My name is Kenneth Lao, I was born and raised in Manila, Philippines. I come from a Chinese family and I am the eldest of 6 children. I studied for my elementary and high school in a Chinese Catholic school in Manila. I received my Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) in 1993 and my Master's in Business Administration (MBA) from De La Salle University in 2000 in Manila. Despite studying in Catholic Schools, I can say that I was a nominal Catholic who just attended mass on Sundays. I was very much living in the world at that time. I was looking for love and happiness from the things of this world. I had a conversion when I joined a Catholic Charismatic group in my last year in University. But after a few years of having a personal relationship with God, I started to backslide and went back to my sinful ways. God disciplined me by allowing me to face the consequences of my sins.
In 2002, I had the opportunity to work in China. In my five years of working in China, it was a time of conversion and healing for me. I experienced a deepening of faith in China as I regularly watched EWTN and I started practicing my Catholic Faith. It was in 2006 that I started to have this calling to the priesthood. A sister in China recommended me the Companions of the Cross after she watched Fr. Bob Bedard, the founder of the Companions of the Cross, being interviewed by Ralph Martin in his TV program "Choices We Face" in EWTN. I was advised by that sister that the best way to discern is to try it. So in 2007, I resigned from my work in China and in March of 2008 I arrived in Canada as an immigrant. In August 15, 2008, the feast of the Assumption of Mary to Heaven, I joined the Companions of the Cross in Ottawa. So far it has been a fruitful journey for me. God has been healing me and forming me to become the priest that He wants me to be.
What kind of ministry are you doing now?
I was ordained to the priesthood on June 6, 2015. I currently serve as the associate pastor of St. Mary's Parish in Ottawa, ON.