Notifications and Updates from Penang Diocese

Notifications and Updates from Penang Diocese

Apr 19, 2024

Diocese of Penang

Blessings of the Risen Lord! Christ is truly Risen! Alleluia!

In Christus Vivit, we read the joyful words of Pope Francis in the opening paragraph of the Post-Synodal Exhortation to young people and to the entire people of God: "Christ is alive and He wants you to be alive!” It continues, “He is our hope, everything he touches becomes young, new, full of life. He is in you, He is with you and He never abandons you. However far you may wander, he is always there, the Risen One.”

Fr Errol Fernandes, SJ in one of his reflection writes “Because of Easter, Every Area Starts To Enter Renewal!”

I wish you newness of mind, heart and soul as we journey through the 50 days of celebration in this Glorious Mystery of Easter!

1. Provincial Council For Canossians
The new Provincial Council for the year 2024 to 2027 in the Province of Mater Dei as Canossians in Malaysia are as follows:

Sister Provincial Leader: Sr Christin Law
Sister Vice Provincial Leader: Sr Retta Savariannan
Sister Provincial Councillor: Sr Roslin Zaccharius

We congratulate them and continue to pray for their leadership and the mission of the congregation.

2. SGRG Core Team 2024-2027
I am pleased to share with you the core team of Shekinah Glory Renewal Group (SGRG) under the umbrella of CHARIS PENANG, a service of communion with all the expressions of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal of the Church in the Diocese of Penang. For more details, go to:

3. Graduates of the Second Malaysian Cohort, Two-Year Distance Learning Programme
I congratulate the thirteen individuals from the arch/dioceses of Kuala Lumpur, Malacca Johore and Penang who were conferred with the Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Catholic Culture (GCLCC) by the Australian Catholic University (ACU). May they continue to serve in their mission with greater zeal, wisdom and courage. For more, go to:

4. Diploma in Theology - Mandarin
I congratulate Jeanne J Saw who has recently obtained a Diploma in Theology conducted in Mandarin. This online studies is by the Catholic Theological Institute of Singapore encompassing a prerequisite of six modules for a certificate course and six modules for a diploma course. For more go to:

5. Kitab Deuterokanonika (DC) Bahasa Malaysia Versi Borneo I would greatly appreciate your kind assistance to share this message to all our Bahasa speaking community on the availability of this bible in Bahasa Malaysia. The contact information and other details can be found here

6. Ozanam Retirement Village
Ozanam Retirement Village (ORV) is a project by the National Society of St Vincent de Paul (SSVP) located at Taiping, Perak. The units are now available for booking. Contact details and other information can be found on the poster.

7. Arise Youth Day has been rescheduled and is now open to all the faithful
CHARIS Peninsular Malaysia Service of Communion (CPMSC) has cancelled the previous programme Arise Youth Day. A new programme titled Arise Day will be organised. This event will take place on September 13 and 14 and is open to all. It will be held at the Minor Basilica of St Anne, Bukit Mertajam. For more go to:

8. 2024 Feast of Sts Anne and Joachim, Minor Basilica of St Anne, Bukit Mertajam
The Novena and Feast of St Anne this year will begin from July 19 and culminate on July 28. Let us pray for all pilgrims, volunteers, celebrants and confessors as we experience a meaningful and grace-filled celebration through the intercession of St Anne and St Joachim. Go to:

9. Message for the month of Ramadan and Aidilfitri 2024

I am pleased to share with you the message from the Dicastery for Interreligious Dialogue titled, “Christians and Muslims: Extinguish the Fire of War and Light the Candle of Peace”. for the month of Ramadan and Aidilfitri. To read the message in full go to:

10. Caritas Penang Camp, You Make A Difference - May 4 & 5
Caritas Penang will be organising a weekend camp to experience and expose youth to the ministry of Social Mission in the Diocese of Penang. For registration and other details, go to

Cardinal Sebastian Francis

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