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Sook lad ordained transitory deacon for Keningau Diocese

The newly ordained deacon (3rd from L, front) poses with the concelebrants after the Mass, 25 Feb 2018, KSFX Keningau.

KENINGAU – Twenty six years ago, a seven-year-old boy watched in awe as a priest celebrated Mass at the small chapel in his village of Kampung Kovosion, in the interior Sook district.

The boy was particularly taken by the vestments of the priest and wondered whether one day he would follow the same vocation.

The answer has indeed been in the affirmative for seminarian David Richard Gasikol who is on his way to a priestly life after being ordained deacon.

His ordination by Bishop Cornelius Piong was held at a packed St Francis Xavier Cathedral here on 25 Feb 2018.

Among those present to witness the ordination was Father Bonaventure Unting who first encouraged David to consider the priesthood during a talk on priestly vocation at the Sook parish a decade ago.

Before the laying on of hands, Bishop Piong explained to the candidate about the functions of the office of a deacon, the meaning, and importance of celibacy to which David accepted.

The candidate also made a promise of obedience to the bishop.

Fr Bonaventure helped David with the vesting of the stole and dalmatic after the laying on of hands.

The newly ordained deacon then began assisting the bishop at the altar.

In his homily, Bishop Piong expressed his gratitude to God for calling on David to serve Him.

He reminded the newly ordained deacon that the vocation was only possible through God’s calling and ordination was a grace of God that must be lived and preserved.

Turning to a group of seminarians who were present to witness the ordination, Bishop Piong said he hoped the event would serve as an encouragement for them to continue on their vocational journey.

To parents attending the ordination, the prelate urged them to be sensitive to God’s calling of their children to take up priestly or religious life.

“Our church needs more people to serve the Lord,” said Bishop Piong whose Keningau diocese of 18,200 sq km covering seven Sabah districts encompassing Beaufort, Kuala Penyu, Membakut, Sipitang in the west coast as well as Tenom and Tambunan in the interior.

To those from the Holy Spirit Parish of Sook, the prelate said it would not be “too long” before the priestly ordination of Deacon David would be held there.

After the Mass, David said he entered the aspirancy at the Catholic Archdiocesan Centre in Penampang in 2010, and gave thanks to God for his calling.

He also expressed gratitude to his mother Norah Mohidou and his five siblings, as well as fellow seminarians for their support in his vocational journey.

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 to 2017.

Looking back at his vocational journey, he said the past eight years had been a time of learning and discernment.

His advice to youth who are considering a similar vocation, he said, “Think about God and reflect what is the meaning of your life and your very existence.”

“Do not be afraid to enter into this way of life,” said David. – Ruben Sario

Seminarian David Gasikol to be ordained deacon on Feb 25

PENAMPANG – Seminarian David Richard Gasikol has been accepted by Bishop Cornelius Piong to be ordained deacon on 25 Feb 2018 at the Katedral St Francis Xavier Keningau at 4:30 pm.

Born in Sook on 29 June 1985, David 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.

He is currently assigned to serve in the cathedral.

Kuching lad ordained deacon in Bunan Gega

BUNAN GEGA — A Kuching lad was ordained to the diaconate in Bunan Gega on 23 Apr 2017.

Over 2000 people including family members and friends witnessed the diaconal ordination of Galvin Richard Ngumbang at St Jude Bunan Gega by Archbishop Simon Poh.

Born and bred in Kuching, the thirty-four-year-old is the youngest son of the late Richard Lee Ngumbang and Iris Ulat Pasa. Galvin underwent his primary and secondary education at St Joseph’s school and later graduated from UiTM Samarahan Campus in 2004 with Diploma in Science. Prior to entering Initiation Year in 2010 in Kota Kinabalu, he worked as an Assistant Science Officer with the Malaysian Pepper Board in Sibu.

In his speech, the newly ordained deacon encouraged young people to courageously answer God’s call to the priesthood or religious life.

“Offer up everything to God, your family and your anxiety. Be assured that God has a beautiful plan for those who totally give themselves to him,” he said.

At the end of the ordination Mass, Abp Poh thanked the community of St Jude’s Parish for hosting the ordination event. He also thanked the deacon’s mother, Iris Pasa, for offering her only son to God in the service of God’s people in the Archdiocese of Kuching.

The new deacon will continue to serve in St Jude’s Parish, Bunan until further notice. – todayscatholic.com.my

First Telupid lad to be ordained deacon in July

ireneusTELUPID – Come July 18, the first lad from Telupid will be ordained deacon by Bishop Julius Dusin Gitom at 7:00 PM at St Mary’s Cathedral Sandakan.

Born on 27 June 1981 in Kg Kiabau Telupid, Christopher is the fifth child in a brood of five boys and one girl born to Ireneus Anun and Rosinah Saleh.  He had his primary schooling at SK Kiabau (1988-1993) and secondary at SMK Telupid (1994-1997) and SMK Sandakan (1997-2000).  He took his BSc in Sports Science and Recreation (Hons) at UiTM Shah Alam (2005-2007).

He taught for three years before entering the aspirancy for diocesan priesthood at the Catholic Archdiocesan Centre Penampang in 2008.  The following year he was accepted into Initiation Year KK before proceeding to St Peter’s College Kuching for his philosophical and theological studies from 2010 to 2016.


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