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19 January 2021

News from Carmel in Malaysia

With great joy, we are sending the news which has reached us of our brothers and sisters in this Asian country.

Despite the difficulties imposed due to the pandemic and keeping the security measures indicated by the authorities, the communities of friars, nuns and seculars in Malaysia celebrated a three-fold festival on the ocasión of the Feast day of St. John of the Cross, 14th December, just gone.

In addition to the Saint’s Feast day, the 90th anniversary of the foundation of the Convent of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus (1930-2020) was celebrated and the 60th anniversary of the presence of missionaries with Mother Consuelo de Jesús, who left Spain at the age of 32 to go to the  Convent in Kota Kinabalu (then Jesselton) on 12th  April, 1960. She was superior of the community for more than 30 years and at the age of 93 still enjoys very good health.

The ceremony was presided over by the Archbishop, Mons. John Wong, accompanied by the community chaplain, Fr Mattheus Luta, Fr. Cosme Lee, Fr David Sham and 30 members of the Carmelite family. Mons. Wong addressed some touching words to Mother Consuelo, whose vocation he interpreted in the light of the Prophet Isaiah, encouraging her to continue with her sisters, on the luminous dark journey suggested by St. John of the Cross so as to be, like him, witnesses to the love of God, through the redemptive incarnation in Christ, always at the service of the local and universal Church. He ended his exhortation thanking the presence and gift of the Carmelite sisters, who have seven sisters in formation at the present time.

After celebration of Mass, the president of the OCDS, sister Celestine Jinu, invited everyone to a fraternal agape outside the Chapel. The birthday cake in honour of the occasion was distributed by Mons. Wong, on behalf of the Carmelite community, which had made it.

This news was reported in the local media as can be seen:

Our gratitude to Mrs. Catherine Wan and her newspaper for the news and the accompanying photo.