All the 22 religious sisters, brothers and priests joining the procession entering the Sacred Heart Cathedral, Sibu

By Sibu Soccom

Feb 13 2024

SIBU – Sibu Sacred Heart Cathedral celebrated the Feast Day of the Presentation of the Lord which fell on the same day as the World Day for Consecrated Life, Feb 2, 2024.

Bishop Joseph Hii, the main celebrant celebrated the Feast Day Mass with the presence of two capuchin priests from Order of Friars Minor, two priests from Claretian Missionaries and two Diocesan Priests.

During the liturgy, close to 22 consecrated religious from the Marist brothers, Order of Friars Minor, Claretian Missionaries, Sister of St Francis of Sarawak and Monastery St Theresa of the Child Jesus gathered to pledge their life of poverty, obedience and chastity.

In his Homily, Bishop Joseph Hii echoed the message of our Holy Father, Pope Francis on celebrating our baptism; the sacrament that unite us together in synodality as we journey together in communion, participating in the mission of Christ, said the bishop.

He encouraged all parishioners to find out their date of baptism and celebrate their baptism with “Happy Baptism-day!”

Following the footstep of the Father of religious life, St Anthony, all religious brothers and sisters live a life that manifest a “gila” love for Jesus Christ. “Crazy” because they give themselves completely to Jesus. They are the best example of being true followers of Jesus Christ.

Bishop Hii thanked the religious for their sacrifices and the selfless services that they provide for the blessings of the church, the world, creation at large and whole of humanity.

He also encouraged religious life aspirants to have the courage to answer the call for vocation of consecrated life as witnesses of Jesus and the Gospel value.

Earlier before the Mass, the religious sisters had a time of reflection that was followed by a fellowship and agape. 

22 consecrated Religious from the Marist brother, Order of Friars Minor, Claretian Missionaries, Sister of St Francis of Sarawak and Monastery St Theresa of the Child Jesus gathered with His Lordship Bishop Joseph Hii

Religious Sisters of St Francis of Sarawak during the Feast Day of Presentation of the Lord

Religious Sisters of St Francis of Sarawak during the Feast Day of Presentation of the Lord