Daily Archives:August 7th, 2017

FSJV launches aspirants website at third thanksgiving dinner

L-R: Anjumal (2nd L),  Abp Wong, Peter Suking (FSJV head), Fr Kiun stretch out their hands to launch the website while Fr Atin (3rd L) looks on, 5 Aug 2017, Bukit Padang.

BUKIT PADANG – The Friends of St John Vianney (FSJV) launched its website for the diocesan aspirants at its third thanksgiving dinner at the Putera Theatre Ballroom here on 5 Aug 2017.

The launch was officiated jointly by Archbishop John Wong, FSJV Adviser Father Wilfred Atin, Project Director Rayner Anjumal, and  FSJV officials.

The website – www. cdcaspirants.com – is to update news on activities and events of the aspirants.

Around 800 people turned up for the dinner including Archbishop Emeritus John Lee, Father Thomas Madanan, Father Mitchelly Kiun and some religious sisters.

In his speech, Anjumal explained how the website project came about while both Abp Wong and Fr Atin thanked all benefactors and friends for their spiritual and material help in the past year.

At the end of his speech, Fr Atin announced that the new director of the aspirants will be Father Joshua Liew who will assume the post next year.  However, Fr Liew was not present at the dinner because he was attending the 7th Asian Youth Day in Indonesia, being the spiritual adviser of the youth commission.

Formed in 2011 under Fr Atin, the FSJV is a group of people supporting the aspirants residing at the Catholic Archdiocesan Centre Penampang materially and spiritually.  It has also provided the teachers needed to help aspirants pass MUET so that they could proceed to the next stage of formation.

Pope Francis prays for openness, courage at close of Asian Youth Day

Joyful faces of some of the participants at the 7th Asian Youth Day, 30 July – 6 Aug 2017, Yogyakarta Indonesia.

VATICAN CITY –  As young people gathered in Indonesia for the 7th Asian Youth Day prepare to head home, Pope Francis sent a message encouraging them to be courageous, and to turn to Mary as a model of what it means to be a missionary.

In the 6 Aug 2017 telegram signed by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the prelate extended “warm greetings and prayerful best wishes” to all participating in the event on behalf of Pope Francis.

The Pope, he said, “prays that young people from across Asia will listen ever more attentively to God’s call and respond with faith and courage to their vocation.”

Looking ahead to the global World Youth Day gathering in Panama in 2019, Francis invited the youth to turn to Mary, the Mother of God as “ a model of missionary discipleship, to speak to her as they would to a mother, and to trust always in her loving intercession.”

“In this way, as they seek to follow Christ Jesus more closely, they too, like the young woman of Nazareth, can truly improve the world and leave an imprint that makes a mark on history,” he said, giving his blessing and entrusting the youth and their families to Mary’s intercession.

Pope Francis’ message was sent on the final day of the Aug 2-6 Asian Youth Day gathering in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, themed: “Joyful Asian Youth: Living the Gospel in Multicultural Asia.”

Over two thousand young Catholics from all over Asia took part in the gathering, which came a year after the international WYD gathering in Krakow, Poland in 2016, attended by Pope Francis.

The Pope was also present during the last Asian Youth Day, which coincided with Pope Francis’ 13-18 Aug 2014, visit to South Korea, and centred on the theme: “Asian Youth! Wake up! The glory of the martyrs shines upon you!”

This year’s event in Indonesia featured talks and workshops on aimed at building mutual respect in Asia’s diverse, multicultural population, caring for the environment and learning how to be missionaries in a digital world.

As part of the multicultural aspect and in an effort to address growing fundamentalism in the area, the event hosted several encounters between Christian, Islamic and other religious leaders.

Among the Asian Catholic leaders who attended the event were Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay and a member of the Pope’s “C9” council of cardinal advisers, and Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Archbishop of Manila and President of the Caritas Internationalis aid organisation.

Indonesia’s Vice President, Muhammad Jusuf Kalla, was present at the closing ceremony Aug 6, when it was announced that India will be the location of the next Asian Youth Day.

The main celebrant at the closing Mass was Archbishop Ignatius Suharyo Hardjoatmodjo of Jakarta, who at the end of his homily noted that attendees come from all over Asia.

“We do realise our differences: we are of different nationalities, different languages, different cultures, and so on,” he said.

“However, in this event, we do realise and experience that those differences cannot separate us, but the differences show the richness of the united humanity instead. It proves that the power of faith, hope and love unites us,” the prelate added.

Suharyo closed by voicing his hope that the event would help the youths to “diligently and faithfully live out the Gospel so that we may be filled with the joy of the Gospel. Thus, our life could mirror the glory of the Lord, which changes our lives.” – CNA/EWTN News

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