Opening Mass for aspirants in Kota Kinabalu

“Why do you want to become a priest?” This question was asked by Archbishop John Wong in his first address to the 21 young men comprising new aspirants and seminarians who have come forward to begin their journey towards the priestly vocation.

Feb 27, 2021

 By Seminarian Yosef Jup
“Why do you want to become a priest?” This question was asked by Archbishop John Wong in his first address to the 21 young men comprising new aspirants and seminarians who have come forward to begin their journey towards the priestly vocation.

The formation programme is traditionally held at the Catholic Archdiocesan Centre (CAC) located in Penampang, while the Initiation Year seminarians will begin their priestly formation from St Peter’s College, Kota Kinabalu.

At the opening Mass for the new Academic Year of CAC Aspirant and  Initiation Year Seminarians, Archbishop Wong highlighted that the priesthood is not a career but, rather a commitment to a life of prayer and pondering upon the Word of God.  This is the foundation of the priesthood and should be the guide to answer the question which he posed to them.

Prior to his address, the Archbish op, in his homily, invited the seminarians and the aspirants to reflect on the importance of Jesus as the centre, not only of the journey towards priesthood but also in their daily life.

Joining the Archbishop at the altar were Fr Mattheus Luta (Director of the Initiation Year), Fr Isidore Gilbert (Director of CAC Aspirants), and Fr Paul Lo.

The opening of the Academic Calendar was held at St Peter’s College, Kota Kinabalu on February 16, 2021.

This Year was unique as the church complies with the SOP protocols imposed by the government to flatten the spread of COVID-19. The event was only celebrated among the seminarians and formators without any outside guests.––Catholic Sabah

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