Honouring service and humanity

The inaugural AOHD Legacy Night was a testament to the impactful contributions of individuals across the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur. The event served as a celebratory tribute and recognition of the dedication of those who have served and continue to enrich their communities.

Dec 22, 2023

Brother Anthony Rogers FSC receiving the Soter Fernandez Humanitarian Award.


PETALING JAYA: The inaugural AOHD Legacy Night was a testament to the impactful contributions of individuals across the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur. The event served as a celebratory tribute and recognition of the dedication of those who have served and continue to enrich their communities.

Held at the Crystal Crown Hotel on December 10, the legacy night was attended by 270 guests, including dignitaries, religious leaders, and dedicated individuals from various parishes, NGOs, and communities affiliated with the Archdiocesan Office for Human Development (AOHD). Themed To Appreciate and Celebrate the event highlighted the selfless efforts of individuals who have gone above and beyond in serving their communities and the Archdiocese.

It was an evening filled with activities where guests engaged with a photo booth, a 360-degree video setup, and a ‘Christmas wish tree’ designed to fulfil the wishes of children in need. Additionally, a booth by the Creation Justice Ministry sold upcycled Christmas ornaments made by the B40, contributing 30 per cent of profits to aid the National Cancer Society of Malaysia.

The evening began with a prayer led by Fr Albet Arockiasamy, the ecclesiastical assistant for AOHD, followed by Archbishop Julian Leow’s opening address. In a moment of reverence, the archbishop called for a minute of silence to honour those who have passed away, in particular the late Fr Jestus Pereira who had passed away four days earlier.

The ceremony featured several awards, including the Long Service Award presented by Archbishop Julian to exemplary individuals who had served in the archdiocese in various capacities. Recognitions were given to Helen Patricia Martin, Philomena Gnanapragasam, Augustine Retnasamy, Gloria Bon, Paul Anthony, Christina Chew, Augustine Mahalingam, Filvah Savarimuthu and Francis Fernandez.

The Outstanding Individual Award honoured those unsung heroes who made an impact in their respective communities. Nominations for this category were made by the parishes. Awards were presented to Rachel Sally, Mildred Lopez, Catherine Maria Ambrose and Dr Mary Rayappan.

Special recognition was extended to organisations collaborating with the Archdiocese during the pandemic. CREST Malaysia, Taiwan Buddhist Tzu-Chi Foundation, Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism & Taoism (MCCBCHST), and Allied Coordinating Committee of Islamic NGOs (ACCIN) received the Exceptional Organisation Award.

Bro Anthony Rogers, FSC, who was the first director of the National Office for Human Development, honoured the memory of everyday saints who have served the Archdiocese, and in tribute to the late Cardinal Soter Fernandez, an award titled The Soter Fernandez Humanitarian Award was bestowed upon Bro Rogers for his exceptional service in human development.

Another inaugural award, The Murphy Pakiam Human Fraternity Award, dedicated to Archbishop Emeritus Murphy Pakiam, recognised Sr Loh Pai Ling for fostering interreligious dialogue and building bridges between communities. Sr Loh is the first lady president of the Buddhist Missionary Society Malaysia. The award was presented by Archbishop Emeritus Pakiam himself.

The event marked additional milestones with the unveiling of the Integral Human Development book by Fr Paul Dass, SJ and the launch of AOHD’s revamped website, www.aohd.org.

A poignant In Memoriam segment showcased photographs of departed individuals, evoking emotions and paying homage to their enduring legacies.

AOHD director Dr Gary Liew concluded the night with a closing speech, expressing gratitude to attendees, congratulating awardees, and expressing hope for continued inspiration in carrying forth the legacy

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