Sorry for the intermittent posting over the weekend.
I had the pleasure of being with the Jesuit Novice Master, Fr. Phillip Heng, SJ, the Socius or Asssistant Novice Master, Fr. Colin Tan, SJ and 11 novices from
I was expecting them in Penang this time of year and had emailed Fr. Phillip but apparently he had already left
Here, you can see Fr. Phillip and Fr. Colin concelebrating with Fr. Mark, our Assistant Parish Priest.
Our Charismatics are an aging bunch, as you can see from the photos.
Anyway, I took the following day off to take the novices and Fr. Colin around town. Fr. Phillip decided to stay back at the College General, where they are staying, to complete several reports. We visited several Churches, including the former Cathedral of the Assumption, the
We also visited several historical places such as the Cheong Fatt Tze mansion, the Kapitan Kling Mosque and took a ferry ride to the mainland and back. On the way, we also stopped by the Church Street Pier, the Victoria Diamond Jubilee Memorial Clock Tower, the Padang and the Old Town Hall and Municipal Buildings, Fort Cornvallis, the Legislative Council Buildings, the Anglican St. George’s Church and the Old Cemetery where Captain Francis Light, the Founder and First Governor of Penang is buried. We also had the chance to pray at the graves of 12 Chinese Christians who fled the Taiping Rebellion in China. Overall, it was a good, albeit tiring, day.
The following day was spent having a football match, which was in fact a re-match since we lost by 11 goals to one last year, which deserves its own post.
On Sunday, I also had the pleasure of joining the Fathers and the novices for Mass for the Feast of the Epiphany at the Chapel of the Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Motherhood at the Mt. Miriam Cancer Hospital which they run.
The Chapel has these cool choir stalls.
The reverent Mass was celebrated by Fr. Colin, seen here.
The beautiful and simple chapel holds a commanding view of the island and the city as well as the seminary which it borders. You can see the rain enveloping the city here as we’re been forecasted to have several days of rain in the wake to a tropical depression formed over the South China Sea.
I’m looking forward to another fruitful visit next year, Deo volente.