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Franciscan Sisters elect Sister Frances Mani as Superior General

File photo: Gifts brought forward by immediate past Superior General Sister Grace Deosing (back L) and new Superior General Sister Frances Mani (back R) at the Presentation of Gifts during the 75th Founding Anniversary Mass at the Sacred Heart Cathedral Karamunsing on 13 Aug 2011.

KOTA KINABALU – The Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception (FSIC) elected Paparian Sister Frances Mani, 67, to head their congregation for the next six years.

They also elected Sister Lilian Unsoh as vicaress, Sister Calista Saliun, Sister Dariah Ajap, Sister Lucy Embayan, Sister Germaine Angkangon and Sister Joan Michael as general councillors.

The election on 7 Dec 2017 came at the end of the 10th General Chapter held at Pace Bene Formation Centre Papar, presided by Archbishop John Wong.

It was preceded by a retreat from Nov 27 through Dec 3.

After the retreat, 47 delegates (45 perpetual professed and two junior professed) remained behind for the General Chapter on  Dec 4-7.  However, all the perpetual professed sisters returned for the election of the new general government on Dec 7.

A General Chapter is a special meeting of prayer and planning held at specified times by religious congregations.  For the Franciscan Sisters, their General Chapters are held every six years since the Third General Chapter in 1975.

This meeting brings together representatives of the Sisters from all the areas where the Sisters minister and live in Malaysia.

The Chapter consists of two parts, the chapter of affairs and the chapter of election.  The chapter of affairs is a time to reflect upon the past six years and assess where the congregation has been and what have been accomplished for Christ and His Church.  Then they take time to plan where their efforts can best be directed for the next six years.    After they have a directional statement for their apostolic efforts for the next six years, they will then elect the General Government who will guide the members in their efforts.

The congregation based in Kota Kinabalu, was founded on 16 June 936. The sisters are involved in parish work, catechetics and education. They also manage a maternity home, homes for the elderly and for poor children, and hostels for poor students.

Franciscan PNH to be demolished to make way for Stella Maris Home extension

Abp Wong poses with the building committee after the rite of blessing, 20 Feb 2017, Tg Aru.

TANJUNG ARU – The Pre-Novitiate House (PNH) of the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception here will be demolished soon to make way for the extension of the Stella Maris Home for senior and infirm members.

Archbishop John Wong officiated the rite of site blessing on 20 Feb 2017 in the presence of the General Government, demolition contractor, the building committee, and several sisters.

The demolition will begin Mar 1 under Tan Ming Yap of Sri Saujana Sdn Bhd.  The construction of the four-storey building will take around 18 months and is scheduled to be completed by June 2018.

The new building will have 40 rooms, one sick bay, and a chapel.

During the construction period,  six of the resident seniors will stay at Loreto Convent Dontozidon while the other two will stay at St Joseph Convent Penampang.

Silver jubilarians renew their vows at Mass

L-R: Sisters Christella, Suzana, Terecia, Carmen, Joan and Lounah stand ready to renew the vows they had taken 25 years ago after the homily, 4 Feb 2017, Sacred Heart Cathedral KK.

KOTA KINABALU – Six Franciscan silver jubilarians renewed the vows they took 25 years ago at the Eucharistic Celebration on 4 Feb 2017 at the Sacred Heart Cathedral here.

The jubilarians were Sisters Christella Lim (Kg Melulugus Beaufort), Suzana Guntabid (Kg Poring Tengah Membakut), Terecia Loukang (Kg Bambangan Inanam), Lounah Pulis (Kg Ramayah Penampang), Carmen Cordova (Taman Damai Jalan Labuk Sandakan), and Joan Michael (Kg Ranau-Ranau Kiulu).

They entered the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception in 1989, took their first vows in 1992 and made their final profession in 1997.  They have served in all three dioceses of Sabah at one time or another.

Archbishop John Wong presided over the Mass which was concelebrated with 11 others including Abp Emeritus John Lee, Bishop Cornelius Piong of Keningau, Bishop Julius Gitom of Sandakan, Msgr Primus Jouil, Father John Chong of Kuching, and other priests from KK Archdiocese and Keningau Diocese.

After the homily, the jubilarians renewed their vows in thanksgiving to God for his faithfulness towards them.

Around 500 turned up to witness the event, mainly fellow Franciscan Sisters, members of other religious institutes, Franciscan Seculars,  family members and relatives of the jubilarians, friends and benefactors of the congregation.

The liturgy was enlivened by the singing of the 40-strong combined choir members from Donggongon-Hubah and St Theresa Tambunan.

In his address after Mass, Abp Wong congratulated and thanked the jubilarians for the services they have rendered to the local church in various capacities in the past 25 years.  He encouraged them to continue their services and urged them to take care of their health.

In her turn, Superior General Sister Grace Deosing also congratulated the jubilarians and thanked all those who have journeyed with them down the years, helping them to grow in their vocation and mission.

After Mass, all adjourned to the parish centre for the reception and entertainment programme featuring stage performances by various groups.

Two Franciscan novices take first vows

The neo-professed (with bouquets) pose with Fr Aloysius Fidelis (L), Sr Grace Deosing, and Abp Wong (R) after the Mass.

PURAK, Papar – Two Franciscan novices took their first vows on 21 Jan 2017 at the novitiate chapel here.

Novices Maria Raani Duanis and Celadiana Jikulis made their first profession at the Eucharistic Celebration presided by Archbishop John Wong with Father Aloysius Fidelis as concelebrant at the Convent of St Mary of the Angels (novitiate).

Superior General Sister Grace Deosing accepted the vows with Sisters Jane  Sandalun and Juanah Saliun as witnesses.

Present at the event were the family members of the neo-professed, friends and benefactors of the congregation, and members of the Secular Franciscan Order.

A week earlier, Postulants Anjellia Gumis, Caroline Pius and Liza Pilek were accepted into the novitiate on Jan 8.

Six Franciscan Sisters to mark silver jubilee of profession


KOTA KINABALU – Six Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception will mark their silver jubilee of religious profession on 4 Feb 2017.

Twenty-five years ago, Sisters Christella Lim of Beaufort, Suzana Guntabid of Sandakan, Terecia Loukang of Inanam, Lounah Pulis of Limbanak, Carmen Cordova of Sandakan, and Joan Michael of Kiulu took their first vows on 27 Feb 1992.

Down the years they all have served the local church in the three dioceses of Sabah in various ministries.

The jubilarians welcome all those who have journeyed with them, who have collaborated with them in the apostolate in one way or another, to join them in the jubilee celebration at 10 am at the Sacred Heart Cathedral here.

Franciscan Sisters hold three-in-one celebration


PURAK, Papar – The Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception (FSIC) held a three-in-one celebration on 8 Dec 2016 at their Pace Bene Spirituality Centre here.

Their patronal feast day – Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception – was held in conjunction with the 138th birth anniversary of their founder, Msgr August Wachter, and the 80th foundation anniversary of the congregation.

In his address after the Mass, Archbishop John Wong touched on the recently ended Year of Mercy.  He quoted Pope Francis: “Mercy cannot become ‘ a mere parenthesis’ in the life of the church.  Her very existence is mercy itself.”

Then the prelate said that since the Franciscan congregation has the biggest number of Sisters in Malaysia [over 100], it meant that the congregation has a “bigger opportunity to portray the merciful face of God” through their apostolate.

He exhorted them to benefit from the guidance of their retreat master, Fr Jerry Lobo ofm, in the preparaton of their General Chapter next year.

In her turn, Sr Grace Deosing, superior general, thanked everyone who have helped the sisters in their monthly outreach to remote places.  She said the 80th founding anniversary coincided with the extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy.

“Our celebration is a year-long celebration with those in the outskirts and peripheries of our lives.  A monthly outreach to remote places: going out of our boundaries to be with them.  Our stay was brief …but enough to be in their midst, sharing God’s word, experiencing their conditions of simple living and listening to their life stories,” said Sr Grace.

Joining Abp Wong at the altar were Archbishop Emeritus John Lee, Msgr Primus Jouil, Father Lobo and Father Aloysius Fidelis.

Other guests included members of the La Salle Brothers, Daughters of St Paul, Franciscan Seculars, and lay benefactors, collaborators and friends.

FSICs welcome two more new full fledged members

The neo-professed (with bouquets) pose with their mothers, fellow religious and the clergy as a remembrance.

The neo-professed (with bouquets) pose with their mothers, fellow religious and the clergy as a remembrance.

TOBOH, Tambunan – The Franciscan Sisters of Immaculate Conception (FSIC) welcomed two more new full fledged members on 16 Jan 2016.  Sisters Lucynia Jeprin and Liza Anggie took their final vows as members of the congregation at Holy Cross Toboh here in the Eucharist with rite of perpetual profession presided by Bishop Cornelius Piong.  The Mass was concelebrated with thirteen priests including Fr Ambrose Atang and Fr Daniel Jomilong of KK Archdiocese and Korean priest Fr Leo Choi.

During the rite which took place after the gospel proclamation, Superior General Sr Grace Deosing accepted the vows, witnessed by Sr Terecia Laukang and Sr Dariah Ajap, and a congregation of around 500 people coming from three arch/dioceses.  The signing of the document by the neo-professed, the wtinesses, the directress of temporary professed sisters (Sr Joan Michael), the superior general and the bishop was done after Mass.  All then were invited to join the reception at the new parish hall.

Sr Lucynia Jeprin was born in Kg Timbou Toboh on 28 Apr 1980.  She joined the congregation in 2007 and made her first profession on 15 Jan 2011.  She will join the community in Melaka-Johor after a short break.

Her third cousin, Sr Liza Anggie of Kg Tondulu Tambunan, was born on 15 Apr 1979.  She entered in 2008 but made her first profession together with Lucynia in 2011.  She will join the community in Tawau also after a short break.  She has a younger sister who will also make her final profession as a Daughter of St Paul later in the year.

Franciscan Sisters celebrate feast day simply

A section of the group photo taken after the Mass.

A section of the group photo taken after the Mass.

PURAK, Papar – The Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception celebrated their feast day on 8 Dec 2015 at their Pace Bene Centre here on a low key.  It also marked the conclusion of their six-day retreat facilitated by Brother Kipoy of Brothers of St Joseph of Congo.  Archbishop John Wong presided at the Mass, concelebrated with Fr Thomas Yip and Fr Thomas Madanan, who acted as their chaplains with three days each.

In his homily, the prelate presented his Advent theme to those present – the Sisters, their lay associates, benefactors and collaborators – and representatives of the other religious institutes, viz is to “read the bible, receive the sacraments, live the commandments, and go and evangelise.”  He also mentioned that the intention of their Founder, Msgr August Wachter, in putting them under the maternal protection of the Immaculate Conception, was to remind them to be as open to the working of the Holy Spirit as their heavenly patroness was.

After the Mass, all adjourned for the fellowship lunch at the dining hall.

FSIC jubilarians have a combined service of 130 years

The jubilarians pose with the concelebrants after the Mass.

The jubilarians pose with the concelebrants after the Mass.

KIULU – This year’s jubilarians from among the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception have a combined service of 130 years.  The jubilarians are Sr Gerard Chong (50 years), Sr Jane Sandalun (40 years) and Sr Veronica Kandaung (40 years).  Their jubilee Mass was held on 10 Oct 2015 in a jampacked St Joseph’s Church here, presided by Msgr Primus Jouil, and concelebrated with Bishop Julius Gitom of Sandakan, Fr Isidore Gilbert, Fr Daniel Jomilong and Fr Max Hontor.  The ceremony began and ended with the beating of the gongs outside the church while the people processed down the road to San Damiano Convent below the hilltop church for the fellowship meal.


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