Our Saviour installs Chan Ong, rector

Posted on September 28, 2010
On September 25, Church of Our Saviour in Oakland celebrated the ministry of their new rector, the Rev. Merry Chan Ong, in a service that honored the congregation’s cultural heritage, its role in the Diocese of California, and in the city of Oakland.

With readings and prayers in Mandarin, Cantonese, and English, the small city church was packed and an overflow crowd watched a video-feed in the parish hall. The Rt. Rev. Marc Andrus preached and presided at the service of institution of the third rector and tenth permanent priest of this 104-year-old congregation.

The service bulletin for the day said of their new rector:

“The Rev. Merry Chan Ong was born in the Philippines to Chinese parents. While there, she earned an MS in Education and an MS in Divinity, and served as a Christian School Principal. She immigrated to the United States in 2002 to prepare for the Episcopal priesthood. She is the founder and director of the after school and summer school programs at two San Francisco Episcopal churches. She attended the Church Divinity School of the Pacific and completed all the required Anglican studies. Prior to coming to Our Saviour, she served as deacon at St. James Episcopal Church, Director of the After School and Summer School programs at True Sunshine Episcopal Church and St. James Community Learning Center, North of Market Area Missioner, and as Interim Vicar at Christ Episcopal Church Sei Ko Kai.

“The Rev. Merry Chan Ong has diverse experience in the skills needed for the rector at Our Saviour. These include administration, management, leadership, program creation, youth and adult ministry, pastoral care, preaching, and motivating and inspiring others. She also has experience in multicultural work, team building, education, music and song. She has a special ability to connect with and guide children and teenagers, and they end up feeling like a member of her family. The Rev. Merry Chan Ong speaks five languages: Cantonese, Mandarin, Fukienese, Tagalog, and English.”