Daily Archives:May 8th, 2018

SHC veteran choir master called to eternal life at 95

Family members and relatives pose for a shot after the funeral Mass of the late Francis Lee, 7 May 2018, Sacred Heart Cathedral Karamunsing.

KOTA KINABALU – Veteran choir master of the Sacred Heart Cathedral here was called to eternal life on 3 May 2018.  He was 95.

Francis Lee Yit Khee served as choir master of the cathedral from 1960 to 1987.  Aside from being choir master, he also served as parish councillor from the 1970s to the late 1980s as well as reader, offerer, and extraordinary minister of Holy Commumion.

Born on 29 Jan 1923 in Sandakan, Francis was the second eldest child in a brood of five boys and four girls born to Thomas Lee Yen Chiang and Beatrice Ho.  His younger brother is Archbishop Emeritus John Lee while his eldest son is Father Cosmas Lee.

After five years in the Aberdeen Regional Seminary in Hong Kong (1939-1944), he decided that he was not called to the priesthood. He married Francisca Wong in 1947 and they had 13 children: nine boys and four girls (two died shortly after birth).

To feed his growing family, he worked at various jobs – teacher, store assistant, storekeeper, and school canteen operator.

In 1981, when he was 51, he received the papal award “Bene Merenti” from Pope John Paul II for “long and exceptional service to the Church.”

He served as the first Local Minister of the Fraternity of  the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Order of Franciscan Seculars) for 14 years.  The OFS was established in Sabah on 3 Oct 1986.

His wife died on 18 Dec 1980, almost two weeks after meeting with a car accident near Seremban.

Francis is survived by his 11 children, 34 grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren.

Papal nuncio summarises apostolic exhortation on call to holiness in today’s world

Participants pose for remembrance after the talk by Papal Nuncio Abp Joseph Marino (seated 5th from L) in front of the Immanuel Catechetical Building Keningau, 4 May 2018, in conjunction with the silver jubilee of the Keningau Diocese.

KENINGAU – Papal nuncio Archbishop Joseph Marino summarised Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on the call to holiness on 4 May 2018 at the celebration of Keningau silver jubilee here.

The talk was given at the newly completed Immanuel Catechetical Building to invited guests and organisers of the celebration.

In his talk, the nuncio pointed out three important aspects of the document, Gaudate et Exsultate (GE).

First, the pope is proposing once again the universal call to holiness as stated in Vatican II’s Lumen Gentium: “all the faithful of Christ of whatever rank or status are called to the fullness of Christian life and the perfection of charity” (LG 40).

Second, he proposes a practical understanding of Christian holiness – how holiness is manifested and concretely lived, not by a select few, but all in that ‘great cloud of winesses’ (Heb 12:1), who include “our own mothers, grandmothers and loved ones,” who each day “keep moving forward and proved pleasing to God” (GE 3).

Third, the pope wants the faithful to embrace a holiness “for our time” – a Christian life that reflects a true and visible response to the needs of our time, a response to the longings of every human being, which only the Gospel is capable of fulfilling.

The nuncio said the document points out the sources of holiness are baptism, the Holy Spirit and life in and with the Church.

However, the nuncio warned his audience of the two errors which have plagued the Church almost from its beginning: gnosticism (holiness comes from knowledge, not from acts of charity), and pelagianism (holiness by personal efforts).

Holiness in life, according to Pope Francis, is “charity lived in faith” (GE 12) through the eight Beatitudes as found in the Gospels of Matthew (5:3-12) and Luke (6:20-23).

In the final chapter of the exhortation, Pope Francis lists signs of holiness in today’s world.  They are 1) perseverance, patience and meekness; 2) joy and a sense of humour; 3) boldness and passion; 4) constant prayer.

According to Abp Marino, the Vatican paper, Osservatore Romano editorialised the exhortation this way: Holy, yes, but not superhuman or perfect.  Simply ordinary people who are unafraid to set their sights higher and each day allow themselves to be loved and liberated by God, transforming their lives into an ongoing mission to service to others.  Very often it is holiness found in our next-door neighbours, in those living in our midst reflect God’s presence; this everyday holiness is at the heart of the Apostolic Exhortation, Gaudete et exsultate.

Keningau celebrates diocesan silver jubilee with deep sense of gratitude

Members of the bishops conference: front L-R: Bishop Cornelius Sim of Brunei, Abp Simon Poh of Kuching, Jubilarian Bishop Cornelius Piong of Keningau, Cardinal Soter Fernandez (on wheelchair), Abp Joseph Marino (apostolic nuncio), Abp Emeritus John Lee of KK, Abp John Wong of KK, Abp Julian Leow of KL; back L-R: Bishop Richard Ng of Miri, Abp Emeritus Murphy Pakiam of KL, Bishop Sebastian Francis of Penang, Bishop Julius Gitom of Sandakan.

PENAMPANG – Keningau celebrated its diocesan silver jubilee with a deep sense of gratitude and joy to God on 4-5 May 2018.

The culmination of a yearlong preparation was the concelebrated Eucharist at the Solidarity Hall on May 5.

Over 3,000 faithful including the members of the regional bishops conference joined Bishop Cornelius Piong in celebrating his episcopal silver jubilee as well as that of the diocese he has led for 25 years.

On hand to join in the occasion were Cardinal Anthony Soter Fernandez and Archbishop Joseph Marino, apostolic nuncio to Malaysia.

In his homily, the jubilarian stressed on God’s mercy and foundation of the diocese (cf Ps 127), the unity with Jesus (Jn 15), the role of the Holy Spirit, with Mary and St Francis Xavier as role models in the journey of the diocese.  He also pointed out three themes from the priestly prayer of Jesus (Jn 15): unity in Jesus, protection from evil, and holiness of life.

What was significant in the celebration was symbolically portrayed in the putting together of the pieces of the framed jigsaw puzzle of the Holy Family by representatives of the people of God – young and old, priest and religious – in union with the KK Ecclesiastical Province (Abp Wong) and the Universal Church (Abp Marino).

Both the organising committee chairperson, Stella Kinsik, and Bishop Piong thanked all those who have helped in organising the event

After his brief speech, Abp Marino presented the apostolic blessing of Pope Francis to the jubilarian.

Before Mass ended, Bishop Piong announced that the hosting parish for 2019 diocesan day will be St Valentine Beaufort.

The event closed with lunch at the parish hall.  The visitors also visited the venue for the tasting of native wine and delicacies next to the hall.

On the previous day May 4, Bishop Piong officiated the rite of burying a time capsule in front of the cathedral, followed by a tour of the jubilee exhibition at the pastoral centre and refreshments.

Then Abp Marino gave a talk on Pope Francis’ recent exhortation on holiness at the newly conpleted Immanuel Catechetical Building.

The day ended with a jubilee dinner at the Holy Family Pilgrimage Site at Nulu Sosopon where Bishop Piong entertained the guests by singing two of his own compositions.


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