January

this month in history

1943 All European missionaries interned at Kuching War Camp
1946 Kung Ming School reopens for classes with Thomas Lee as acting principal
1952 Start of full secondary school at Sacred Heart Jesselton
1955 Start of secondary school classes at St Francis Convent Primary Jesselton
1958 Arrival of La Salle Brothers Raphael Egan, Charles O’Leary and Thomas Carney to take charge of Sacred Heart schools
1959 Fr Adrian Grent starts English weekly church bulletin (cyclostyled) at SHC with Anthony Fung
1969 Sr Cecilia Liew fsic takes over from Franciscan Missionaries of St Joseph (FMSJ) as principal of St Francis Convent Primary School
1977 Sr Cyril of Ipoh conducts seminars on prayer meetings in Keningau
1985 Classes commence in Maktab Nasional (2 Form 1; 1 Form 2) – first private Catholic school in the diocese
1988 Opening of SRS Datuk Simon Fung
1997 Pusat Latihan Katekis (PUSKAT) in Keningau renamed Pusat Pastoral Keuskupan (PPK)

January 1

1968 1st World Day of Peace designated by Paul VI
First profession of FSIC Novices Rita Chew & Imelda Angang
1974 Fr John Baptist Yong appointed Educational Secretary for Catholic schools
1979 A storm topples a huge rubber tree on top of PUSKAT’s chapel & classroom
1981 Start of centenary of Mill Hill Missionaries’ arrival in Borneo (1881)
1984 Fr Jan van der Salm takes over as Catholic Sabah editor from Fr Thomas Makajil
1993 Silver Jubilee of Srs Rita Chew & Imelda Angang
1994 Blessing of Tawau grotto by Frs Aloyius Tung & Francis Tsen
1997 Year of God the Son
1998 Year of God the Holy Spirit
1999 Year of God the Father
2000 Great Jubilee Year
2002 Fr Nicholas Ong replaces Fr John Chong as Director of Initiation Year Formation House KK

January 2

1995 Death of Sr Mary Joachim (Joanna) Bryne fmsj, 84, in England
1997 Final profession of FSIC Srs Christella Lim, Suzan Guntabid, Lounah Pius, Terecia Loukang, Joan Michael, Carmen Cordova, Holy Rosary Limbahau
2016 House blessing of Marist Brothers by Abp Wong, Kingfisher Park Likas

January 5

1996 Death of Sr Mary St John (Margaret Mary) Caraman, 85, Burnley England

January 6

1943 Priestly ordination of Deacon John Mary Chin ocd of Sandakan in India
1968 Silver jubilee of Fr John Mary Chin
1985 Formation of SH Liturgical Ministry w/ Francis Liew as chairman
1991 Priestly ordination of Deacon Patrick Erik Jerome in Inanam
1993 Golden jubilee of Fr John Mary Chin
2003 Diamond jubilee of Fr John Mary Chin

January 7

1931 Msgr August Wachter bought Carmel Hill land and all the properties standing on it (nearly 11 acres) from Mr Yong Hoi for 10,000 North Borneo dollars ( on which the Carmelite Monastery, the seminary, St Francis Convent Secondary School, Kung Ming/Shan Tao Primary School have stood, adjacent to then Sacred Heart Mission Jesselton, now Sacred Heart Cathedral KK)
1977 Thieves break into St Michael Penampang & try to open the tabernacle with a changkul
2001 Closing of KK Diocesan Eucharistic Congress, Maktab Nasional grounds Likas

January 8

1896 Msgr Thomas Jackson leaves North Borneo for good

January 9

1942 Japanese invaders enter Jesselton via Beaufort
1948 Death of Fr Cornelius Keet mhm
1966 Priestly ordination of Deacon Francis Tsen SHC Jessetlon by Bp Buis
1983 Vocation Seminar KK Seminary
1988 Blessing of Catholic Diocesan Centre (CDC) Taman Hiburan Jalan Penampang by Bp Lee
1991 Silver jubilee of Fr Francis Tsen
1997 Priestly ordination of Deacon Nicholas Stephen Holy Nativity Church Terawi by Bp Lee
2002 Entrance to novitiate of four Carmelitae Sancti Eliae postulants Kaingaran Tambunan
2016 Golden jubilee of Fr Tsen in Ranau

January 10

1988 Christian Home workshop (Eng) conducted in Sandakan
2013 First assembly of Ordo Franciscanus Saecularis (OFS) Malaysia-Singapore Jan 10-13 Pace Bene Papar

January 11

1985 Liturgical seminar conducted by Fr Leonard Davies mhm Jan 11-13

January 13

1977 Thieves break into SHC & carry off the tabernacle
2001 Commissioning of KK Diocesan Youth Pastoral Team (Youth Commission) SHC

January 14

1893 Arrival of Fr Francis X Duxnuener & Br Simon
2016 Year of Mercy talk for Religious by Fr Dominique Faure fsj. Loreto Convent

January 15

1977 FSIC opens Beaufort community
1987 Liturgical seminar conducted in Telupid by seminarians Martin Wong, Ambrose Aang & Alfred Lombut
2000 Death of Fr Peter Windram mhm

January 16

1967 Fr Michael Henselmans founds St Martin’s Secondary School Tempasak Tambunan
1993 Death of Sr Margaret Mary (Alice) Lai fsic in Papar
2013 Abp Joseph Marino of Alabama appointed as resident Apostolic Nuncio to Malaysia
2016 Final professions of Franciscan Srs Lucyrin Jeprin & Liza Anggie, Holy Cross Toboh
2017 Keningau hosts annual Sabah Clergy fellowship/meeting

January 17

1986 Sr Martha fsic attacked by two masked intruders at St Francis Convent

January 18

1947 Fr James Buis appointed 2nd Prefect Apostolic of North Borneo
1989 Marriage Renewal Seminar conducted in Beaufort Jan 18-20
1990 Death of Mother Immaculata (Cecilia) Ho fsic, first FSIC superior general 1955-1981
2003 Workshop for psalmists in Limbanak Jan 18-19
2014 Formation of Sandakan Human Development Commission
2016 Gathering of Sabah clergy BTRC Jan 18-20

January 19

1993 Death of Fr Martin Benedict Walsh mhm, 85, in England
1996 Death of Sr Mary Dolores (Marianna) Oberhollenzer fmsj, 83, Blackburn England
1999 Priestly ordination of Deacon Rufinus Fan Bundu Kuala Penyu by Bp Cornelius Piong

January 20

1903 Arrival of Fr Henry van der Heyden in Jesselton (Api-Api) & foundation of Jesselton Mission
1977 Reparation Mass offered in SHC for desecration of tabernacle
1980 Daniel Kong & Richard Kok attend youth training session for Asian youth workers in Manila Jan 20-Feb 3
1997 Death of Monica Chok Oi Jin, 80, mother of Fr Felix Chung
2013 Blessing, new chapel, St Simon Likas by Abp Wong
Visit of Doug Clorey, Vice Minister General, Secular Franciscan Order International, Feb 20-23

January 21

1984 Sr Theresa of the Holy Trinity elected Carmelite prioress
1990 Sr Consuelo of Jesus re-elected Carnelite prioress
1992 2nd Regional Bible Commission meeting BTRC Jan 21-22
1993 Blessing of St Mark Labuk Road & St Joseph Multipurpose Hall Sandakan by Bp Lee
1994 Retreat-seminar to echo 21st PAX Assembly BTRC
1999 Priestly ordination of Deacon John Wong in Sandakan by Bp Lee
1997 Visit of Fr Brian Coogan mhm, 72, Jan 21-Feb 18
2000 SHC/CMI/SSC recollection & discernment BTRC Jan 21-23
2013 Abp Lee and Abp Wong pay courtesy call on CM Dtk Seri Musa Aman at his office

January 22

1930 Fr Joseph (Felix) Shek returns to Hong Kong
1976 Death of Sr Mary Teresa of the Virgin of the Pilar ocd, 86, one of the seven Spanish pioneers
1987 Formation of Catholic Women’s League (CWL) Coordinators Body
1999 1st Pastoral Renewal Weekend (PRW) in Labuan Jan 22-24
2003 Bishop Lee & Susan Shee attend 4th World Meeting of Families in Manila Jan 22-26
2016 Bp Cornelius Piong opens Holy Door of Mercy at St Patrick Membakut

January 23

1965 Blessing of new Carmelite chapel by Bp Buis
2013 Fundraising dinner in aid of LJCCC Pastoral Centre Building Project, Putera Theatre Ballroom Bukit Padang
2016 Priestly ordination of OFM Deacon Francesco Basnayake by Abp Wong, Tg Aru

January 24

2013 Installation of Abp John Wong as 2nd archbishop of KK

January 25

1989 First profession of FSP Novice Sylvia George of Inobong in Pasay Philippines
Refoundation of Daughters of St Paul in Sabah
1994 Final profession of FSP Sr Anna Yap and Sylvia George in Pasay Philippines
2003 Blessing of FSIC hostel in Kota Belud by Fr Marcellinus Pongking
2014 Silver Jubilee of FSP Refoundation in Kota Kinabalu

January 26

2008 Priestly ordination of Deacon David Mamat in Tenom by Bp Piong

January 27

1975 Sr St Luke fmsj receives papal award “Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice” from Apostolic Delegate Abp Moretti
1992 House warming party at Bishop Lee’s new residence at Mile 4.5 Jalan Penampang Lama

January 28

1900 Death of Fr Joseph Rock mhm
2017 Lunar New Year (Rooster) Mass SHC

January 29

1927 Mill Hill Provincial Chapter held in Penampang
1999 PRW in Tuaran Jan 29-31
2002 Death of Fr Jan van Velzen mhm, 67, at Dovdvecht Holland

January 31

1973 Refresher & Renewal course for catechists KK Seminary Jan 31-Feb 2
1988 Christian Home Workshop (Chinese) in Sandakan
1998 Keningau Diocesan Solidarity Cup (football)
2016 Closing of Consecrated Life Year SHC
Priestly ordination of Deacon Stanley William St Dominic Lahad Datu by Bp Julius Gitom

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