The beatification of martyred Archbishop Oscar Romero on May 23 will acknowledge what has been celebrated throughout Latin America since his assassination at the altar on March 24, 1980, in El Salvador. Romero gave his life as a good shepherd for his flock in a time of persecution. He modeled what a bishop looks like in a church committed to justice for the poor. Romero’s death and the baptism of blood endured by the people of El Salvador during its 12-year civil war (1980-92) inevitably have larger implications for the universal church.
Pope Francis’ determination to advance Romero’s cause for sainthood recognizes this witness. It also reveals the influence Romero is having on Francis’ own goal as pope — to move the global church closer to the kind of church that emerged in El Salvador under Romero, whose story is a road map to such a church. Continue reading
Richard Onsegit: I am a senior trainee of Batch 15 in the Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Department. I’m 18 years old and I come from Kg Dalamas, Paitan, Beluran, is very far from Montfort Youth Training Centre, Kinarut. It takes about ten (10) hours by bus and boat to reach my home. It is a very harsh place to live; we have no clean drinking water during the dry season, and when the place is flooded during rainy season, we do not have food. Continue reading
SUGUD – The Social Communications Commission of the Archdiocese of Kota Kinabalu celebrated the 49th World Communications Day (WCD) at the Church of the Assumption, Sugud, which was hosted by combined youths of St Michael Parish Penampang, Holy Trinity Parish of Inobong and Holy Nativity Parish of Terawi. Continue reading
KOTA KINABALU – Catholic Sabah observed its 3rd Catholic Sabah Day in conjunction with the 49th World Communications Day (WCD) May 16. An open forum was organized as a follow up to the Catholic Sabah Readership Survey two years ago. Parishes from the Archdiocese/dioceses were represented.
Before the forum Fr Thomas Madanan showed a short video clip prepared by the Social Communications Commission of Kuching of the Holy Father’s WCD message for 2015, themed “Communicating the Family: A Privileged Place of Encounter With the Gift of Love. Continue reading
KINARUT – “Through the intervention of Montfort, many have graduated and were able to secure good employment with established companies in Sabah, Labuan, Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia.”
Words fittingly spoken by Archbishop John Wong, who officiated at the 15th Graduation Ceremony May 16 for 65 Monfort Trainees at its Residential Campus in Kinarut, as he shared the joy and pride with Montfort on the occasion. He acknowledged that the Montfort Youth Training Centre (MYTC) has, since its inception 15 years ago, uplifted and empowered hundreds of youth economically by providing technical skill training and character building through their holistic programmes. Continue reading
PORT DICKSON – The 7th Annual Conference of the Episcopal Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerants (EMI) of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei (CBC-MSB) was held at the Marist Brothers Campagnat Youth Centre, Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan 7-10 May. Continue reading
KOTA KINABALU (CS) – 237 neophytes and 267 confirmands from the Sacred Heart Cathedral came, clothed in white garments, for a Fellowship Night at the Sacred Heart Parish Centre May 24 to celebrate the milestone of their becoming part of the Catholic Church. Continue reading
TANJUNG ARU (CS) – Some 600 students including teachers and religious brothers from La Salle Secondary school celebrated their La Salle Day with a Mass presided by Fr Rhobby Mojolou at Stella Maris Church May 15. The day was also celebrated in conjunction with the Feastday of St John Baptist de La Salle, their patron saint, and Teachers Day 2015. Principals and teachers from Stella Maris Secondary school and Sacred Heart Primary school also joined in the Mass. Continue reading
LIKAS – St Simon Parish Likas recently held a three-week Parish Mission conducted by the Redemptorist priests Apr 29-May 24, concluding on Pentecost Sunday during the morning Mass. Three Redemptorist priests came at the invitation of the Rector, Fr Cosmas Lee, to conduct this mission at the parish. They were Fr Joseph Stephen, Fr Paul Kee and Fr Suresh Pushparaj. The mission, themed ‘Renewal through the Holy Spirit’, was aimed to reach out to all parishioners to be renewed and invigorated in our life through the Holy Spirit. Continue reading
When was the last time you had fun?
There’s much fun in religious life. We have fun very often in our community recreation every week. During the recent Christmas and New Year celebration. Besides camp fire, telematch and sports competition, we had Christmas Carol with full band in attendance (all by the sisters!), accompanied by tambourine dance. Continue reading
SIBU (Herald Malaysia)): The 17th Episcopal Regional Liturgical Commission (ERLC) meeting was held in Sibu Apr 20-23. Headed by Bishop Sebastian Francis of Penang Diocese, all the Arch/Dioceses from Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei were represented except for the Dioceses of Miri and Keningau. Continue reading