In 1942, the Japanese invaded what is now East Malaysia: Sarawak and Sabah. They interned all the Mill Hill missionaries as enemy aliens, except for those from Tyrol, a German speaking part of northern Italy, because Italy was an ally of the Japanese. There were two such Mill Hill men in Sarawak and eight in Sabah, but when, in 1945, Italy surrendered, the eight men in Sabah were rounded up by the Japanese and marched off to an internment camp. They never arrived. Somewhere on that journey, they were killed; we don’t know how and we are not sure where, for their remains have never been found.
Climbing the holy mountain, Mount Singai.
The reputation of mission schools as centers of excellence and learning remains intact and they continue to draw students from all communities, much to the government's chagrin. (Ucanews)
The pastoral responsibilities in Sarikei, a large and well established parish in the diocese of Sibu, are shared by Frs James Ting and Vincent Oates mhm. Fr Vincent Oates mhm returned to Malaysia after many fruitful years of missionary service in Pakistan, Britain and India. Together they also minister to a considerable number of longhouses in the outlying district.
Mill Hill Missionaries honoured.
Fr John Mc Auley mhm Lapok is little more than a cluster of shops situated in a valley along the Tinjar river at just over and hour's drive from Miri. The village is defined by an elegantly arched concrete bridge across the Tinjar river. Fr John Mc Auley (aka 'Makuleh') serves here as assistant to Fr Andrew Lee, a young and enthusistic diocesan priest with a degree in Sacred Scripture, Working together with yet another young priest, they cover a wide area of longhouses in the surrounding district.
Fr Guido Gockel mhm returned to his first love, the people of the diocese of Miri, Malaysia, after more than thirty years of service elsewhere. Bishop Richard Ng asked him to take charge of the parish of St Dominic and the Rosary in the satellite town of Taman Tunku.
Philip Odhiambo Obaso mhm Philip Odhiambo Obaso mhm (Kenya) serves in the parish of Bintangor. During a recent visit I asked him his view of current pastoral and missionary priorities in this parish and in the diocese of Sibu as a whole.
Onesimus Kihokolho mhm Kanowit is the oldest mission in the Rejang river. The express-boat from Kapit took just two hours to reach Kanowit. Several catechists greeted us enthusiastically upon arrival. After a short drive we shook hands with Oniz Kihokholo mhm (Uganda) at the parish house. Oniz arrived here just over a year ago and is still perfecting his knowledge of the language. He is here as assistant to Fabian Kong, a Chinese priest.
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.