Bishop Yu Chengcai of Haimen diocese, Jiangsu died of illness in Nantong on 18 March 2006 at 2.48 a.m. Bishop Matthew Yu Chengcai was born in Chongmin County, Shanghai on 27 Aug 1917. He was from a Catholic family which later moved to Hongzhuan village, Sanyu town, Tongzhou city in Jiangsu province. From 1931-1937 he studied in Xilei Secondary school in Haimen. 1937-1946 he entered the Xuhui major Seminary of Shanghai. He was ordained in June 1946 and in September the same year he was sent by Bishop Zhu Kaimin of Haimen to study Physics in Beijing Furen University. After his graduation in 1950 he was appointed principal of Haimen Xilei Secondary School. In 1952 he was appointed Archpriest of Chongmin Dagonsuo and in 1956 he taught in Haimen Zuxin Seminary. In November 1959 he was consecrated Bishop of Haimen. Bishop You is a devout religious person, witnessing faith through his words and actions, and serving society. He lived a simple life, was strict with himself and sincere towards people. He often visited parents of priests and sisters who were sick or in financial difficulties. He would also give them financial help. He was concerned and cared for the abondoned, lonely and weak of society. When there were charitable activities to help the poor, he would definitely be present, donating clothings and things. On Christmas 2005 he still asked the young priest of Langshan church to deliver his donation to the Langshan Home for the Elderly, to show his loving concern for the abandoned old people. Bishop You with his words and actions was a model for pastors. He was loved and respected by the clergy, faithful and society at large. Bishop Yu also attached great importance to form the next generation of leaders for the Church. Since the 80’s he has trained 11 priests, 16 sisters, some of whom were sent to other dioceses for important positions. He is concerned with the future development of society so he also trained doctors and doctors with M.A. degree. Bishop You has left us. We have lost a good pastor. This is a great loss for the Church. The image of his smiling face will spur us on to continue with our effort to carry on the works of the Church in China.
(translate by M.S.)