The Convent Sewing Workshop—Work and Life

“A Place of Quiet Love” 繡閣猶韾 – 絲語繡深情

The Maryknoll Convent, sitting quietly under the arch facing Boundary Street, breathed a life of its own from 1937 to 1970. On and off, it housed a vivacious sewing operation of small industrial scale as Hong Kong developed its manufacturing industries. The Convent Sewing Workshop provided an opportunity to convert local people to Christian faith, an important source of income for the Sisters and the women workers from poor families, as well as a sanctuary for emotional and spiritual support. The women worked from 8 am until 4 pm with breaks, followed by the recitation of Rosary and Bible reading. They learned new skills and to be independent while the Sisters adapted to local circumstances and gradually advanced their mission in Hong Kong.

Watch this video directed by MCS alum Nancy Tong, a renowned film producer and director of Trailblazers in Habits with voice over from Sandy Lamb, a gifted artist and MCS alum herself! We also pay special tribute to Mrs Allison Wong, who through her daughter Teresa featured in the documentary, shared her story as a worker at the Sewing Workshop. Mrs Wong passed away peacefully in Tasmania on 4 June 2022 at the age of 85.

What’s more, visit our exhibition to appreciate the love and bonds of the Maryknoll Sisters passed on from decades through the artefacts retrieved from the MCS convent hidden attic.

About the Exhibition
Venue: Thematic Exhibition Gallery, Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre, Kowloon Park
Period: June 24 – Sept 14, 2022
Opening Hours: Monday to Wednesday and Friday 10am – 6pm,
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays 10am – 7pm
Closed on Thursday (except public holidays)
Free Admission

The Convent has a long history, emanating the Sisters’ spirit of selfless dedication to service. Looking ahead, we are confident that the revitalization program will bring a vibrant new life to the Convent while keeping it closely connected to its past trajectory.