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IY students share vocation stories with neophytes

The neophytes pose with Sr Margaret Shak FSIC (with blue veil) and the four seminarians who shared their vocation stories with them on Vocation Sunday, 22 Apr 2018, Sacred Heart Parish Centre Karamunsing.

KOTA KINABALU – In conjunction with Vocation Sunday, 22 Apr 2018, four Initiation Year students from St Peter’s College here, shared their vocation stories with 26 neophytes from English RCIA class of 2017/2018 at the Sacred Heart Parish Centre Karamunsing.

The seminarians were Brywinedren Godon and Timothy Galisin of Keningau Diocese, Jonathan Seah Kang Wai of Sandakan Diocese and Gary Aquinas anak Boniface of Sibu Diocese.

Seminarian Jonathan started with an opening prayer and brief explanation about vocation. He said one should not be scared but to respond because it may be God who is calling.

Seminarian Timothy shared the story of a shepherd and his sheep. He said, “The shepherd broke the legs of the sheep and then carries it. The sheep will remember that moment.”

He continued, “Are we good sheep? Are we trying our best to follow Jesus? Listen to the Shepherd. Ask yourself. Does God wants me to follow this way?”

Seminarian Brywine then shared his vocation story. He said, “Deep in my heart, I know it was God who called me. It took me one and a half years to see why I refused to enter the seminary. I was waiting for the right moment. This worry became an obstacle to see God’s grace.” He regretted the lost years but added, “Life is about going forward. Make peace with your regrets.”

In his turn, David Tan, RCIA facilitator, asked the neophytes, “As Catholics, are we serious with our vocation?’

There was another vocation sharing before the concluding prayer by this writer. – Gary Aquinas

Gospel text coincides with AVPT visit

Members of the AVPT smile for the camera, 21 Jan 2018, Church of the Visitation Seremban.

SEREMBAN – The Gospel text from St Mark 1:14-20 (Jesus Calls Four Fishermen) on the Third Sunday in Ordinary time [21 Jan 2018] coincided with the visit by the Archdiocesan Vocation Promotion Team of Kuala Lumpur (AVPT) to the Church of the Visitation here to promote Vocation.

The team consisted of two Diocesan Priests: Father Augustine Lee (AVPT Assistant Director) from the Church of the Sacred Heart, Bentong; Father Peter Anthoney from the Church of St John Vianney, Tampin; three Religious Sisters – Sister Roseling Siaw from the Daughters of St Paul (FSP), Sister Angeline Poh from the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (FMM), Sister Santha Mary from the Sisters of the Infant Jesus (IJS) and 5th year Seminarian Brother Michael Dass, who is currently doing his Theology studies at St Peter’s College Kuching.

Fr Lee, who celebrated the Sunset Mass, in his homily said, “Like the fishermen who left their nets when Jesus called them, we too need to do the same instead of clinging on to certain things or matters in life.”

The next day, Fr Peter celebrated the 9:00 am Mass. He said in his homily that the Gospel reading is a reminder to us of God’s constant calling to each one of us. Too often, that calling is ignored because we are so engrossed and busy with what we are doing that we put God aside. The things that occupy our time have become the ‘main dishes’, while God has become the ‘side dish!’ Fr Peter went on to share his personal experience in discerning and answering the call of God to the Priesthood. (Fr Peter and Fr Augustine were ordained on 24 January 2013).

Later in the day, the Religious Sisters and Bro Michael Dass shared their personal experiences in discerning and answering God’s call to the Forms Four and Five students of the Religious Education classes, together with their respective RE teachers.

Various informative brochures on different Religious Orders and Congregations in Malaysia were displayed and the students were encouraged to take and read them.

Discernment is the process of determining God’s desire for one’s life. It could be to remain Single, Marriage, be a Religious or enter the Priesthood. – Paul Peter Fernandez, Herald Malaysia

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


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