Below is the latest update from Fr Foster's niece Maria which was forwarded to us by Sennen Chiu on 17 Dec 2016.
Dear Sennen - Johnny (Foster) received your Christmas
Card. Thought I'd send you an update in his condition. Unfortunately about 2
weeks ago he got out the front door of the house and had a fall outdoors. He was
found quickly and ambulance called. He is still in hospital. He didn't damage
any bones but the incident brought to notice that the Salesians were no longer
in a position to keep him safe given his deteriorating condition. We had a
family meeting with his medical team today & all agreed he now needs 24 hour
care. He will stay in St. James Hospital until a suitable home is found for him
Physically he is fine given his heart
condition etc. Fully alert but doesn't make much sense most of the time. He is
on a secure ward in the hospital with a 24 hour attendant in the 4 bed room.
Very comfortable. He probably won't be moved to a nursing home for about 4 weeks
given the Christmas season. Plus I have a bit of paperwork to do for that.
Please let the old boys network know that he will no longer be residing at
Below is an email from Sennen Chiu (1964) to Ben Lau on 1 July 2015.
I went to visit Fr Foster yesterday
in Dublin at Salesian House, Crumlin. I attach a couple of photos for you to
see Father’s latest look and expressions. He looked well and connected well in
our conversations. It is, however, with some sadness that old age has caught up
with him (at last); and that came with a degree of dementia. It is not my
intention to issue a bulletin of his present status. I have discussed with his
niece, Maria, of whom a lot of us know and who has spent endless hours taking
charge of Father’s general welfare, to inform you of the following. She has no
objections to you passing on his latest to others who want to know his current
I believe Fr Johnny will be 88 this
year. His fond memory of Hong Kong is well illustrated by his consistent
referral to his happy days in Hong Kong. Sometimes, he still wishes that he
could find an excuse to visit Hong Kong one last time. This happens during
whatever conversation he could be engaged in. Long term memories die hard. Sadly,
a lot of times he struggles to recognise people/relations he loved and cared
for so ardently in the past. His mobility is fairly restricted. After his fall
in the road some months back, he is no longer allowed to go out on his own and
he is not able to celebrate Mass on his own.
Having said all that, he sounded
very happy when we talked. Maria is content that Fr Johnny is well looked
after. Financially, Salesians see to all necessary expenses. As in the case of
Fr Deane, Salesians treat everyone fairly and equally. If there is any future
need in this regard, Maria will let us know what to do. In the meantime, Maria
advised that please do not send Fr Johnny any personal financial gifts.
Father does not open mail any more.
Maria does open them (and any cards) and read them aloud to Father. Please keep
If I have any future updates, I will
forward same to you.
I am sure we all pray for Father in
our own ways.
Yours in Christ