WEST HARTFORD – Father Louis Y. Chow, 85, passed away peacefully on April 23, 2017, Divine Mercy Sunday, at home in Corning, N.Y.
He was born on May 20, 1932, in the city of AnQing, AnHui province, China, the son of Joseph and Cecilia (Chen) Chow. He graduated from St. Ignatius High School in Shanghai in 1951, emigrated to Hong Kong in 1979 and then came to Connecticut. He studied computer technologies and worked at Cigna Corp in Bloomfield before entering Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell in 1983. He graduated in 1988 from Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Md.
Father Chow was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop John F. Whealon on Feb. 25, 1989, at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford. He served in the parishes of St. Joseph in New Haven, St. Francis of Assisi in Torrington and Blessed Sacrament in Waterbury.
In 1996, he entered the Abbey of Our Lady of New Clairvaux in Vina, Calif., before retiring in April of 2001. Father Chow also assisted the late Cardinal Ignatius Kung in serving the Chinese Catholic community in Connecticut. Father Chow translated many volumes of books related to Catholicism and prayers from English into Chinese.
Survivors include one brother, Peter R. Chow of Montreal, Canada, and nine nieces and nephews in Canada, China, Germany, and the United States. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Paul and John Chow; four sisters, Margaret, Agatha, Ann and Theresa; and one nephew.
Archbishop Leonard P. Blair presided at a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. May 2 at St. Brigid Church in West Hartford. Burial was in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford.