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Initial priestly formation to focus on building strong prayer foundation

The aspirants and seminarians pose with the concelebrants after the opening Mass for the Academic Calendar, 12 Feb 2018, St Peter’s College Kota Kinabalu.

KOTA KINABALU – The focus in the initial priestly formation is to build a strong prayer foundation for the 26 young men who were accepted into both Aspirancy and Initiation Year (IY) this year.

This was highlighted in the homily of Archbishop John Wong at the opening Mass – that they are to be men of prayer who have a close relationship with the Lord and be able to discern the will of the Lord for their lives.

It was also given emphasis by new IY Director Father Mattheus Luta in his welcome address at the reception after the Mass.  He said that the Initiation Year is Spirituality Year – the time when the seminarians learn the foundations of prayer and have a living relationship with the Lord.  After his address he introduced the seminarians.

In his turn, recently appointed Aspirants Director Father Joshua Liew expressed his desire that the aspirants would learn more than just the English language – that they would have a faith strong enough to see them through even if they do not become priests in the process.  He then introduced the aspirants after his speech.

In a brief address, Abp Wong thanked the people for their presence and said he count on them to provide not just material help to the formands but also spiritually through their prayers and guidance.

The opening of the Academic Calendar was held at St Peter’s College Kota Kinabalu on 12 Feb 2018.

Joining Abp Wong at the altar were Abp Emeritus John Lee, Fr Luta, Fr Liew, Father Wilfred Atin (immediate past Aspirant Director), Father Max Hontor, and Father Paul Lo.  Father Cosmas Lee came later to join in the fellowship.

Among those present at the event were the teaching staff of the different years, benefactors, members of religious and secular institutes, members of the Catholic Women’s League, and friends.

After the Mass, all adjourned to the square for a fellowship meal where after the speeches, there was a cake-cutting ceremony by the clergy.  While eating, the guests were entertained by the formands with a medley of spiritual songs.

The IY seminarians are: Brywinedren Godon (Beaufort), 27; Jonathan Seah Kang Wai (Sandakan), 23; Timothy Ivan Galisin (Keningau), 29; Gary Aquinas ak Boniface (Kanowit), 24; Addie Frank ak Lingge (Serian), 33; Bonnyface Stephen (Bundu Tuhan), 25; Razali Ikat (Papar), 34; Jescie Petrus Petu (Sandakan), 23; Maxwell Verus (Inanam), 26; Jeremia Duminggu (KK), 24; and Adrian Linus Lojikip (Penampang), 28.

The aspirants are: Corllin Sumail (Terawi), 21; Dasmond Kong (Terawi), 26; Elvis Evisdateh (Kiulu), 23; Evanz Alicius Petrus (Ranau), 21; Heldy Amin (Kiulu), 30; Joehbeey Majimin (KK), 30; Rosterlexson Solaiman (Bundu Tuhan), 28; Stanley Kurumbong (Penampang), 28; Stephen Johnny (Dontozidon), 33; Walter Pukin (Ranau), 26; Brad Brandon Bridge (Kuala Penyu), 28; Constantine Olot (Tambunan), 35; Ryennadem Vitalis (Telupid), 22; Stephen Suhaili (Dalat), 34; and Joseph Lee (Sibu), 42.

Meanwhile six seminarians – Nelbart Peter (Sook), 23; Dannie Luis ak Romanus (Lundu Sarawak), 27,  Francis Pius (Keningau), 23; Yoseph Jup Matthias (Manggatal), 22; Scany Polycarp (Kota Marudu), 25; and Ricki Boy Hasim (Telupid), 25 – will leave for Penang College General for their philosophical studies on Feb 21.

Malaysia committed to enhance ties with Holy See, says FM

FM Datuk Sri Anifah Aman (third from R), assisted by Tan Sri Benard Dompok, unveils the commemorative plaque at the Malaysia Embassy, Vatican City, 9 May 2017.

PUTRAJAYA – Malaysia is committed to enhance ties with the Holy See, said Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman.

He said this while officiating the Chancery of the Malaysian Embassy to the Holy See on 9 May 2017.

“Malaysia strongly believes on the need to practise moderation as the fundamental element to foster greater interaction, ensuring peaceful coexistence through the rejection of extremism that undermines the universal values of religion,” the minister said.

This, he added, is in line with Malaysia’s initiative of the Global Movement of Moderates (GMM).

Malaysia, the minister continued, also welcomes collaboration with the various pontifical councils, international organisations, and non-governmental organisations in hosting dialogues and seminars aimed at promoting better religious understanding in the near future.

The inauguration of the Chancery of Malaysian Embassy to the Holy See took place exactly 11 months to the day the first resident ambassador, Tan Sri Bernard Dompok, presented his credentials to Pope Francis.

Among the 100 attendees were the Assessor for General Affairs of the Holy See, the Protocol Head of the Holy See, the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps to the Holy See, and members of the diplomatic corps.

SHC holds combined opening trilingual Way of the Cross outdoors

Abp Wong animates the faithful before the way of the cross begins, 3 March 2017, SHC compound.

KOTA KINABALU – Sacred Heart Cathedral (SHC) and Church of Mary Immaculate (CMI) parishioners of the three language groups turned up in drove for the combined opening of the weekly Way of the Cross at its outdoor Centenary Way of the Cross Monuments here on 3 March 2017.

The Way of the Cross is a traditional devotional practice during Lent worldwide.

Archbishop John Wong animated those present before the 14 stations were read out alternately in English, Bahasa Malaysia, and Mandarin.

After the opening event, SHC will hold it every Friday in the cathedral during Lent at 6 pm (English), 7 pm (BM) and 8 pm (Mandarin).  CMI will have it at 7 pm in English and Mandarin.

There will be a combined closing Way of the Cross at the monuments on Good Friday Apr 14 at 7 am with Passion Play.

Bishop Julius Gitom opens Holy Door at St Mary’s Cathedral

sandakan holydoor

SANDAKAN – Around 700 Catholics converged at St Mary’s Cathedral on 14 Dec 2015 to witness Bishop Julius Gitom opening  the Holy Door of Mercy, a symbolic gesture that marks the beginning of the Jubilee Year of Mercy for the Diocese of Sandakan.

The opening of the designated Holy Door at St Mary’s Cathedral began with a solemn procession by the bishop and the clergy from the rectory to the entrance of the cathedral.  The procession represents the church’s pilgrimage, a practice that ‘has a special place in the Holy Year, because it represents the journey each of us makes in this life.’ (MV, 14)

After the prayer, Bishop Julius opened the Door of Mercy. The prelate bearing the Book of the Gospel, and behind him the priests, religious sisters and lay faithful passed through the Holy Door to celebrate the Mass.

Bishop Julius explained that the Solemn Opening of the Holy Door is done later than the date proclaimed by Pope Francis due to pastoral reason and the availability of all the priests in the diocese. St Mary’s Cathedral is selected as she is the mother church and a pilgrimage centre in the diocese.

Bishop Julius said, “The passing through the Holy door means that once again we proclaim Jesus as the sole way of salvation. He is the only way to that infinite mercy of the Father, who welcomes everyone and He personally goes out to encounter each one of us.”

The prelate continued by echoing the pontiff, “Let the Father embrace us with His mercy, let us allow Him to meet us, allow Him to reach us and in that way we will experience the real joy of encountering the mercy of God.”

Pope Francis proclaimed the Holy Year of Mercy as a way for the Church to make more evident its mission to be witness of mercy, urging the church to reach out to the modern world.  We are to bring that mercy to the world, not only to people around us, but even to the environment. The prelate urged parishioners to be renewed, be prayerful, be grateful and practise often works of mercy.

At the conclusion of the Mass, the prelate handed over banners of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy to be displayed in their respective parishes to Msgr Nicholas Ong of Holy Trinity Tawau, Fr Thomas Makajil of St Mary’s Cathedral, Sandakan, Fr Simon Kontou of St Dominic’s Church, Lahad Datu and Fr Jasery Gabuk of St Martin’s Church, Telupid. – Dalius LL

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