Daily Archives:August 8th, 2018

Keningau secular institute celebrates 21 years of existence

The professed members pose with the clergy after the Mass, 27 July 2018 in front of the grotto at the Tatal Retreat House Keningau.

KENINGAU – Some 100 people including members of the Institut Sekular Komuniti Betania (ISKB) gathered to celebrate the 21st anniversary of the diocesan secular institute on 27 July 2018 at the Keningau Diocesan Retreat House here.

The anniversary Mass was concelebrated by Bishop Cornelius Piong, Father Ronnie Luni, and Father Bonaventure Unting.

ISKB was founded by Bishop Cornelius Piong and formally established at the Katedral Francis Xavier Keningau in 1997 with the first profession of Rita Titing (Sook), Losia Tumpangon (Tuaran), and Anita Uliti (Toboh).

They were founded to help the local Church.  Currently there are 20 members serving in Kota Kinabalu Archdiocese and Keningau Diocese.  They serve in the fields of catechetics, running retreat houses, canteen, and religious articles shops.

They live as lay religious, actively promoting the Kingdom of God in the church, workplace and society.

In his homily, the bishop said the institute was formed through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and the commitment and perseverance of the members.  He exhorted the members to be open to the Word of God so that they will be fruitful and effective in their ministry.

After Mass, all adjourned to the open hall for the reception cum birthday celebration of two of the members. – Keningau website

Tourism should glorify God, promote human dignity

VATICAN CITY – The Prefect for the Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development, Cardinal Peter Turkson, has penned a Message for World Tourism Day, which takes place each year on September 27.

In his message released on 4 Aug 2018, Cardinal Turkson reflected on the theme for this year’s observance: “Tourism and Digital Transformation.” This theme, he said, focuses on how digital technology has transformed our age and our behaviours.

Because of this, he said, World Tourism Day, “invites us to reflect on the contribution of technological progress not only to improve tourist products and services, but also because this progress is part of tourism’s sustainable and responsible development, towards which the growth of the sector should be oriented.”

The Church, he continued, “has always paid particular attention to the pastoral care of tourism, leisure and holidays,” which allow women and men to share their values and ideals, and to grow as individuals.

Tourism is also an important way to share resources, but also to “educate people on the shared responsibility towards our “common home.”

Cardinal Turkson also had a “special thought” for young people, who are at the centre of the upcoming General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops. The working document, he noted, discusses how “it is necessary to offer them paths for formation and anthropological education, so that they may live their ‘digital life’ without separating online and offline behavior, nor allowing themselves to be deceived by the virtual world.”

Finally, Cardinal Turkson said, “The hope that this Dicastery formulates for all, tourists and vacationers, is ‘that tourism will contribute to glorifying God, and to increasingly validating human dignity, mutual knowledge, spiritual brotherhood, refreshment of body and soul.’” – Christopher Wells, Vatican News

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