Seminarian Raymond Lee ordained as Deacon

The Sandakan Diocese has great reason to rejoice because the diaconate ordination is indicative that God always provides workers in his vineyard.

Nov 27, 2021

Bishop Julius Dusin laying hands and praying over Seminarian Raymond Lee.


By Anathasia Thomas
Taking inspiration from Isaiah 41:10 “Do not be afraid, for I am with you; do not be alarmed, for I am your God. I give you strength, truly I help you, truly I hold you firm with my saving right hand”, seminarian Raymond Lee Seng Huat was ordained deacon on November 15 at St Mary’s Cathedral.

The Sandakan Diocese has great reason to rejoice because the diaconate ordination is indicative that God always provides workers in his vineyard. Bishop Julius Dusin Gitom was the happiest man as he ordained the seventh deacon and the first deacon from the Chinese Community since the start of the diocese in 2007. Bishop Julius mentioned that this ordination was also a sign that the faith of the Chinese community, as well as the parish community, as a whole, is active and growing from strength to strength.

Seminarian Raymond’s pastoral formation began in 2016. He was assigned to serve in the Holy Trinity Church, Tawau. In 2019, he served in St Martin’s Church, Telupid and in 2020, he did his pastoral work with the Paitan Mission. He later served at St Theresa’s Church, Serian, Sarawak, before returning to Sandakan.

The process of the diaconate ordination started a week prior when seminarian Raymond received the Rite of Admission to Candidacy for Holy Orders on Nov 10 at St Mary’s Cathedral.

The ordination Mass took place at the same place on Monday, Nov 15. About 200 parishioners, including Archbishop John Wong of the Archdiocese of Kota Kinabalu, priests from the various parishes in the Diocese of Sandakan, families and friends of seminarian Raymond, were present. The Mass was also live-streamed for parishioners unable to participate in person.

Bishop Julius reminded seminarian Raymond that he should uphold his good reputation, filled with wisdom and the Holy Spirit, and that he shall exercise his ministry committed to a life of celibacy. Seminarian Raymond then made his promises of obedience before Bishop Julius.

Deacon Raymond shared that his journey in the seminarian formation was met with many challenges, and the diaconate ordination was not a means to an end but the beginning of another journey. He urged the parishioners to continue praying for him and supporting him so that he would be a humble servant of God, serving his Church and the community. --Dospo

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