Daily Archives:July 6th, 2017

OFS delegates gather for inaugural elective national chapter

The new office-bearers take their pledge before the delegates at Mass, St Pius X Bundu Tuhan, 11 June 2017.

PURAK, Papar – Seventy-one delegates of the Secular Franciscan Order (OFS), and their Spiritual Assistants (four FSICs) gathered at Bundu Tuhan Retreat Centre for their first Elective National Chapter on 9-11 June 2017.

The delegates came from Sabah and West Malaysia for this historic event, which was graced by the General Minister, Tibor Kauser, ofs and the General Spiritual Assistant, Friar Alfred, ofm Conventual from Rome.

Father Paul Lo, Spiritual Adviser for Lay Apostolate Movements for KK Archdiocese, presided the opening Eucharistic Celebration Jun 10.

Besides the inputs by the General Minister and the General Spiritual Assistant, the highlight of the event was the Election of the National Council presided by the General Minister.

The result of the election was: 1) National Minister – Marina Anjuman, ofs, 2) Vice National Minister – Devasagayam Arokiasamy, ofs, 3) Formator – Petronella Munting, ofs, 4) Secretary – Harry Lawrence Bangguan, ofs, and 5) Treasurer – Bibiana Cecil Pakang, ofs.

This council will be effective for a term of three years.

This was the first National Elective Chapter as it is now formed as an Emerging National Fraternity, dividing the former Emerging National Fraternity of Malaysia- Singapore into two.

The newly formed emerging National Fraternity creates the possibility of an appropriate communication with the CIOFS (Conference of International Order of Franciscan Seculars) and the Presidency of the International Council of the Secular Franciscan Order.

In Sabah there are nine canonically established Fraternities and in West Malaysia, six. The members are looking forward to the canonical establishment of three upcoming Emerging Fraternities.

For now, the top priority of the National Council is to edit the proper National Statutes responding to the needs of the OFS reality. – Marina Anjuman, ofs

Two Sabahans to make solemn profession as OFMs

File photo: Friar Aiden Peter (L) and Friar Cruzender Alex (R)

PENAMPANG – Two Sabahans will make their solemn profession of religious vows as members of the Order of Friars Minor (Franciscan) on Saturday, 9 Sept 2017, at the Sacred Heart Cathedral Kota Kinabalu.

Archbishop John Wong will officiate the ceremony within the Eucharistic celebration at 10 am.

The two friars are Aiden Peter Jr of Tawau and Cruzender Alex of Kota Kinabalu.

The Order of Friars Minor (OFM) is a mendicant religious order founded in 1209 by St Francis of Assisi.  It is considered to be the successor of the original Franciscan Order within the Church and is the largest of the three contemporary  First Orders within the Franciscan movement, the others being the Capuchins and Conventuals.  In its current form, it is the result of an amalgamation of several smaller orders completed in 1897 by Pope Leo XIII.

The OFMs came to Singapore in 1957.   Currently, there are four houses under the Custody in Malaysia-Singapore-Brunei.  The houses are found in Singapore: St Anthony Friary and Greccio Friary; in Sarawak: St Francis Friary; and in Johor: St James of the Marches Friary.

The Friars are animated by the Franciscan spirit and strive to live out the call to fraternity and Gospel witness in work, study, prayer, and hospitality.

Aside from Aiden and Cruzender, there are two other Sabahan postulants – Lawrence Ajoh and Nelson Evarinus – in initial formation at the St Anthony Friary Singpapore.

Third Inanam lad to be ordained priest

Bingkasan (front 2nd from L) poses with his co-deacons and ordaining prelate after the diaconal ordination, 29 Oct 2016, Quezon City Philippines.

PENAMPANG – Come September 1, St Catherine Inanam will host its third priestly ordination ceremony.

Jesuit Deacon Leslie Bingkasan will be ordained priest at the Inanam church at 10:00 am by Archbishop John Wong.

Born on 27 Apr 1977, Leslie is the eldest in a brood of four boys and one girl born to Joseph Bingkasan and Mary Sodikit of Kg Kionsom Inanam.

Educated at SRJK (C) Yick Nam Inanam (1984-1989), Tshung Tsin (1990-1995), and Institut Sinaran (1996-1998), the ordinand was taking a course in microbiology at the University Malaya (1996-2002) when he resigned and worked as a journalist at the Herald Catholic Weekly (2002-2004).

He entered the Society of Jesus in 2004 and took his first vows in 2006.  After his theological studies at the Loyola School of Theology, Ateneo de Manila University, he was ordained deacon at the university church on 29 Oct 2016.

He will be the fifth Jesuit from Sabah, and the second from KK Archdiocese – the others being Father Peter Kim of Tawau (D), Father Joseph (Jojo) Fung of Kota Kinabalu, Father Justin Joannis of Kuala Penyu, and Father Alberto David of Keningau.

Leslie will also be the third person to be ordained priest in Inanam after Father Patrick Erik Jerome (1991) and Father Maxmillianno Hontor (2014).

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