Father Michael (Mike) O’Brien MHM Has Died.  R.I.P.
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Father Michael (Mike) O’Brien MHM Has Died. R.I.P.

It is with regret that we inform you of the death on the afternoon of the 27th day of April, 2022 at the Beacon Hospital, Dublin, Ireland, aged 80, of Father Michael (Mike) O’Brien Mill Hill Missionary May he rest in peace Mike, as we knew him affectionately in the Mill Hill Missionaries, was born…

Sabah, Malaysia: Pilgrimage in Honour of Pioneering Missionaries
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Sabah, Malaysia: Pilgrimage in Honour of Pioneering Missionaries

Malaysian Catholics have participated in a special pilgrimage during Lent to honor missionaries who brought and nurtured Catholic faith in northern Borneo in the 19th century. Some 50 Catholics from Blessed Sacrament Church in Labuan in the Archdiocese of Kota Kinabalu, including parish priest Father Thomas Madanan, joined the pilgrimage despite scorching summer sun on April…

‘A Good Catholic’ – A Reflection by Fr Guido Gockel MHM
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‘A Good Catholic’ – A Reflection by Fr Guido Gockel MHM

At the beginning of his ministry, Jesus went to the synagogue in Nazareth where he read from the prophet Isaiah:“The Spirit of the Lord is upon mebecause he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor.He has sent me to proclaim release to the captivesand recovering of sight to the blind,to set at…

Malaysian Catechists Renew Commitment
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Malaysian Catechists Renew Commitment

Hundreds of lay catechists and volunteers in Malaysia have renewed their pastoral commitments to serve the local Church by faith formation of families, teaching of catechesis and sharing the Word of God. More than 200 catechists made the vows during a special recollection and Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral of Kota Kinabalu Archdiocese in Sabah state and…

Kalimantan – In Defense of the Dayak Iban People
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Kalimantan – In Defense of the Dayak Iban People

Land grabbing, illegal logging, and land conversion, however, threatened the indigenous communities on the island of Kalimantan. Archbishop Agus said that aside from outside help, the Dayak Iban people need to have their rights to their land protected. During his pastoral visit to remote area in Kapuas Hulu District in West Kalimantan (Borneo) Province, the…

Synodal Process: Malaysian Church Leadership Sees Hurdles
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Synodal Process: Malaysian Church Leadership Sees Hurdles

Catholic bishops in Malaysia, Singapore, and Brunei have admitted that they too faced challenges in their work as they continue in efforts to dialogue with people in the Church’s synodal process. “We have been asking the people and the priests of their ideas and struggles,” said Bishop Sebastian Francis of Penang, president of the Catholic…

Sabah, Malaysia: Korean Missionaries Outreach
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Sabah, Malaysia: Korean Missionaries Outreach

Korean missionary Father Leo Choi Sangki started the shelter out of “love for the children of Sabah” in 2016. The priests belong to a Korean missionary institute called Societas Clericalis Sanctissimae Trinitastis de Mirinae (Clerical Society of the Most Holy Trinity of Mirinae), founded in 1976 by Father Francis Xavier Tjeong. The society is based in…

Sabah, Malaysia: Bishop Reflects on Pandemic
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Sabah, Malaysia: Bishop Reflects on Pandemic

Sandakan (Agenzia Fides) – “We are disciples and brothers in Christ even if we are socially separated. Christ’s mission does not stop when we are separated to contain the spread of the virus”, said Mgr. Julius Dusin Gitom, Bishop of Sandakan, in the province of Sabah, in Malaysian Borneo. Mgr. Gitom is the first bishop…

Malaysia: Anti-Minorities Bill Meets with Resistance from Churches
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Malaysia: Anti-Minorities Bill Meets with Resistance from Churches

Meanwhile, the Association of Churches in Sarawak (ACS), an inter-denominational group in Sarawak State, has also expressed “surprise” over Ahmad Marzuk’s announcement about new sharia laws in a statement on Sept. 9. The ACS, headed by Bishop Simon Poh of Catholic Archdiocese of Kuching, said that present or any future attempts to introduce sharia bills affecting non-Muslim religions…

Missiocom Malaysia
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Missiocom Malaysia

The word “Mission” conjures up nostalgic notions of travelling to distant lands to preach the gospel to people who have not heard about Jesus Christ. Up to recently, missionaries were still considered in such a category. They are those who have dedicated their whole lives to taking the good news to a foreign land. In…

Fr Michael Mandagiri MHM Shares Experiences of Mission
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Fr Michael Mandagiri MHM Shares Experiences of Mission

Fr Michael is clearly committed to his ministry and to his new-found community in Malaysia. But he also touchingly reminded us that missionaries leave their homes and families to ignite God’s love throughout the world. When asked what he missed from home, he told us: ‘Mostly my family, and then the food! A good curry…