Visitation parishioners bid farewell to Fr George Harrison

The Church of the Visitation bid farewell to their Parish Priest, Fr George Harrison on December 31. He had served in the parish for the last four and a half years.

Feb 07, 2020

By Paul Peter Fernandez
The Church of the Visitation bid farewell to their Parish Priest, Fr George Harrison on December 31. He had served in the parish for the last four and a half years. Fr George has been appointed to serve the Dicastery for Promoting Human Development under the Roman Curia in the Vatican. Assistant Parish Priest, Fr Xavier Andrew, was appointed as the Parish Priest of the Church of the Visitation and Friar Kenneth Gopal OCD as Assistant Parish Priest effective January 1.

On New Year’s Eve 2019, Fr George presided at the 8.00 pm multi-lingual Mass. The Mass was concelebrated with Fr Xavier, Friar Fr Kenneth and Fr Christopher Loh.

In his homily, Fr George asked the congregation to recall the numerous blessings that they had received from God throughout the year 2019. The Church, he said was given this day, the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, who gave us Jesus. Fr George said Jesus continues to bless us as we usher in the New Year. Referring to the simple shepherds who saw baby Jesus in the manger on Christmas day, Fr George said that our lives too must be simple, always ready to listen, reflect and pray. As the Church also celebrates World Day of Peace, it is hoped that peace will be in our hearts, in our homes and in the world. He concluded his homily by urging all to be a blessing to one another.

At the end of the Mass, representatives from the Languages Apostolates namely Ignatius Wong (Mandarin), Eruthayana than (Tamil), John Maynard (English) and Albert Izuli (KUBM) came forward to say a few words. July, an Orang Asal from Kampung Sebir, presented a memento to Fr George.

Fr Kenneth also said a few words on behalf of the Carmelite community in Seremban.

Fr Xavier described Fr George as someone who is socially active, physically dynamic, spiritually discerning, pastorally giving and charismatic.

In his speech, Fr George recalled visiting the chapels in the estates and the Chapel of St Augustine in Titi, Jelebu, celebrating Masses and visiting homes of parishioners who became very close to his heart. He remembered vividly the first home visit he made to a gentleman in Titi. Fr George asked the congregation to keep him in prayer and to give their fullest support to Fr Xavier and Friar Fr Kenneth.

Archbishop Julian Leow, who was pre sent, thanked Fr George for saying yes and accepting the invitation to work in the Vatican and wished him all the very best.

Fr Christopher and Fr Kenneth then presented gifts to Fr George. In a symbolic gesture of handing over his duties as Parish Priest, Fr George presented the Key to the Minangkabau style Tabernacle to Fr Xavier. The key, Fr George said, represents Jesus Christ who is the Centre of everything.

The Mass was followed by a simple farewell fellowship, which was held in the Visitation Community Hall. There were some performances by groups and individuals. A song composed by the Orang Asal entitled Sampai Jumpa Di Lain Hari was sung in honour of Fr George.

Fr George left for Rome on January 4 from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). He was seen off  by a small group of parishioners.

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