March

this month in history

1888 Msgr Thomas Jackson buys Labuan estate of 33 acres for $2,500.00.
1977 FSIC opens Keningau community.
1980 Joseph Chee, Anthony Lim, Daniel Kong & George Elias attend 1st Asian CCR Convention in Manila.
2011 Death of Fr Edmund Prendergast mhm

March 1

1995 Death of Sr Marie Joseph (Margaret) Meegan fmsj, 88, Blackburn England

March 2

1991 1st profession of FSIC Novices Martha Kuak (Tambunan), Rita Baduk (Penampang), Veronica Basalan (Penampang), Mathilda Gomuru (Penampang), Aileen Andau (Bundu Tuhan), St Paul Dontozidon, officiated by Bp Lee
1995 Seminar for Keningau Diocesan Pastoral Council by Fr Manny Guazon
Course on Christian Initiation & Pastoral Liturgy by Fr Ronald J Lewiski, BTRC March 2-5
1996 Final profession of Srs Aileen Andau & Mathilda Gomuru, Penampang.
2002 Seminar on Familaris Consortio by Fr Fundes Motiung, CDC.

March 4

1975 Bishop Peter Chung leaves Sabah to become Bishop of Kuching.
1995 Blessing of Sibuga cemetery Sandakan by Fr Tobias Chi

March 5

1999 PRW in KK/Limbahau/Papar March 5-7
2016 Inaugural Social Communication Commission (2016-2018) meeting under Datuk Joseph Leong, CAC
2017 Rite of Election SHC
Death of Fr John Rooney mhm

March 6

1982 Formation of State Vocation Team in Tg Aru w/ Fr Ben Basintal as chairman
2016 640 Chinese-speaking pilgrims enter Holy Door at SHC led by Abp Wong

March 7

1980 1st Kadazan mini camp in Ranau March 7-9
1998 La Salle/Sacred Heart Alumni Association symposium facilitated by La Salle Brs John D’Cruz and Vincent Corkery, Rasa Ria Resort Tuaran March 7-8.
2004 DSCC roadshow in Limbahau
2017 Death of Sr Diana Eing fsic, 50, of cancer

March 8

1903 Death of Fr Anatole van der Broek mhm
1993 Seminar on social teachings of the Church by La Salle Brs Anthony Rogers & John D’Cruz, BTRC March 8-10

March 9

1928 Death of Fr Bernard Mulder mhm
1973 Fr Schoor leaves Sabah for good.
1976 Seminar on Responsible Parenthood & Natural Family Planning (NFP) by Sr Rosaline Chan fmm
1977 Formation of PAX Youth Commission under Daniel Kong
1989 Formation of PAX Bible Commission
1990 East Coast Regional Eucharistic Congress in Tawau March 9-11
1998 Death of   Br Brendan Dunne fsc, 84, in Hong Kong
2002 Start of Little Rock Scripture Study seminar for facilitators SHPC

March 10

1958 St Michael Secondary School formally registered with Education Department
1973 Bishop Chung visits Ranau District March 10-12
1996 Inaugural Mass for hearing-impaired parishioners by Fr Alex Jimsy, St John Tuaran

March 11

1996 Public profession of faith by 36 members of SH Neo-catechumenal community March 11-26
1998 Death of Sr Teresa of Jesus ocd, 78
2017 Red Mass Stella Maris Tg Aru

March 12

1880 Death of Msgr Cuarteron in Cardiz Spain
1900 Death of Fr Bernard Wensink mhm
1989 Thieves broke into Good Shepherd Church Manggatal
1994 2nd Keningau Pastoral Assembly Toboh March 12-14
2003 Meeting to look into future of mission schools in Sabah by Christian Church Heads CDC
2016 English/BM Acies led by Fr Alex Sipanul, CMI

March 13

1971 Inaugural seminar for Penampang Parish Council members by Fr W Smit, St Michael Parish Hall March 13-14
1977 Bishop Fung’s visit to Kota Belud
1987 Msgr Lee receives his letter of appointment as Bishop of KK
1994 Inaugural Catholic Pastoral Centre (CPC) programme: Becoming Disciples of Jesus Anew March 13-15
1995 Inaugural gathering for members of PAX/Diocesan Pastoral Planning Unit (DPPU)/Diocesan Finance Board (DFB)/CPC/CS/CDC at CDC
2013 Election of Abp Jorge Bergoglio sj of Buenos Aires to the papacy
2016 640 Chinese-speaking pilgrims enter Holy Doors of St Patrick Membakut and Holy Rosary Limbahau

March 14

1960 Death of Fr Bernard Davis mhm
1981 Seminar for readers & commentators by Peter Thien & John Tham, SHC March 14-15
1987 Scripture & Sprituality seminar by Fr Calpotura sj March 15-20 (15/3 Tawau; 16/3 Lahad Datu; 17-20/3 KK)
1991 Fr Louis Purcell mhm leaves Sabah for good
1995 Visit of Religious of the Good Shepherd Superior General Sr Liliane Tauvette to the local community March 14-16
1996 Fr Jan vd Salm, 66, leaves for medical treatment in Holland
2003 Workshop on Basic Family Counselling Skills March 14-15

March 15

1902 Death of Fr Alexander Prenger mhm
2016 Jalan Murni (from La Salle Junior Block to Senior Block) renamed Jalan Datuk Brother Charles M O’Leary by YB TSDP Joseph Pairin Kitingan

 March 17

1982 PAX seminar on updating of financial management of the Church, Yayasan Sabah
2005 Death of Fr Michael Mewo
2016 Chrism Mass, 7:30 pm, SHC
2017 Blessing, New Block, SM St Peter Kudat

March 18

1966 Death of Fr Arnold Verhoeven in Vrijland Holland
1984 Launching of St Joseph Benevolent Fung by Msgr John Lee w/ Michael Wong as chairman, John Han as executive officer, SHPH

March 19

1880 Mill Hill Missionaries formally take charge of the Prefecture Apostolic of Labuan & North Borneo w/ Msgr Thomas Jackson (2nd Apostolic Prefect), Edmund Dunn, Aloysius Goossens & Daniel Kilty as pioneer missionaries.
1979 Silven jubilee of Br Ben Snoeren mhm
1994 Tawau Lenten retreat facilitated by Fr Peter Kim sj March 19-20
1995 Pastoral visit of Bishop Lee & PAX officials to Papar
1999 PRW in Sandakan/Kota Belud March 19-21
2003 Golden jubilee of SM St Joseph Papar
2004 Golden jubilee of Br Ben Snoeren Bundu Tuhan
2013 Inauguration of Pope Francis’ (Jorge Bergoglio) pontificate
2015 Death of Br Herbertus Gampok fsc

March 20

1976 Bundu Kuala Penyu Catholic Youth Association formed under Sr Genevieve fsic
1982 Foundation stone-laying ceremony of La Salle new school assembly hall by La Salle Superior General Br Jose Pablo Bastorrechea
2016 Chinese Acies, SHC

March 21

1998 Final profession of Sr Bibianah Dunsia fsp, 32, St Peter Claver Ranau, officiated by Bishop Lee; homily by Bp Piong

March 22

1954 Death of Fr Peter Groot mhm
1980 Death of Fr Francis vd Schoor mhm, 67, in Vrijland Holland
1983 Blessing of new St Francis Xavier Kindergarten Keningau by Bishop Fung
1992 Formation of CWL Kudat Zone (Kota Belud, Kota Marudu, Kudat, Tenghilan)
2013 8th Archdiocesan Youth Consultation BTRC, Mar 22-24
2016 Death of La Salle Brother Vincent Corkery in Ipoh

March 23

1990 West Coast Regional Eucharistic Congress (Kad) seminar Penampang March 23-25

March 24

1998 Death of Sr St Luke (Monica) Meredith fmsj, 88, Burnley England

March 25

1993 1st profession of FSIC Novices Diana Eing, Calista Saliun, Genevieve Fabian, Dariah Ajap, Mary How at Dontozidon, officiated by Msgr Piong.

March 27

1977 Priestly ordination of Deacon Cornelius Piong, Bundu Kuala Penyu by Bp Fung
2002 Silver jubilee of priesthood of Bp Piong

March 28

1999 KK Diocesan Youth Day
2004 DSCC roadshow in Limbanak

March 29

1982 Fr Louis Kessels officially hands over the editorship and management of CS to Fr Thomas Makajil SHPH
1987 Blessing of St Jude Semporna by Fr Aloysius Tung
1994 Death of Beatice Ho Nyuk Kyau, 94, mother of Bp Lee

March 30

1988 2nd unit of present Catholic Service Centre bought by KK Diocese
2016 Changed archdiocesan website theme to Iconic One.

March 31

1948 Death of Fr Henry Jansen mhm
1987 5th PAX Raffles drawn.
2016 Blessing of LJCCC Centre Jalan Keramat by Abp John Wong in the presence of Abp Emeritus John Lee and Fr Jeffri Gumu.
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