More than 2,000 for the Mt Rosary pilgrimage in Sabah

Over two thousand Catholics from across Sabah as well as the neighbouring state of Sarawak gathered for the Mt Rosary pilgrimage in Kg Toboh Baru.

Sep 14, 2018

By Clarence George Dol
Over two thousand Catholics from across Sabah as well as the neighbouring state of Sarawak gathered for the Mt Rosary pilgrimage in Kg Toboh Baru.

Ranau Parish Priest, Fr Nicholas Stephen, told those who came that miracles happen everyday here, especially on Aug 31, where the real miracle is people coming from all corners to Mt Rosary.

“Last year, we carried the statue of Our Lady of Fatima, in procession across all of the villages in Ranau.

Many prayers were answered. Families that were separated by all sorts of circumstances were reunited, and many people who had lost track in their faith were reconciled and found their way back home,” he said.

“Not everyone who has money, car and possessions would come here unless God had called them. That is why you are the miracle, because you came here.”

One of the participants, Hillary Henry Ripan from St Theresa Parish, Serian, Sarawak, said the Mt Rosary Toboh Baru Ranau pilgrimage is an experience that he will never forget.

“This is my first time to Mt Rosary and I can tell you that I will remember this pilgrimage experience for a long time. Praise the Lord that I am here today. One day I will surely come again,” he said.

Another pilgrim, Rustina Amburus and her group from St Anthony of Padua Nunuk Ragang, Ranau Parish, said their love for Jesus brought them here despite many obstacles that would have weakened the hearts of others.

“Truly, our journey here was blessed despite so many obstacles that came in our way. Firstly, the only car we could find was faulty. When travelling uphill, the engine would stall.

“But there was some sort of excitement in our hearts, not because of the problematic transportation, but because of our longing for Christ, like He was calling for us to come here,” she said.

After a 2.5 kilometre procession with the statue of Our Lady of Fatima from Kg Tambiau to Mt Rosary in Kg Toboh Baru, many of the pilgrims admitted that they did not expect how uplifting the setting of the place would be for them.

Palmela Esther Mosinoh from St John Tuaran said she was impressed by what the little community has done in transforming the area in just a little time to become a place of worship and devotion.

“I believe that this Mt Rosary will, one day, become a very important and well known pilgrimage site. This will be a place where the faith of many, today as well as in the future, will be restored,” she said.

After the Holy Mass on Mt Rosary, Fr Nicholas signed a plaque symbolising the opening of the Kg Toboh Baru Ranau Mt Rosary as a pilgrimage site for all. Those who are interested to know more can contact the St Peter Claver Ranau office at 011-26271801.

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