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CWC organises birthday dinner for advisor

Abp Wong (with corsage) poses with his family members at the dinner marking his 5oth birthday, 12 June 2018, Putera Theatre Ballroom Bukit Padang.

KOTA KINABALU – The Catholc Women Commission of Kota Kinabalu Archdiocese organised a birthday dinner to mark its advisor’s 5oth birthday on 12 June 2018 at the Putera Theatre Ballroom Bukit Padang here.

In her welcoming remarks, Anita Tunggolou, head of the commission, said that the members felt it would not be right to let the occasion go quietly.

Born on 6 June 1968, Archbishop John Wong was ordained priest in 1999 and a bishop in 2010.  He succeeded Archbishop John Lee when Lee retired in 2012.  His installation as second Archbishop of Kota Kinabalu took place in 2013.

In his address, Abp Wong thanked the CWC for 0rganising the dinner and the people for turning up to support it.  He said he felt relatively old initially when he turned 50 but took comfort in the thought that Tun Dr Mahathir was 92 when he was sworn in as prime minister a second time on May 10.

The honouree was pleasantly surprised by the presence of his mother, Mdm Rose Chung, and five of his siblings and their families at the dinner.

Among the invited guests were Abp Emeritus Lee, Bishop Julius Gitom of Sandakan , and several priests and religious.

The 1,000-strong diners were entertained by the dance and song performances by various groups including some priests and religious.  A video clip of various youth groups and religious wishing the honoree on his birthday was screened.

KK prelate says he was awestruck by significance of ad limina visit

KUALA LUMPUR – Archbishop John Wong of Kota Kinabalu said that he was awestruck by the significance of such a visit (ad limina) to the Pope, who is the Head of the Catholic Church.

He spoke of the Pope receiving the Bishops with “brotherly affection” and was touched that the Holy Father made it a point to greet them.

“I had in my mind, in my imagination if you please, a picture of the early Apostles going out to preach and after some time coming back to visit Peter,” said Abp Wong.

“I was very much looking forward to it (ad limina), and I have not been disappointed. In fact, I am much encouraged by our making it,” said the prelate.

He added, “I have this sense of unity and peace that comes from a distinctive union with Pope Francis as the Head of the Church.”

The Holy Father’s gentleness, humility and simplicity struck the bishops at their meeting with him, Abp Wong said.

He said of the pope, “He’s very down to earth. He puts aside protocol and formality, telling us ‘We are brothers’ and so there was no need to remove our skull caps nor to kiss his ring, putting us completely at ease.”

As part of the ad limina, several meetings were arranged for the bishops to meet with the heads of the dicasteries of the curia.

Besides discussions with the Dicastery for Promoting Human Development, the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life, the bishops also met with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State, the Legislative, and Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples. Archbishop John Wong described these meetings as “a new and more concrete way of reaching out to help the faithful.” He picked up from these meetings with the dicastery heads that the dicasteries are very committed to

Abp Wong described these meetings as “a new and more concrete way of reaching out to help the faithful.” He picked up from these meetings with the dicastery heads that the dicasteries are very committed to help the bishops in meeting their challenges in their dioceses.

The archbishop opined that these meetings were beneficial and effective to the bishops.

He remarked on the functionality of the new procedure of the ad limina in which the bishops met with the Holy Father as a group. All were encouraged to speak and share spontaneously, whether generally or specifically. It was a revealing moment to see how much the Holy Father’s heart is for the people. He listened attentively to the various issues pertinent to the dioceses, and his response was unscripted and came straight from his heart.

On a personal note, Abp Wong wished him “good health” and pledged “our faithfulness and loyalty to him,” assuring him of “our constant prayers for him.” At the conclusion of the meeting, Pope Francis told the bishops, “Your first duty, as Bishops, is to pray for the diocese, and for the priests.”

The Pope urged them to “continue to move on” and ended with his customary request for prayer for himself “Pray for me, not against me.” – Catholic Sabah

KK prelate marks 19th priestly anniversary quietly

Abp Wong gestures as he recalls his ordination 19 years ago at the potluck gathering  at the Sacred Heart Parish Centre Karamunsing, 20 Jan 2018.

KOTA KINABALU – Archbishop John Wong marked his 19th priestly anniversary with a quiet potluck dinner with his parish collaborators at the Sacred Heart Parish Centre here on 20 Jan 2018.

Recalling the event 19 years ago on Jan 21 in Sandakan, he said that he was given a basket of scrolls which he was told to open in times of trial and difficulty.  Having been a recipient of God’s grace and mercy, he said, he has never done so in the past 19 years!

He thanked the over 40 parish pastoral councillors (and spouses) of both Sacred Heart Cathedral (SHC) and Church of Mary Immaculate (CMI) for their presence and asked for their prayers that he would be empowered to seek the will of God and do what is pleasing to the Lord (his resolution for the new year).  Not just him but also all the priests.

On hand to lend their support were Archbishop Emeritus John Lee and Father Max Hontor who said the prayer before meal.

Abp Wong receives “datukship” on 6th episcopal anniversary


The archbishop is among those waiting for the ceremony to begin at the Istana Negeri, 1 Oct 2016.

The archbishop is among those waiting for the ceremony to begin at the Istana Negeri, 1 Oct 2016.

KOTA KINABALU – Archbishop John Wong was among 53 recipients who received the state’s second highest award, the Panglima Gemilang Darjah Kinabalu (PGDK), which carries the title ‘Datuk’ on 1 Oct 2016.

It was also his sixth episcopal ordination anniversary.

The conferment of state awards and medals is a yearly event held in conjunction with the birthday of the Sabah Head of State.

A total of 876 recipients received state awards and medals in conjunction with the 63rd birthday of Tun Juhar Mahirrudin at the Istana Negeri here.

In his ceremonial address, the head of state said strong unity among the people in the State is the best defence against extreme ideologies including terrorism.

“I urge everyone including grassroots leaders and communities to always be vigilant and proactive in providing information to the authorities if they come across suspicious activities,” said Juhar.

The KK prelate is the fifth church dignitary to receive the award; his predecessors being the late Bishop Simon Fung, Abp Emeritus John Lee, Bishop Cornelius Piong and Bishop Julius Dusin Gitom.


SHC-PPC organises anniversary dinner for its pastors

The honourees, flanked by the religious and fellow priests, raise their glasses during the toast.

The honourees, flanked by the religious, fellow priests, and PPC chairmen, raise their glasses during the toast.

KOTA KINABALU – The Parish Pastoral Council of Sacred Heart Cathedral here organised a low-keyed anniversary dinner for its parish priest Abp John Wong and assistant Fr Rhobby Mojolou on 17 Jan 2016 at a local restaurant.  This was in conjunction with the 17th and 2nd presbyteral ordination anniversaries of the archbishop and the priest respectively.

Around 270 parishioners – mainly from the different groups and ministries of the cathedral parish and subparish of Mary Immaculate – turned up to mark the occasion.  The dinner is an annual event organised by the parish in recognition of the fact that these ordained ministers have given up having families of their own in order to serve the faithful.

The highlight of the dinner was the sharing from both honourees after the cake-cutting and toast.  Both thanked those present for journeying with them down the years through their spiritual and material support.  Both ended their sharings with a plea for more prayers and in turn, assured the diners of their prayers for them.


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