KUCHING – The construction of the Mother Mary Home and Chapel for retired priests which started in May 2007 was recently completed. Situated in Stutong at Lorong Setia Raja 14 (Off Jalan Setia Raja), the complex includes a chapel, 16 units of ground floor and upper floor apartments, a multi-purpose room and an open courtyard.
In conjunction with the completion of the Home, the Apostolic Delegate to Malaysia, Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio, was invited to officiate the blessing of the complex on 12 April. He was assisted by Archbishop John Ha and Archbishop Emeritus Peter Chung.
The liturgy of blessing was within a Mass in which 12 priests concelebrated with the three Archbishops. About 120 people were present. The Polish Ambassador to Malaysia, His Excellency Mr Eugeniusz Sawicki, who providentially was in Kuching for an official function was also present on the invitation of Archbishop Ha. After the blessing, he presented a gift to the Archbishop.
In his homily, Archbishop Ha disclosed that the Home and the Chapel are a gift from a generous anonymous benefactor. The architectural design, structural, mechanical and electrical engineering plans and quantity surveying were also offered free-of-charge. He expressed his deep gratitude to the donors and to others who coordinated and oversaw the construction works also gratis.
Relating to the exercise of their ministry, Archbishop Ha asked all the priests in the Archdiocese to have the courage to leave their needs, present and future, to God’s providence.
He said, “Divine providence has certainly been at work in the life of every priest in the Archdiocese of Kuching. All are able to testify to this from their experience. Today, divine providence is visible to all of us here. The gift of the Home for retired priests cannot be more timely than at this time when we are beginning to have priests reaching retirement age. It is through the very generous people he has placed in our midst and around us that God takes care of this need the Archdiocese of Kuching is beginning to feel.”
The Archbishop added, “In today’s concrete experience of divine providence, priests are reassured of God’s care and concern for them – practically always exercised through good and generous people.”
Archbishop Ha also announced the dedication of the Home and Chapel to Mother May and named the complex ‘The Mother Mary Home and Chapel for Retired Priests’.