Curriculum Vitae of Most Rev. Bishop Michael Ming-cheung Yeung


The Most Reverend Michael YEUNG Ming-cheung, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong , has passed away due to liver failure in Canossa (Caritas) Hospital at 1:30pm on 3 January 2019, aged 73.        

Year & Place of Birth  :   December 1945 in Shanghai

Date & Place of Priestly Ordination :   10 June 1978 in Hong Kong, incardinated into the Diocese of Hong Kong

Education :

  • D.Univ. (The Australian Catholic University, Australia), h.c. 2005

  • D.Soc.Sc. (The Open University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong), h.c. 2004

  • Ed.M. (Harvard University, U.S.A.) 1989-1990

  • M.A. (Syracuse University, U.S.A.) 1980-1982

  • S.T.B. (Pontifical Urban University, Rome, Italy) 1971-1978

Main Ministries :   

  • Bishop of Hong Kong (From 1 August 2017)

  • Coadjutor Bishop of Hong Kong (From November 2016 – July 2017)

  • Auxiliary Bishop of Hong Kong (From August 2014 – November 2016)

  • Vicar General, Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong (From April 2009 – 31 July 2017)

  • Chairman of the Council of Caritas–Hong Kong (From January 2015)

  • Chairman of the Board of Management of Caritas– Hong Kong (From January 2015)

  • Magistral Chaplain of The Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order Of Saint John Of Jerusalem, Of Rhodes and Of Malta (From 2012)

  • Lecturer in Theology and Philosophy, Holy Spirit Seminary College (From 1986)


The Episcopal Coat of Arms

The top of the shield incorporates the Great Wall of China and the bottom of the shield is a view from Hong Kong Island, to the Lion Rock. These two elements express graphically that we who live in Hong Kong keep abreast of the Church in China.

Within the shield the theme is what is described by St. Paul:“that the Lord does not give us a spirit of timidity but rather the spirit of power and love and self-discipline… So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, but join with me in suffering for the Gospel.”
(2 Tim 1:7-8)

The dove in the centre of the shield represents the life-giving Holy Spirit pouring forth his gifts upon us; on the left a burning heart expresses charity and love, and on the right the scales represent fairness. The book of the scriptures and the palm remind us that we should not fear even to give up our lives in sacrifice for the sake of the Gospel.

As hard as we have tried, and in spite of our achievement, we must go forth. We are not always sure where the road will lead us and there will be many trials and challenges, but the Lord will always be walking with us… after his Last Supper, the Lord Jesus told his disciples: “Arise, let us go forth from here!”(John 14:31). These are the words of the episcopal motto inscribed on the ribbon below the shield, in Latin and Chinese.