Mill Hill Missionaries in Sarawak, Malaysia (1)

It is not a question I ask lightly: " Are you happy and fulfilled here?" The answer comes at once and without hesitation: "Yes, I am!" Mathews Olili mhm from Kenya is one of a 'new breed' of Mill Hill missionaries working in Sarawak, Malaysia. He was the first African Mill Hill missionary to come to this region when he arrived four years ago. Several others from a variety of African and Asian countries have followed him since then.

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Wrong to spiritualise poverty

Cardinal John Onaiyekan, Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja has said that it is wrong “to spiritualize poverty.” In his address to the 51st International Eucharistic Congress (IEC), currently taking place in Cebu, Philippines, on the theme “The Eucharist and the Dialogue with the Poor and Suffering,” Cardinal Onaiyekan said that “poverty mean many things” and therefore must never be spiritualized. “Actually, in the Church poverty can be a virtue. We speak of the evangelical counsels of chastity, poverty, and obedience. The word poverty itself could be positive,” he told Vatican Radio. “We cannot spiritualize poverty as if it is a good thing,” said Cardinal Onaiyekan. “It can never be a good thing.” However, he said there is a different kind of poverty – “misery” – which cannot be welcomed.

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Christian Vibrancy in Sarawak, Malaysia

You can't get around the Home Cell Groups in the diocese of Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia. They are the life blood of the Catholic community. Functioning like Basic Christian Communities with a strongly charismatic flavour they have brought vitality and new inspiration to the parishes of the town of Bintulu in particular.

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Climbing Mount Singai, Kuching, Malaysia

I climbed Mt Singai, the spiritual home of the Singai Bidayuh in Borneo. I had climbed it twice before, some years previously, but, this time the 1007 steps were almost too much for me and, at one point, I felt I might have to give up. However, my two seminarian companions urged me to stop and rest awhile and then together we finished the rest of the climb and reached the top. We were not alone in climbing the Singai – there were up to a thousand people altogether climbing with us – for we were climbing to remember and celebrate the 130th anniversary of the first Mill Hill Father to climb the mountain and begin the long process of bringing the Gospel to the Bidayuh, who lived there. As the Society Representative of Mill Hill in Malaysia, I was expected to take part, and so, drenched with sweat and out of breath as I was when I arrived, I was given a great welcome and was pleased to be there with them all at the place where the Gospel was first preached in that region.

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Road to Mercy Pilgrimage

For the Catholic diocese of Sibu in Sarawak, Malaysia, pilgrimage is the dominant theme for the celebration of The Jubilee Year of Mercy. The 'Road to Mercy' pilgrimage was launched on 8th December 2015 some hours even before - taking into account the time zone - Pope Francis opened the Holy Door at St Peter's in Rome! Starting at St Teresa's cathedral in Sibu a pilgrimage cross and icon of mercy will travel to the 12 parishes of the diocese and stay a month in each. During that month each parish in turn will become the central focus of the Road of Mercy, and prayer and activities will centre around the theme of mercy.

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