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Ho Lung looks to Queen Esther

By Dorian Graham
Observer writer

Sunday, October 22, 2017

FATHER Ho Lung and Friends is celebrating 46 years with the musical production Queen Esther.

The announcement was made at its media launch at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston on Wednesday. The proceeds from the occasion will be used the fund the works of the Missionaries of the Poor (MOP), which Father Richard Ho Lung founded.

Unlike other productions, Ho Lung said one would feature a female Bible personality as its main character. Other productions included David, Moses and Jesus 2000.

Ho Lung, a Catholic priest, praised the willingness of Jamaican companies to support the Missionaries of the Poor in their endeavours.

“We could not put on this production without our sponsors,” he said.

Group trade marketing manager of Wisynco Group Limited, Karen Rosen, said the company has been sponsoring the productions for 17 years and looks forward to the event each year.

“Each year we genuinely look forward to being an integral part of the outstanding production of Father Richard Ho Lung and Missionaries of the Poor, and 2017 is no different… We are particularly pleased with the effort made each year to make sure schoolchildren are given the opportunity to see the shows and to benefit from the powerful messages,” she said.

This is facilitated through sponsorship by the Jamaica Urban Transit Company, which provides buses to transport students to the shows.

Clover Moodie, group chief financial officer at Kingston Wharves Limited, one of the event's main sponsors, said: “Last year's restaging of Moses, from all reports and from our perspective, was a success and as such we were more than happy to support once again.”

Ho Lung expressed his gratitude to the brothers at the MOP who committed their lives to the work of the poor, emphasising that: “The works of the Missionaries of the Poor is done free of cost… no brother gets anything, not even a stipend.”

They, along with the newly founded Sisters of the Poor, provide assistance to the elderly, sick, homeless children and adults, lepers, and those infected with HIV.

Their services are not limited to Jamaica, as they have missions in Uganda, Kenya, India, the Philippines, Haiti, Indonesia, and the United States.

“This is my way of spreading the gospel message of love to the poorest of people,” he said.

Queen Esther will be shown at the National Arena in St Andrew on November 11, 12, 18 and 19, with the special school shows on November 9, 10, 15 and 17.