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Vocation promo draws 151 youths

KINARUT – This year’s Vocation Sunday saw a big turnout as 151 youths and visitors came for the vocation promotion talk on 7  May 2017 at St Augustine community hall here.

The event was jointly organised by the diocesan aspirants and Friends of St John Vianney (FSJV) with the theme “Here I am, send me” (Is 6:8).

Talks on diocesan priesthood with exhibitions on the priestly life were held concurrently with the talks on the consecrated life by the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception.

FSJV, on the other hand, took the opportunity to organise a mini funfair in aid of the formation of  seminarians and aspirants.

In his homily, Father Wilfred Atin highlighted  God’s faithfulness and love as the Good Shepherd.  He urged the young people to follow the Good Shepherd by considering the call to priesthood and religious life.  He disclosed that there is still a shortage of priests to serve in the outstations and other parishes. He introduced the aspirants, and explained the role of  FSJV as benefactors of seminarians and aspirants.

Seminarian Russell Lawrine showed a video on the diocesan priesthood. He encouraged all young people to consider their calling in life.

Aspirant Xavier Maurice shared his vocation journey and his life at the Catholic Archdiocesan Centre Formation House. Through his involvement in church activities, he has been enabled to say “Yes” to God and enter CAC.

Aspirant Freddy shared his vocation journey as well, describing a sense of fulfillment and the fun aspect of life in CAC.

Franciscan Sister Tina introduced her congregation and its contribution to the Sabah dioceses and abroad while Sister Clara Diana of Kinarut shared her vocation story and encouraged the young girls not to be afraid to answer the call.  She joined the FSIC  in 2013 and made her first profession as a sister this year.  She asked all present to pray for her that she would persevere in her vocation.

During the Question and Answer session,  the speakers were able to satisfy the curiosity of the attendees and answered their questions on work experiences, the need for academic qualifications and late vocations. Timothy G


Religious make last outreach at St Augustine Kinarut

A parishioner looks at one of the exhibits set up in the church hall.

A parishioner looks at one of the exhibits set up in the church hall.

KINARUT – Members of the seven religious institutes made their last outreach visit in conjunction with the Consecrated Life Year recently.  They visited the pastoral community of St Augustine Kinarut on 13 Dec 2015.  Parish priest Fr Fundes Motiung presided at the Mass and welcomed them warmly as he had during their November visit to the Church of the Assumption in Sugud,

In his homily the presider touched on the theme of rejoicing (being Gaudete or Rejoicing Sunday) and said it was reflective of the religious charism as it points to a world beyond this earth.

After the Mass, Sr Jennifer Han fsp animated the faithful on the charisms of the seven religious institutes present in the archdiocese.  She also encouraged the people to visit the exhibition set up at their church hall.  Kinarut Zone Pastoral Committee Chairman Justin Tambud received the token banner from Council of Religious Chairperson Sr Christine Sundin fsp after the animation.  Then all adjourned to the church hall for the exhibition and fellowship.

The present church was blessed and opened on 5 Sept 1993 by Bishop John Lee to cater to a Catholic population of around 3,000 living within the vicinity. Kinarut is a town  located about 20 kilometres south of the state capital, Kota Kinabalu, and is one of the stops on the Sabah State Railway. Kinarut is under the administration of the Papar District but under the ecclesiastical jurisdication of St Michael Parish Penampang.

So far the Kinarut community has been quite fruitful: it has produced two priests: Fr David Sham, Fr Daniel Jomilong; and four religious sisters: Sr Jennifer Han fsp, Sr Marysia Malantin fsic, Sr Anne Roger PKarm, and Sr Agustina Loingan Pkarm.  It has also two chapels under its care – St Paul Bisuang, St Anne Punson – and a third one still under construction in Labak.

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