KINARUT – “You are here by God’s grace, given an opportunity for a better life and for your families,” Datuk Victor Paul spoke to the students of Montfort. “Although you may have to go through much discipline and tough training, but these are only to better equip you with the proper skills and a knowledge of English language, an opportunity others do not have.”
Victor Paul was speaking at the 8th Anniversary of the Blessing of St Paul’s Chapel on-the-Hill Jul 5 at Montfort Youth Training Centre (MYTC) in Kinarut. Speaking from experience, he encouraged the students to live life with a reflective virtue. He asked them to consider life twenty years down the road, where one would likely be more discouraged by the things they didn’t do than be encouraged by the things they have done. He challenged them, “Dare to explore and discover what is truly of value to you. Then work towards it. Perseverance, hard work and trust in God always pay off in the end.”
He thanked the Montfort brothers, its Board of Governors and all staffs involved for their continuous effort in making positive changes in the lives of the students. He added that skills alone would not make them successful but trust and belief in God plays a major part.
The celebration began with an opening Mass presided by Fr Jalius Sading, attended by some 300 people including Datin Agnes, staff of Timatch Sdn Bhd, MYTC benefactors, religious brothers and sisters, and friends of Montfort.
Brother Francis Chua, MYTC Provincial Superior, thanked everyone who came. He acknowledged the importance of St Paul’s Chapel in the lives and development of the youth, in enhancing their need to praise and worship God.
Datuk Victor, a philanthropist, has generously funded the building of St Paul’s chapel in 2008.
The event also noted the attendance of 90 newly enrolled students this academic year, who enthralled the guests with their singing and musical talents at dinner time. A special stage-play was also ably performed by other students depicting St Paul’s life as an apostle of Christ. It was an impressive performance that displayed an array of creative talents including acting, choral singing, facial expressions, coupled with lots of humour.
Teachers and staffs of Montfort sang beautifully and harmoniously as the closing performance, thanking everyone for their support and attendance. – Linda Edward