Fr Raymond Chong took the path less travelled!

A much-loved priest who headed the Kuala Lumpur Archdiocese School of Evangelisation, Reverend Father Raymond Chong, passed away on Thursday, May 13, aged 60.

May 15, 2021

By Vincent D’Silva
A much-loved priest who headed the Kuala Lumpur Archdiocese School of Evangelisation, Reverend Father Raymond Chong, passed away on Thursday, May 13, aged 60.

He was admitted to hospital last Sunday after complaining of chest pains and died of a cardiac arrest on Thursday.

He leaves behind eight siblings, relatives and friends to mourn his loss.

Upon his ordination on November 24, 1992, he served as assistant parish priests at the Church of St. Anthony in Kuala Lumpur from 1992 – 1998. 

In 1999, he began his sabbatical in the United States of America. Upon his return in 2002, Fr. Chong requested for leave of absence from the presbyterial ministry. Several Catholic came to his wake at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Johor Bahru.

The funeral mass was held on Friday, May 14, at the same church at 10.30 am. Bishop Bernard Paul was the principal celebrant assisted by Fathers James Gabriel and Adrian Francis and seven other priests.



In his opening remarks, Bishop Bernard said that we remember Fr. Raymond in our own unique way as we come together today.

“He had been a son, a brother to some, a friend to many, a priest to the clergy and to the people.  Some look at him and remember him as an evangelist,” Bishop Bernard said.

He said some Catholics would remember him as being involved in the healing and deliverance ministry. Others may say that he took the path that was less travelled.

Bishop Bernard also mentioned that the late Fr. Raymond was his junior year while studying in the seminary.

In his homily later, the prelate said that for many of us, death is a loss. It is a heart-wrecking loss because there is a certain feeling of pain when we lose someone.

He said all of us have to face death. None of us is spared from it. And death has no favourites.

“It favours no one and respects no persons. Nobody can say it won’t touch me, him or her,” he stressed.

But for us, he said, as Christians, death does not have the last say. Death is not the end because there is life after life. And life continues.

“Jesus himself said he who believes in me, I will raise him up on the last day,” Bishop Bernard said.

He then said that death is tragic in a way but yet it is a reality. Fr. Raymond will be missed by his friends, family, clergy of Kuala Lumpur Archdiocese, and his Archbishop Julien Leow.

“Fr. Raymond loves the Lord. He believed in something. He died living in it. And God knows him better than any of us,” he said.

In a message to Bishop Bernard, Archbishop Julian Leow thanked him for presiding at Fr. Chong’s funeral Mass; due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the restrictions imposed on us by the Movement Control Order (MCO), he wasn’t able to be present here today.

After the funeral Mass, the casket was wheeled out of the church by the priests and taken to the Sungei Tiram Catholic cemetery in Ulu Tiram, where he was laid to rest.

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A man of god with CHARISM of Holy Spirit. I know him well
Jane salomeJane salome7119@gmail.com
We need to wach, late father . Raymond chong buriel he die on may 13.5.2021 age 60 we need see the casket buriel.
Marie Rosamaninavaratnam@gmail.com
May He rest in peace.