KUCHING – St Peter’s College, the Major Seminary in East Malaysia, held its Open House over the weekend of 20-21 September. This was to encourage the faithful to visit the Seminary and support the formation of their future priests. A separate event was also held for young men to give them an experience of seminary life.
The Open House kicked off on 20 September with a group of 18 young men from the different parishes who signed up for a one-day experience of life in the seminary. The seminarians accompanied the group through the day’s programme which included sharing of vocation stories, a slide show of seminary activities, games and prayers.
The group responded positively and it is hoped that some of them can be future candidates for the seminary.
21 September saw different groups of visitors to the Seminary. These included families students from the Serian, Padawan and Bau areas and children from the Children’s Liturgy of the Word. The visitors were guided by the seminarians through the different exhibition sites.
Most of the exhibits explained how St Peter’s College forms our future priests over a period of six years. The main areas of formation are intellectual, spiritual, liturgical, human and community.
A popular stop was the College Chapel where the liturgical vestments and utensils were displayed. Also included on the tour were visits to the well-stocked library and a student’s room.
In conjunction with the year dedicated to St Paul, there was a special section on the life and writings of St Paul which drew a large audience. The visitors were introduced to the great Apostle to the Gentiles – his life, background and conversion. On display were also the different letters written by St Paul.
The Seminary hopes that the Open House has created the awareness that the faithful need to pray and support the formation of their future priests.
Fr Richard Ng