D. Domingos Lam dies at 81

Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Issue 776, Page 2
Word count: 277
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung

D. Domingos Lam, the Bishop Emeritus of Macau, passed away because of chronic illness at 81 in Kiang Wu Hospital at about 2pm yesterday.

He was admitted into the hospital on May 11 and until yesterday his condition deteriorated and died, according to an online statement from Catholic newspaper Kung Kao Po.

A memorial service will be held this Friday and the venue will be announced later.

Born on April 9, 1928 in Hong Kong and with his ancestral hometown in Xinhui, Guangdong Province, D. Domingos Lam was the 22nd bishop in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Macau from 1988 to 2003.

He was also the first Chinese born bishop in Macau.

D. Domingos Lam received education in S. Jose Diocesan College and Instituto Salesiano and was ordained in 1953.

He was appointed as the Parish Priest of Our Lady of Carmel Parish in Taipa and the principal of Escola Dom Joao Paulino in 1959.

He was transferred to Singapore in 1962 and returned to Macau in 1973.

In 1976, the Pope appointed D. Domingos Lam as the Vicar General in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Macau.

On 26 May 1987, he was appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Macau and succeeded Arquimínio Rodrigues da Costa, the last Portuguese bishop, on 6 October 1988.

In 1996, D. Domingos Lam founded the Macau Inter-University Institute to train Master’s and doctoral students.

The former bishop was also one of the Macau Basic Law Drafting Committee members.

In 2002, he was awarded the Honourable Medal of Golden Lotus Flower by the Macau SAR Government.

He resigned on June 30, 2003 and became the Bishop Emeritus in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Macau.

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