The Franciscan friars pay final respects to their deceased confrere

By Anna Yap fsp

Dec 7 2023

PULAU TIKUS, Penang – The Order of Friars Minors (OFM) celebrated a solemn Requiem Mass for a “simple” Franciscan friar at the Church of the Risen Christ here on 5 Dec 2023.  The sudden death of Friar Arul Sagayaraj Mariadass, 60, on Nov 28 in Sabah came as a shock to those who knew him.  He was assigned less than a year in the Kota Kinabalu Archdiocese.

Born in 1963 in Penang, the deceased entered the Franciscan Order, made his solemn profession in 1995, and was ordained a priest in 1997. The deceased was well-known for his simplicity and availability, according to those who knew him well.  This was brought out during the eulogies delivered by his nephew and nieces before Mass began. 

The Mass was presided by Friar Derrick Yap, Custos of the Custody of St Anthony (Malaysia-Singapore-Brunei), while the homily was preached by Friar John D’Cruz to a jam-packed church. He was buried at the Kelawei Road Catholic Cemetery.