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Council of Religious holds election of office bearers after six years

File photo of the Council of Religious in one of their meetings at the Daughters of St Paul Convent Karamunsing in 2015.

KOTA KINABALU – The Council of Religious in the Kota Kinabalu Archdiocese held election of office bearers after six years on 14 July 2018 in a meeting at a local venue here.

Seven members were able to make it to the meeting during which the office bearers were elected for the term 2018-2021.

Elected were Brother Thomas Paul SG (chairman), Father Andrew Kim SST (vice chairman), Sister Magdalene Chong FSP (secretary), Sister Joan Michael FSIC (treasurer).

They took over with immediate effect from the outgoing council: Sister Christine Henry Sundin FSP (chairperson), Sister Rita Chew FSIC (secretary), Sister Alice Lopez FSIC (treasurer).

Other members present were Sister Lilian Unsoh FSIC (representing Sister Frances Mani FSIC), and Sister Grace Deosing FSIC.  There were no representatives from the La Salle Brothers, the Marist Brothers, and the Good Shepherd Sisters.

With the encouragement and guidance of Bishop John Lee, the Council of Religious (COR) was formed in August 1997 in the diocese.  The elected office bearers were: Sr Aquinas Voon FSIC (chairperson), Br Justin Mobilik FSC (vice chairperson), Sr Agnes Wong FSP (secretary), Sr Angeline Lau RGS (treasurer), Sr Grace Deosing FSIC (member), and Sr Cecilia Liew FSIC (member).

The objectives of the COR are:

  • To serve the organism of mutual liaison among the religious institutes;
  • To act as a means of promoting and renewing religious life in fidelity to the magisterium and to the distinctive charisms of each institute;
  • To provide the forum for the discussion of mutual concerns of the archbishop, priests and religious; and
  • To co-ordinate the activities of religious institutes with the pastoral action of the archdiocese under the guidance of the archbishop, without prejudice to relations and negotiations which can be carried out directly by the archbishop himself with any individual institute.

There are now four women religious institutes and four men religious institutes serving in the archdiocese: Order of Discalced Carmelite Nuns (OCD), Daughters of St Paul (FSP), Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception (FSIC), and Religious of the Good Shepherd (RGS); Brothers of St Gabriel (SG), Brothers of the Christian School or La Salle Brothers (FSC), the Marist Brothers (FMS), and the Society of the Most Holy Trinity of Mirinae (SST).

Malaysian Church contributes over RM1m to Tabung Harapan Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR – The Catholic Church in Malaysia has collected a sum of RM1,143,653.10 for the Tabung Harapan Malaysia according to the Kuala Lumpur Archdiocesan Media & Communications Office on 14 Aug 2018.

This was the collective amount from various parishes throughout Malaysia during the Masses of June 22-24 and was a gesture of solidarity towards helping alleviate the debt of the country.

The Kuala Lumpur Archdiocese will represent the other arch/dioceses of Malaysia in handing over the contribution to a representative from the Ministry of Finance.

Archbishop Julian Leow of Kuala Lumpur thanks the faithful for their kind generosity on behalf of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Malaysia.

Another FSP returns to serve in KK Archdiocese

L-R: Sr Jennifer, Sr Bibianah, Fr Mario Sobrejuanite SSP, Sr Christine, Sr Maggie, Sr Anna pose for remembrance in this file photo taken during Fr Mario’s visit to the community on 1 Sept 2015.  Fr Mario was here to facilitate the retreat of the Pauline Cooperators Aug 29-31.

KOTA KINABALU – Another Daughter of St Paul returned to serve in the archdiocese recently.

Sister Bibianah Dunsia replaces Sister Anna Yap as webmaster of the Archdiocesan Website as of 24 Aug 2018.

She was appointed by then Bishop John Lee to head the first Social Communications Commission in 2001 and was tasked with the publicity of the Diocesan Silver Jubilee celebrations in 2001-2002.

Born in Kg Lokos Tamparuli in 1965, Sr Bibianah entered the congregation in January 1986 in Petaling Jaya. In June that same year she continued her formation in the Philippines.  She made her first profession in 1990 and took her final vows in 1998.

She served as superior of Petaling Jaya from 2008 to 2013.

Johor sultan grants audience to papal nuncio

Papal Nuncio Archbishop Joseph Marino (2nd from L) poses with the Sultan of Johor (3rd from L) and the others for remembrance after the audience, 15 Aug 2018, Istana Pasir Pelangi Johor Bahru.

JOHOR BAHRU – Papal nuncio Archbishop Joseph Marino was granted an audience with the Sultan of Johor at Istana Pasir Pelangi here on 15 Aug 2018.

Abp Marino spent nearly 90 minutes with Tuanku Sultan Ibrahim Ibn Almarhum Sultan Iskandar.

During the audience, the American-born archbishop conveyed an invitation on behalf of Pope Francis for the sultan to make a state visit to the Vatican City.

He also presented a special silver medallion from the pope to the king, who reciprocated with a memento to the nuncio.

Accompanying the nuncio on the visit were Father Vjekoslav Holik from the Vatican Embassy in Kuala Lumpur and local liaison officer Mr Vincent D’Silva.

Also present was Deputy Johor Mufti Dato’ Yahya Ahmad.

Abp Marino arrived in Malaysia in 2013 following his appointment by Pope Benedict XVI.  He is the first resident apostolic  nuncio to Malaysia, which established diplomatic relations with the Holy See in July 2011. – Royal Press Office Johor

Tawau lass returns to serve as local superior for the third time

Sr Maggie (2nd from L) replaces Sr Christine Sundin (4th from L) as superior of the Daughters of St Paul Kota Kinabalu for term 2018-2021.  The other sisters are Sr Laura Angie (L), Sr Jennifer (3rd from L), Postulang Aemy Soo and Postulant Laurin Devi (partially hidden) in a photo taken on the occasion of Sr Laura’s final profession in Tambunan in 2016.

KOTA KINABALU – Tawau lass Sister Magdalene Chong returns to serve as local superior of the Daughters of St Paul here for the third time.

Sr Maggie – as she is fondly known as – was appointed to head the local community by Provincial Superior Sister Delia Abian on 15 Aug 2018.

Born in Tawau in 1956, Sr Maggie entered the Daughters of St Paul in Petaling Jaya in 1979.  A year later she went to the Philippines for her formation.  She made her first profession in 1984 and took her final vows in 1990.

She served as superior in the KK community from 2001-2004 and from 2004-2006.  She was assigned to Petaling Jaya after 22 years in Sabah in July 2017 but has now been recalled to Sabah to serve as superior for a third term 2018-2021.

Telupid youth organise second night of praise concert

The organisers pose for the camera after the youth concert, 27 July 2018, St Martin Parish Hall Telupid.

TELUPID – The youth of St Martin here organised a second night of praise concert at the parish hall on 27 July 2018.

It was organised jointly with the Telupid Event Management after two years of the inaugural concert.

Around 300 people attended the event including Father Jasery Gabuk,  Father Stanley Matakim,  parents, the Infinite Worship Band, and youth from other denominations.

It began with a welcoming address from organising chairperson Fettwinda Sipaan who thanked all those who came in support of the event.

In his turn, Fr Stanley urged those present to support the youth in all their activities before saying the opening prayer.

The concert was divided into First Wave (five songs) and Second Wave (seven songs) led by Infinite Worship Band of Kuala Penyu.

The objective of the concert was to invite the youth to be actively involved in church ministry and activities with the support of their parents.

The youth were given time before the concert proper to practise the different musical instruments and to sing the various songs of praise.

The event closed with a prayer-blessing from Fr Jasery who said he was delighted with the turnout of the concert.

400 KSFX wardens attend recollection

Participants pose for remembrance at the end of the recollection, 28 July 2018, St John Biah.

KENINGAU – Some 400 wardens of Katedral St Francis Xavier attended a parish-level recollection at St John Biah on 28 July 2018.

The theme of the recollection was “Recognising others through Christ.”

In his homily at the opening Mass, Father Bonaventure Unting touched on the importance of the wardens’ ministry in welcoming and helping the parishioners to be part of the worshipping community.  He also touched on teamwork and hoped the participants would take the time given for personal reflection.

After Mass, Patrick Marius gave a talk on ethics and spiritual life of a warden followed by another talk by Severinus Jaitin on the role and responsibility of a warden.

The next recollection will be hosted by Toboh Baru Zone in 2019.

Assumption of Mary (Day of Obligation)

Assumption Masses will be celebrated as follows:

Tue Aug 14
SHC 7:30 pm (Eng)
CMI 7:30 pm (Mand)
SP Dontozidon 7:30 pm (Kad)
Wed Aug 15
SHC 6 am (Eng)
SP Dontozidon 6:30 am (Eng)
Carmelite Chapel 6:30 am (Eng)

First Reading
Revelation 11:19a; 12:1-6a,10ab
The sign of God’s salvation will be a woman clothed with the sun.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 45:10-12,16
The queen takes her place next to God.

Second Reading
1 Corinthians 15:20-27
Christ has redeemed Adam’s sin.

Gospel Reading
Luke 1:39-56
Mary greets Elizabeth and sings God’s praise.

Background on the Gospel Reading

Today’s feast celebrates Mary’s Assumption into heaven. It is one of the four feasts that are Holy Days of Obligation for Catholics in Malaysia. The assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into heaven has long been held as an important Catholic belief. The belief was not defined as dogma, however, until 1950 by Pope Pius XII. The dogma teaches that Mary, who was without sin, was taken, body and soul, into the glory of heaven.

The Gospel for this holy day recalls Mary’s actions after the announcement of Jesus’ birth by the Angel Gabriel. Mary goes to visit her cousin Elizabeth who is also with child. Elizabeth greets Mary with full recognition of the roles they and their unborn children will play in God’s plan for salvation. Mary responds to Elizabeth’s greeting with her song of praise, the Magnificat. Both women recall and echo God’s history of showing favour upon the people of Israel. Mary’s Magnificat, in particular, echoes the song of praise offered by Hannah, the mother of Samuel.

The Gospel for this day reminds us that Mary’s Assumption into heaven is best understood with regard for the full spectrum of Catholic beliefs about the person of Christ and the person of Mary. Only Mary, who was born without stain of original sin—the Immaculate Conception—could give birth to Christ, who is fully God and fully human. This is called the Immaculate Conception. Because of Mary’s role in God’s plan of salvation, she does not suffer from the effects of sin, which are death and decay. Mary is the first to receive the fullness of the redemption that her son has won for all of humanity. The Church, therefore, recognises Mary as the sign of the salvation promised to all.

Today’s Gospel highlights Mary’s faith. Mary’s faith enabled her to recognise the work of God in her people’s history and in her own life. Her openness to God allowed God to work through her so that salvation might come to all. Mary is a model and symbol of the Church. May we be like Mary, open and cooperative in God’s plan of salvation.

Second Sook lad ordained priest

New priest Fr David Gasikol poses with Bishop Cornelius Piong and seven of his classmates after the ordination ceremony, 11 Aug 2018, Holy Spirit Sook.

SOOK – Holy Spirit Parish here hosted the priestly ordination ceremony for its second son on 11 Aug 2018. The first ordinand was Father Bonaventure Unting in 2001.

Some 3000 faithful turned up for the ordination ceremony of Deacon David Richard Gasikol, 33, officiated by Bishop Cornelius Piong.

Among the invited guests were his classmates – five priests and two deacons –  from Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching as well as his mother, siblings, and relatives.

In his address after the Mass, Bp Cornelius urged the neo-ordained to remain obedient after his ordination for he has observed that many priests turn “sombong” or proud after ordination.  One can only be obedient if one has humility of heart.

Born in Sook on 29 June 1985, the neo-ordained entered the aspirancy at the Catholic Archdiocesan Centre Penampang in 2010.  After a year at the Initial Formation House in Kota Kinabalu in 2011, he went on for his philosophical and theological studies at St Peter’s College Kuching from 2012 – 2017.

After ordination, the neo-ordained remains posted at the Katedral St Francis Xavier Keningau where he has been assigned since his diaconal ordination early this year.  He is also the spiritual advisor to the Keningau Diocesan Social Communications Commission.

Sook, 148 km from Kota kinabalu,  is a small town and district located in the Interior Division. It serves as a timber and agricultural town as well as a transit town for motorists travelling from Keningau to Tawau via the Keningau-Sook-Sapulut-Kalabakan-Tawau road.

MOT holds meeting to launch SYD-5

Members of the 5th Sabah Youth Day (SYD5) pose for the camera at their gathering at Kg Notoruss Penampang, 4-5 Aug 2018.

PENAMPANG – Members of the main organising team held a two-day meeting to launch the 5th Sabah Youth Day (SYD-5) on 5-6 Aug 2018 at the Bamboo House Riverside Kampung Notoruss here.

The 13 participants represented the Kota Kinabalu Archdiocese and the Dioceses of Keningau and Sandakan.

The theme of the SYD-5 will be “I am the handmaid of the Lord; let what you have said be done to me according to your word” (Lk 1:38).

The gathering was a time for prayer, reflection and brainstorming on enfleshing the rationale and objectives of the youth event in countering the issues brought up in the March 2018 meeting at Pace Bene Papar.

The objectives of SYD-5 are threefold:  1) bringing the youth to celebrate their Catholic faith; 2) helping the youth to follow Mother Mary in obeying the call of God; 3) strengthening the youth to become witnesses to Christ in this millennium.

The Main Organising Team (MOT) together with Father Joshua Liew and Father David Garaman paid a courtesy call on Archbishop John Wong at his office on Aug 7.

Franciscan Sister Dora Obod, as SYD5 coordinator, presented the rationale, objectives and progress report to the prelate.  In response, the prelate expressed his support for the programme presented.

The launching of SYD5 will be at Holy Trinity Tawau on 22-24 Feb 2019, followed by the Journey of the Youth Cross and Marian Icon across Sabah until the culmination in 2020 at St Joseph Papar / Holy Rosary Limbahau.


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