Jodi-Ann Gilpin, Gleaner Writer
HUNDREDS OF persons turned out yesterday for the thanksgiving service of Monsignor Kenneth Mock Yen, who was remembered as a man of integrity and one who gave impeccable service.
The service was held at the Cathedral of Holy Trinity Church in downtown Kingston.
Mock Yen has had a long and devoted career in the priesthood, last serving at the Sts Peter and Paul Catholic Church in St Andrew.
The Reverend Ronald Thwaites, in his item, spoke highly of Monsignor Mock Yen's selfless service to the society.
"He was indeed a brother and friend and he served well. It didn't matter the race, class or gender, he inspired. He encouraged selflessly," he said.
In his homily, the Reverend Charles Dufour, archbishop of Kingston, encouraged persons to rejoice in hope.
"I have lost a friend, a brother, and a man of God, but I rejoice in the hope that better awaits us," he said.
"Jesus is the resurrection and the life, and even though we mourn, we are here to give thanks for the life of Monsignor, a life which was extraordinary," he continued.
He also pointed out that the country needs to turn to Jesus.
"It should be the priority of everybody to know Jesus, to be touched by Jesus, and to be saved by Jesus. Even though we experience hardships here, we know that we have a God who will never fail," he assured.