Malacca Johore Diocese has a new deacon — William Pillai

The Diocese of Malacca Johore celebrated a happy occasion with the Diaconate ordination of Bro William Pillai on Tuesday, April 13.

Apr 17, 2021

Deacon William Pillai with Bishop Bernard Paul


BATU PAHAT, JOHOR:
The Diocese of Malacca Johore celebrated a happy occasion with the Diaconate ordination of Bro William Pillai on Tuesday, April 13. The Eucharistic celebration, which was live streamed, was held at the Church of St Henry to which the Deaconto-be William had been attached for his pastoral work since July 2020.

Bishop Bernard Paul was the main celebrant with Bishop Emeritus Paul Tan, Vicar Generals Msgrs Peter Ng and Michael Mannayagam, and Fr Louis Chin, parish priest of St Henry’s con-celebrating and Deacon Leslie Petrus assisting. Fr Adrian Francis Matthews was the MC. Apart from the family and friends of Bro William, only priests from Johor were present to witness  the ceremony since interstate travel restrictions are still in place.

At the brief homily before Dea con-to-be William Pillai made his vows, Bishop Bernard reminded Bro William of what is expected  of him as an ordained clergyman. With the theme Come and have Breakfast and the Gospel passage on John 21:1-14 related to this theme, Bishop Bernard urged the Deacon-to-be to be a “fisher of men” – to become a discerning man of God as discernment begins in God, where the man is sent by God and gathers and builds with God.

Initially, the ordination was scheduled to be held on January 25, but due to the second MCO the event was postponed to April. Valerie Koh, the parish secretary, who was involved in the planning of the event shared their difficulties especially in ensuring adherence to the SOP. Preparations were made even more challenging when the  town was flooded on April 5 – right after Easter Sunday and approximately a week before the event. Thankfully the organ, which had been affected by the flood and was producing unwanted sounds during the rehearsal the night before, worked perfectly on that day.

When asked how he felt on the day of his ordination, Deacon William shared that he had mixed feelings as the process of preparing for the ordination was arduous and exhausting. He did not get much sleep in the past two days before the ceremony and so prayed that God would grant him joy. And it was a joyous day indeed. Now, Deacon William looks forward to actively bringing Christ to society. — By Angila Yong ofs

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