St. Francis of Assisi Church” at the request of the donors.  In September 1943, the Japanese army occupying Hong Kong wanted to further extend the airport thus the need to demolish the brand new chapel, thus once again taking away the meeting place of the local Catholics.

On the other hand, the Precious Blood Convent has set up the convent and clinic in Sham Shui Po as early as 1930’s, and also making use of the assembly hall for Sunday mass.  In 1953, following the notorious fire in Shek Kip Mei squatter area which rendered 50,000 victims homeless, the government initiated massive resettlement programmes to rehouse the victims.  The Diocese took the opportunity to construct new church close to the fire affected area, bearing the original name of the demolished church in Kowloon City. 

Basic info
Address 58, Shek Kip Mei Street, Shamshuipo, Kowloon
Telephone 2777-2218, 2777-2354
Fax 2776-1289
Email [email protected]
Website URL http://sfac.catholic.org.hk
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Parish Priest Rev. Paul Tam Wing Ming
Assistant Parish Priest Rev. Joseph Nguyen Duy Tam; Rev. John B.Tsang (Resident)
Deacon
Sunday Mass Cantonese: 7:30 am, 9:30 am, 11 am
Anticipatory Mass Cantonese: Saturday 8 pm
Weekday Mass Cantonese: 7 am
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