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Deacon David to be ordained priest on August 11

The aspirants and seminarians pose with newly ordained Deacon David Gasikol after the ceremony at Katedral St Francis Xavier Keningau, 25 Feb 2018.

PENAMPANG – Deacon David Gasikol will be ordained to the priesthood on 11 Aug 2018 at the Holy Spirit Church Sook by Bishop Cornelius Piong at 10 am.  The news was confirmed by the deacon himself on 22 May 2018.  The 32-year-old deacon will be the first priest from Sook.

Sook is a small town and district located in the Interior Division of Sabah. 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.

Sook Mission, formerly known as Murut Mission (Tulid), had a Catholic population of 13,846 (2011) with 46 outstations and 68 catechists (paid and voluntary).

The Good News spread there in the 1950s through Mill Hill Father Roetenberg.  The first church was built in Kg Tulid in 1969.  From there the faith spread to Pensiangan under Mill Hill Father Peter de Wit.  In 1990 the name was changed from Murut Mission to Mission Sook under Father Erik Jerome.

On the present site, the Church of St Peter was built in 1986 but in 2003 the name was changed to Holy Spirit Sook as there is another church dedicated to St Peter in Kuala Penyu.

On 5 May 2003 during the 10th diocesan triple  celebration in Sook, Bishop Cornelius Piong announced that Sook has been raised from mission status to that of a full parish with Father Benedict Daulis as rector and Father Phillip Muji as his assistant.

The parish and its 47 outstations are currently served by Father Claudius Andrew and Father Harry Dorisoh.

Two to be ordained deacons in March

L-R: Deacons-to-be Russell Lawrine and Gilbert Marcus pose for the camera after a meeting on their forthcoming  diaconal ordinations, 11 Feb 2018, Sacred Heart Parish Centre Karamunsing.

KOTA KINABALU – Archbishop John Wong has accepted two seminarians to be ordained deacons on 11 March 2018 at the Sacred Heart Cathedral Karamunsing at 5 pm.

Russell Lawrine, 31, hails from Tenghilan.  After working for a couple of years, he entered the English Year programme (aspirancy) at the Catholic Diocesan Centre Penampang in 2008, Initiation Year Kota Kinabalu in 2011, and went on to finish his philosophical and theological studies at St Peter’s College Kuching from 2012-2017.  Currently, he is having his pastoral ministry at the cathedral.

His companion, Gilbert Marcus, 36, is the younger brother of Fr Florian.  He hails from Inobong Parish and has worked for about eight years before entering the English Year in 2010.  He was accepted into Initiation Year in 2011 along with Lawrine and some others.  He also finished his formative studies in Kuching in 2017.  He is now serving in St Michael Penampang.

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