Diocese of Hong Kong IslandDiocese of Hong Kong Island Diocese of Eastern KowloonDiocese of Eastern Kowloon Hong Kong Sheng Kung HuiHong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Diocese of Western KowloonDiocese of Western Kowloon Missionary Area of MacauMissionary Area of Macau
St John's Cathedral

The Revd Jenny Nam

Born and bred in Hong Kong, the Revd Jenny Nam Wong was the first Chinese woman to be ordained a deacon and then priested in the Anglican Church of Canada 30 years ago (1984,85) and she is on leave from the Diocese of New Westminster. She served in three Caucasian parishes in Vancouver and was the co-chair of Stewards in Action, a diocesan campaign on Stewardship. She also sat on various national church committees on congregation development, multicultural ministry and nominating committee for General Synod in the 1990s. She received tertiary education in sociology (Edmonton), theology (Vancouver, Montreal and New York) and education (Hong Kong). 

She was appointed Honorary Priest in St. John’s when she returned to Hong Kong and served as the first female chaplain in St. Paul’s (boys) College (1986-90, 1998-2003) and later as the Principal of St. Stephen’s Girls’ College (2003-2011). She was active in ecumenical and community activities such as being board member of the Hong Kong Bible Society, Lower Mainland Grief Recovery Society and Hon. Chaplain of the Hong Kong Girls’ Brigade etc. As an educator, she was a court member of the University of Hong Kong and vice chair and committee member of the Grant School Council.

Jenny loves preaching, celebrating the Eucharist, and exercising pastoral care in St. John’s and other churches. She was instrumental in starting the Wednesday evening communion as she was attracted to the Anglican liturgy when she attended the mid week service in Grace (Episcopal) Church in New York City in the early 1980s.

Now that she is retired from being a Principal, she enjoys preparing sermons, (it’s like cooking a meal!) taking courses on Chinese medicine, holistic living, travelling (to places like Iran and Tanzania, including a recent hike up Mt. Kota Kinabalu) and family roots tracing (she had 7 paternal grandmothers) in China, Malaysia and Australia, enjoying the performing arts, people/animal watching.

She is grateful to all the deans that she had worked with, Paul Clasper, David Smethurst, Chris Philips, Stephen Sidebotham, Andrew Chan and Matthias Der and appreciates being a part of the community here at St. John's.