Fr. "Paul" Dong Min Li, Pastor

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Getting to know your Priest!

Fr. "Paul" Dong Min Li was born in 1974, in the town of Laizhou in Shandon province, China.  Growing up he experienced the consequences of the religious persecution in China,  which for over fifty years, let to the practice of religious worship without the benefit of a priest.  In spite of this, the people's faith in God did not diminish nor did it slip away altogether.  Small groups of the faithful would gather together every Sunday to pray rosaries and read the scriptures... the little flame of faith in China was challenged, but it was strengthened as well.  Our hope remains always in the name of the Lord who made heaven and earth.

Paul was admitted into the seminary in 1992, and was later sent by his bishop, Joseph Gao, to Beijing for Italian language study.  Before he finished his studies, Bishop Gao was arrested and the classes came to a stop for Paul.

Meanwhile, Fr. Halbert Weidner, an Oration priest and pastor of Holy Trinity Church in Hawaii Kai, went to China in order to recruit two seminarians.  Neither could come because of visa problems.  Then, he met Paul Dong Min Li in 2001, and sponsored him to continue his priestly vocation in the USA.  In 2002, Paul came to Hawaii and after one year studying English at KCC, he was sent to Rome to complete his seminarian training at the Pontificio Colleggio Beda.  After returning to Hawaii, he received his diaconate ordination on November 30, 206.

Paul was finally ordained to the Priesthood on June 8, 2007, at the Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa in Honolulu.  Over the years, Fr. Paul has served in different Hawaiian parishes, first as a seminarian at Holy Trinity Church; as a seminarian and deacon at St. Philomena Church; as parochial vicar priest at both St. John Apostle & Evangelist Church and at Our Lady of Good Counsel.  He was the pastor of St. Roch Parish, which included St. Roch Church in Kahuku and the mission church of St. Joachim in Punalu'u.  He is now the Pastor of St. Theresa Parish, Mt. View, which includes the mission church of Holy Rosary in Kea'au. 

His long journey has taken him from northern China to Rome, to the north shore of Oahu and now to the Big Island.  We are fortunate that his life journey has brought him to us here in Mt. View, and that he is sharing with us his continuing spiritual journey of faith each day.

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