Daily Archives:February 3rd, 2018

KK religious celebrate WDCL at Potuki

The religious pose with the concelebrants after Mass, 2 Feb 2018, Woori Jib Potuki.

PENAMPANG – Kota Kinabalu Archdiocese celebrated World Day for Consecrated Life (WDCL)  quietly on 2 Feb 2017, Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, at the Woori Jib St Francis Xavier Home run by the Korean Clerical Society of the Most Holy Trinity of Mirinae (SST) at Kg Potuki here.

The annual observance, organised by the Council of Religious headed by Pauline Sister Christine Henry Sundin, took place at the covered open hall.

Archbishop John Wong presided over the Mass which was concelebrated with Father Wilfred Atin, Father Thomas Madanan, and the three Korean priests Father Leo Choi, Father Lawrence Kim and Father Andrew Kim.

Around 200  faithful turned up for the celebration including around 60 men and women religious, members of secular orders, seminarians and lay people.

In his homily, and later in his impromptu address to the religious after Mass, the prelate (citing Pope Francis) touched on the event as an encounter with the Lord, which he hoped they had prepared themselves well through the preceding triduum of prayer at the Carmelite Chapel Karamunsing.  He also assured them of his prayers.

He then reminded them that this event is an outflow of the liturgical celebration – Presentation of the Lord – the faithfulness of the Lord in coming to meet his people in the temple.  He remarked that he was happy to see familiar faces, several of whom have celebrated their silver, ruby, golden or even diamond anniversaries of religious professions.

The renewal of consecration by the religious present took place after the homily.  The prelate accepted it and gave his blessing.

In her address, Sr Christine touched a bit on the WDCL history and thanked all those present for their participation, the Korean community in particular, for hosting the event.

After the Mass, all the people adjourned for a simple reception at the dining hall and on the outside grounds.

In the archdiocese, there are currently four men religious institutes (La Salle Brothers, Gabrielite Brothers, Marist Brothers. Holy Trinity Clerical Society) and four women congregations (Carmelite Nuns, Daughters of St Paul, Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, and the Religious of the Good Shepherd).  The three secular institutes are the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites, Ordo Francisanus Saecularis, and Institute of Our Lady of the Annunciation.

CFM calls for continued prayer for Pastor Koh and other missing persons

In his message dated 2 Feb 2018, Kuala Lumpur Archbishop Julian Leow, chairman of the Executive Committee of the Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM), urges continued prayer for Pastor Raymond Koh and other missing persons in Malaysia.  Below is the full text of his message:

As we approach the first anniversary of the violent abduction of
Pastor Raymond Koh from the streets of Petaling Jaya on 13 February
2017, the Christian Federation of Malaysia urges churches and
Christians to continue to look to God in prayer and to seek a closure
to this dastardly act on a servant of God.

Let us in the coming days go before Almighty God to make
intercession before Him that Pastor Raymond Koh may be found and
be reunited with his family. Let us remember his beloved wife
Susanna and his dear children Jonathan, Esther and Elizabeth in our
prayers. That they be given great endurance and patience, be filled
with the love of God and the peace which transcends all human
understanding and find strength in their joy in the Lord is our fervent
cry.

We call on the authorities to complete with all urgency and diligence,
all investigations into finding Pastor Raymond Koh and also Amri
Che Mat, Joshua Hilmy and his wife Ruth Sitepu.

Hopes that investigations by the authorities could be assisted by facts
established by the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia
(Suhakam) upon the conclusion of their inquiry into the abduction of
Pastor Raymond Koh were dashed when the inquiry into his
disappearance was brought to an abrupt halt once Suhakam was
informed that a person had been charged for criminal kidnapping and
abduction. Not being accompanied by any information as to the
whereabouts of Pastor Raymond Koh, the arrest did not however
alleviate the anxieties of many with regard to his well-being.

We remain nonetheless hopeful that as it continues to probe the
disappearances of Amri Che Mat, Joshua Hilmy and his wife
Ruth, Suhakam will be able to elicit facts to assuage the fears and
concerns of many Malaysians struggling to understand how and why
fellow Malaysians can suddenly disappear and not be found for such
extended periods of time.

Signed,
Archbishop Julian Leow Beng Kim,
Chairman and the Executive Committee,
The Christian Federation of Malaysia.

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