More vocations needed

There is a grave shortage of priests in the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur. Presently, there are only about 50 odd active priests (diocesan and religious) serving in the archdiocese, covering five states, with a total estimated Catholic population of 190,000. Several priests have also retired due to old age.

Jul 05, 2014

By Bernard Anthony
There is a grave shortage of priests in the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur. Presently, there are only about 50 odd active priests (diocesan and religious) serving in the archdiocese, covering five states, with a total estimated Catholic population of 190,000. Several priests have also retired due to old age.

Archbishop Emeritus Murphy Pakiam has said that the archdiocese is facing a shortage of priests. Many priests are ‘over-extended’, stretched out, strained, not just in providing sacramental life to the faithful; but doing other duties like witnessing in BECs, formations, etc . “Pray for them (the priests)”, added the prelate. He said this on June 21, after celebrating the Confirmation Mass at the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (SHC) in Jalan Peel.

The prelate asked the Catholic community to also pray for more vocations to the priesthood and to encourage young men to join the seminary.

Earlier, Fr Christopher W. Soosaipillai who is the SHC parish priest and also the KL Archdiocese Vocation Director also asked young men to join the diocesan priesthood.

According to Fr Chris, presently there are only eight Diocesan seminarians (from KL Archdiocese) studying in the seminaries- four in College General, Penang, three in Kuching and one in Singapore.

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