Video: “Temple Street Father”

Hong Kong

Produced by Lea Li for the South China Morning Post

Since arriving in Hong Kong in 1985, (Father) John Wotherspoon has spent his time helping the city’s disadvantaged. The Australian priest (Missionary Oblate of Mary Immaculate) was first posted to a Kowloon parish and on Lantau Island before spending a period of time teaching English in mainland China. In 2009, Wotherspoon moved to a subdivided flat in Yau Ma Tei’s Temple Street in Kowloon to be near the homeless. Over the years, Wotherspoon has earned the nickname “Temple Street Father” for his work with the local homeless and ex-convicts. And at the age of 74, Wotherspoon has no plans to slow down and intends to continue helping Hong Kong’s poor.   (11-minute video)