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12th July 2020

Malaysia: On Being Gay in a Homophobic Country

“Being gay in a homophobic country, with almost everyone and everything invalidating you and your experience and life, is lonely and depressing,” said Rawther, whose original name was Tahir. “I was lucky enough to be blessed by supportive parents. Their acceptance and support mean the world to me and are absolutely beneficial for my mental health.” Rawther, who came out to his parents in his … Read more

Dotpainting – Light in the Darkness

There is a hidden meaning in this painting which needs explanation. The meaning gradually developed when I was painting myself, born between the two rivers (Dinkel and Regge, top and bottom blue lines), becoming a member of Mill Hill (the red lines left and right, sign of the sash or girdle of a Mill Hill Missionary), arriving at the Iban (the ukir or Iban-painting in … Read more

Sarawak, Malaysia: Tribute to Brother Albert Rottensteiner MHM

Pioneering Mill Hill Catholic missionary Brother Albert Rottensteiner (pic), who built Sarawak’s first micro-hydroelectric dam, has passed away. Brother Albert, an Italian missionary who holds a Malaysian permanent resident status, died aged 87 in the missionary retirement home in Brixen town in northern Italy on April 29. He had served in Miri Catholic Diocese in northern Sarawak for 38 years, transforming the lives of thousands of … Read more

Malaysia: Mill Hill Missionaries Livestreaming Eucharist

Although church buildings have been closed and all public gatherings and celebrations have been cancelled in accordance with the decision of the government to restrict public movement as a way to limit the spread of Covid-19, it has not stopped priests in Sarawak from carrying out their pastoral and spiritual activities for the spiritual nourishment of God’s people entrusted to their care. Spiritual activities such … Read more

Suara, Mill Hill Missionary Magazine for Malaysia

It is Good to be Here My name is Fr. Liam Durrant and I was born and brought up in London, England. I am delighted to have received a mission appointment to work in the Diocese of Miri. I arrived here at the beginning of May last year and have been assigned to work in St Dominic and the Rosary Church, Taman Tunku, Miri. I … Read more

Malaysia: Minorities on Edge

In Malaysia, geographically at the more Muslim end of the Malay-Indonesia archipelago, the hardliners have gained a foothold in the federal ruling alliance for the first time since 1974. This has sparked immediate and obvious fears from Christian denominations. It will also have sparked even deeper fears for the Chinese, who have suffered both personal and institutional racism since the British left. Chinese are on … Read more

Muka, East Malaysia: Asian Cluster Meeting of the Mill Hill Missionaries

The Asian Cluster Meeting was held in Mukah, Sarawak, East Malaysia from 20th to 24th January 2020. The Society Representatives from mission areas of Pakistan, India, Malaysia and the Philippines met together with the Asian Councillor who facilitated the meeting. The General Superior who happened to be in Sarawak for an official visitation of the membership there also attended the meeting. The meeting began with … Read more

Bethlehem: A Malaysian Pilgrimage

The popularity among Christians in Malaysia of pilgrimages to The Holy Land, Rome, Lourdes, Fatima and other places of significance is unmistakable. This year our Mill Hill Procurator in Rome, Fr Guido Gockel mhm, accompanied a group of Malaysian pilgrims to the Holy Land. Viewing Fr Guido’s extensive experience as a missionary in both Malaysia and the Holy Land what better guide could you wish … Read more

Brunei: Near Total Ban on Christmas Celebrations

In a move that bears striking similarities to Biblical stories from the Roman occupation of the Holy Land, Christians are only allowed to celebrate Christmas within the privacy of their own homes and only after they have notified authorities. Any breaches can result in jail terms of up to five years and fines of up to US$20,000, or both, following the growing influence of Wahhabism, … Read more

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