Father Norbert Choong

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Choong, Father Norbert

Our dearly beloved Priest, brother, Uncle, cousin and Friend Fr. Norbert Patrick Kai Chong Choong, 80, died April 21, 2017. He was born June 6, 1936 in Ipoh, Malaysia he was the son of the late Paul Dominic Choong and the late Maria Tsung soo Khuan Choong.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, George Choong, John Choong, and Joseph Choong, and two sisters, Magdalene Choong, and Elizabeth Choong.

He is survived by nine brothers and sisters, Phillip Choong, Josephine Choong, Theresa Choong , and Francis Choong from Malaysia; Michael Choong, Agnes Choong, Mary Choong, and Augustine Choong from Toronto Canada, and Nicholas Choong from Australia.

After completing his secondary education Norbert attended the Police College in Kuala, Lumpur. He graduated as a police inspector. He served in various appointments in the police force over 10 years. His last post was a Law instructor at the police training college in Kuala, Lumpur.

Norbert attended General Seminary- Penang, Malaysia from 1967-1971. Council of legal education London, England 1972 to 1975. Assumption Seminary Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas 1982 to 1984.

He was ordained on December 28, 1984 in the Diocese of Amarillo, Texas by Bishop Leroy Matthiesen at St. Joseph Parish. He was assigned to St. Joseph's Parish as Parochial Vicar on January 1, 1985. Father was Pastor of Immaculate Conception Church in Dimmitt, Texas from July 1989 to June 1993. Father served in the Santa Fe Diocese at many parishes throughout Albuquerque celebrating Mass for the past 14 years. Father had a gentle, patient, loving spirit that reached out to everyone. He was known for his jokes and stickers!!!! He was available to help whenever needed.

He faithfully celebrated Mass for 10 years on the 1'st Saturday at Gate of Heaven Chapel. He helped Lily Stafford open "Hidden Treasures" in 2005, a home for women, and children caught in domestic violence. He personally supported it for 3 1/2 years. We will miss your encouragement, joy, and deep concern for us all. You have taught us so much by your life! You truly have been a beacon of Christ light and love.

A Visitation will be held from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Friday, April 28, 2017 at the Shrine of St. Bernadette Catholic Church, 11509 Indian School Road NE Albuquerque. A Rosary will be held at 7:00 pm on Friday, April 28, 2017 also at the Shrine of St. Bernadette.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:00 am on Saturday, April 29, 2017 also at the Shrine of St. Bernadette.

A Reception will follow the Mass in the Parish Hall at the Shrine of St. Bernadette.

Interment will follow the reception at 12:00 noon at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 7999 Wyoming Blvd NE Albuquerque.

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Arrangements have been entrusted to:

Daniels Family Funeral Services,

Wyoming Chapel

7601 Wyoming Blvd. NE

Albuquerque, NM 87109


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Published in Albuquerque Journal on Apr. 27, 2017
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