Priestly Ordination of Sebastian Koh, SJ.

The Society of Jesus is pleased to announce that one of ours, Sebastian Koh, SJ, was ordained to the priesthood on May 24, 2013. Fr. Sebastian, originally from Batu Pahat, Johor, worked for several years as an accountant with one of the major firms in Singapore before entering the Society of Jesus in 2003. 

He was ordained together with Fr. Damian Pereira of the Melaka-Johor diocese by Bishop Paul Tan, SJ at the Church of St. Louis, Kluang, Johor, Malaysia. 

See more photographs of the ordination here.

Advent Programme 2012

The MAS Jesuits Vocation Director's Office recently organized a week long Advent Programme (10 December - 16 December 2012) for men who are discerning their true calling in life. Participants spent a week living a life of prayer and apostolic work at the Loyola Jesuit Novitiate, Kingsmead Hall in Singapore. 

The programme started with a three day silent retreat on the theme "The Giver, the Receiver and the Gift". The participants were asked to reflect on themselves, their relationship with God and their purpose in life - essentially, it was an invitation to meditate on the Principle and Foundation of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola.

From 13 to 15 December, we went to the "Gift of Love" home, "Willing Hearts" soup kitchen and the Christmas party organized by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul at Risen Christ parish. The participants were encouraged to "live out" the graces they had received during the three day retreat and share them with others. It was also a good time, while serving others, for them to reflect deeper on their gifts and limitations, and what the Lord is asking of them. At the "Gift of Love" home, we helped the sisters with preparation for their annual Christmas family day and also to assist in serving residence. During the afternoon spent at "Willing Hearts" soup kitchen, we assisted in washing and cleaning, and preparing food for the next day. At Risen Christ parish, we pitched in to help the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in their Christmas party for their friends-in-need (FINs).

On the last day of the Advent programme, the participants reverted to grand silence once again to recollect their experiences over the three days of apostolic work. A number of young men who could not come for the Advent programme, nonetheless, took the time and effort to join us for the day of recollection. The programme ended with a closing mass celebrated by Fr. Leslie Raj, SJ and an early Christmas dinner.

We thank the Lord for his guidance and love during the programme. The vocation director's office hopes to organize similar programmes in the near future.

More photographs of the programme may be found at the MAS Jesuits Vocations Facebook page here.


Three New Jesuit Deacons from Malaysia

Jesuit diaconate ordination

On the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (September 8, 2012), 17 Jesuit scholastics were ordained to the diaconate at the Church of the Gesu on the campus of the Ateneo de Manila University. Among the 17 were three Malaysian Jesuits - Sebastian Koh (Johor), Mark Aloysius (Sibu) and Alvin Ng (Kuching). Mark and Alvin have been in the Society of Jesus for 10 years and Sebastian for 9.

We congratulate our new reverend deacons! Praise be to God!

To view more photographs of the ordination please visit our facebook album here.

Songs by one of our Jesuits

Deacon Mark Aloysius, SJ, a Jesuit from the Malaysia-Singapore region has recently published two songs for use with the new English translation of the Roman Missal.

The first song, "Lord of Salvation", an entrance hymn, is an individual effort. The second song, "Lord, to Whom Shall We Go", is a communion song, written in collaboration with prolific Jesuit song writer, Fr. Manoling Francisco, SJ.

These songs are published by the Jesuit Communications Foundation Inc., in the Bukas Palad Music Ministry's "Light from Light" songbook. Audio excerpts of these songs, and others from the same album can be found here.


Our Newest Jesuit Priest


Fr. Francis Lim Chin Choy, SJ was ordained by Bishop Paul Tan, SJ to the priesthood at St. Theresa's Church, Melaka on 11 August 2012. Fr. Francis entered the Society of Jesus in 2001. He received his Jesuit and priestly formation in Singapore, Jakarta, Melaka-Johor and Toronto. He is now the principal of St. Joseph's Private Secondary School (SJPSS) in Kuching, Sarawak.

For more information on Fr. Francis Lim's ordination, please see the Herald Malaysia article here.

To view photos of the ordination, please visit our facebook albums here and here.