St. Joseph’s Church was established by Rev. Timoleon Raimondi, the last prefect and the First Vicar Apostolic.  The construction of the church was attributed to the dedication and efforts of many parties, including the Hong Kong Government, local Christian communities as well as the Jewish agencies. Officiated and blessed on 20.11.1872, it represented one of the only three remaining Catholic churches at that time, the other two being the Immaculate Conception Church at Wellington Street and the St. Francis Church in Wanchai.

However, this Church was completely swiped off by a severe typhoon in September 1874. The redeveloped building was completed in 1876. Yet it was not until 25.1.1949 it was erected as the St Joseph Parish.

Given its prime location in Central district and well served by major road network, as well as in close proximity to the Botanical Garden and key government administration offices, St Joseph Church enjoys a strategic geographical location second to none. Hence it becomes a popular venue for prayer and worship for tourists and visitors.  The church offers ten masses on every Sunday and three daily masses, making it perhaps the busiest Catholic Church in Hong Kong. 

Basic info
Address 37 Garden Road, Hong Kong
Telephone (852) 2522-3992, (852) 2525-2629
Fax (852) 2537-7463
Email [email protected]
Website URL
Architectual Design
HK Historic Building Grading
Names of Chapels in Parish
Parish Priest Rev. Joseph Tan Lei Tao, SVD
Assistant Parish Priest Rev. James D. McAuley, MM
Sunday Mass English: 7 am, 8 am, 9 am, 10 am,11:30 am, and 6 pm.
Tagalog: 1 pm, 2:30 pm, and 4 pm.
Family Mass (English): 9 am at St. Joseph’s College.
Anticipatory Mass Saturday 4:30 pm (Cantonese) , 6 pm (English)
Weekday Mass Monday to Friday (English): 7:45 am, 12 noon, 6 pm
Saturday (English): 7:45 am
Tuesday (English): 10 am (from September to June) St. Joseph’s Ladies’ Guild Mass
First Friday (English): 6 pm (Mass with Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament)
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