Malaysia: Rising Tide of Covid-19
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Malaysia: Rising Tide of Covid-19

The Church’s gesture of solidarity comes amid a rising tide of Covid-19 cases in the Southeast Asian country in recent weeks, with Sarawak state in Borneo being among the worst-hit territories. The country has recorded more than 662,000 cases and 3,968 deaths from the contagion. On June 14, it registered 4,949 new cases including 1,523…

Malaysia Imposes Total Lockdown
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Malaysia Imposes Total Lockdown

“This decision was made after taking into account the current situation of Covid-19 transmission in Malaysia with daily case numbers exceeding 8,000 and active cases exceeding 70,000,” it said. According to Our World in Data, Malaysia’s daily Covid-19 infections per million people, on a seven-day rolling basis, exceeded India last week amid a surge in…

Sr Isabel Kelly FMSJ Obituary
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Sr Isabel Kelly FMSJ Obituary

Your prayers requested for the repose of the soul of Sister Isabel Kelly who died at Franciscan Convent, Blackburn on 28th May 2021 Isabel Kelly was born on 31st January 1934, the eldest of four daughters  of Winifred and William Kelly in Milngarvie, Dumbarton, Scotland.  She is predeceased by her sisters Molly and Helen and…

Sarawak, Malaysia: Imaging the Story of the Mill Hill Missionaries in Borneo
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Sarawak, Malaysia: Imaging the Story of the Mill Hill Missionaries in Borneo

ST. JOSEPH’S HISTORICAL GALLERY IN KANOWIT “Until the lion tells his side of the story, the tale of the hunt will always glorify the hunter” so goes an African proverb. The story of Mill Hill Missionaries in Borneo (Sarawak, Sabah and Brunei) from 1881 till today is unique and rich. It certainly needs to be…

Sarawak, Malaysia: Sharp Rise in Covid-19 Infections
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Sarawak, Malaysia: Sharp Rise in Covid-19 Infections

Fr. Mathews Olili MHM writes: Here in Malaysia we are all fine, except that the cases continue rising everyday. Last year we in Sarawak, where all our Members are, were spared the direct effects of it. Though movement was restricted and all Church activities suspended, our areas nevertheless largely remained with negative cases. However, this…

Kuching, Malaysia: Archdiocese to Send Aid to Covid-Stricken India
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Kuching, Malaysia: Archdiocese to Send Aid to Covid-Stricken India

Kuching Archdiocese in Malaysia has launched a fundraising campaign to help pandemic-hit India. Archbishop Simon Poh of Kuching has urged Catholics in Sarawak state and other parts of Malaysia to donate money and pray for people in India where millions are struggling to survive as thousands die each day because of the Covid-19 catastrophe. The prelate made…

Sarawak, Malaysia: Fr. Ravindra Babu, Indian Mill  Hill Missionary, in the Limelight
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Sarawak, Malaysia: Fr. Ravindra Babu, Indian Mill Hill Missionary, in the Limelight

Father Ravindra is passionate about art. He formed a “Mill Hill Team” with three local Catholics led by him to run a catechesis program through art for children in Limbang. Some 90 children registered for the program. Father Ravindra’s mission continues despite challenges including the language barrier, cultural differences and traditional superstitions.  Lapok Parish is composed…

Sarawak, Malaysia: Mission on the Move
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Sarawak, Malaysia: Mission on the Move

On the 1st September 2018 I was appointed away from Lapok parish to St. Edmund Catholic Church, Limbang. I was to be the assistant priest and I was the 12th Mill Hill Missionary to be appointed to Limbang. St Edmund’s has over 60 years of history, although Limbang itself is a relatively small town. The…

Sarawak, Malaysia: Learning to be a Missionary for all Seasons
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Sarawak, Malaysia: Learning to be a Missionary for all Seasons

What happens when Mission is challenged by unprecedented circumstances? Well, as the English expression goes: “When the going gets tough, the tough get going’. As a missionary I had to think twice during the COVID 19 lockdown. As a priest, I thought of trying to be functional in some way, despite all the churches being…

Sarawak, Malaysia: A Gem in the Jungle
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Sarawak, Malaysia: A Gem in the Jungle

To claim that it has not yet been discovered would be wrong. How could it be undiscovered if the locals have been using it since the dawn of the 20th Century? I mean, of course, the oldest Catholic Church building in Sarawak that is still standing today. Welcome to Sacred Heart Church, Bawan. Bawan Church…

Malaysia: The Mill Hill SUARA
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Malaysia: The Mill Hill SUARA

Magazine of the Mill Hill Missionaries in Malaysia. Issue 2021

Sabah, Malaysia: Taking the Gospel into the Rugged Interior
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Sabah, Malaysia: Taking the Gospel into the Rugged Interior

At that time, Paitan was just a cluster of villages deep inside the jungles where animism was rife. The forest ranger, a Catholic, had told them about how the villagers needed a lot of help from the outside world in terms of healthcare, education and nutrition. This team was to go and assess the situation…