Neocatechumenal presence in East Malaysia

The first community of the Neocatechumenal Way was started in the Sacred Heart Cathedral parish in Kota Kinabalu in September 1980 when the late Fr Tobias Chi was the rector and the late Simon Fung was Bishop.

Jul 24, 2021

KOTA KINABALU: The first community of the Neocatechumenal Way was started in the Sacred Heart Cathedral parish in Kota Kinabalu in September 1980 when the late Fr Tobias Chi was the rector and the late Simon Fung was Bishop.

In 2002, the late Carmen Fernandez, together with co-founder Kiko Arguello and team member Fr Mario Pezzi, visited Sabah when the local Neocatechumenal Way sponsored a gathering of 120 Asian bishops, 254 priests and laypersons in family ministry to affirm the need to journey together in small communities to fulfil the Church’s evangelising mission in Asia.

Archbishop John Lee, who hosted the event said in his welcome remarks that the idea of journeying together in small communities seemed to be the common pastoral goal. “This move is imperative, because we are ‘a small flock’ within the fast-developing economies and societies in the region.”

Today, there are several Neocatechumenal communities in Dontozidon, Tuaran, Sandakan, Kepayan, Tawau, Lahad Datu, Kota Marudu, Papar, Kota Belud, and in the Diocese of Sibu, Sarawak. Each community wishes to rediscover and live the Christian life to the full — to live the essential consequences of their Baptism, by means of the Neocatechumenate that moves at different stages. — HERALD

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