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LAHAD DATU – St Dominic Lahad Datu hosted the priestly ordination of its second son on 31 Jan 2016. Deacon Stanley William Matakim was ordained priest by Bishop Julius Dusin Gitom in a Eucharistic Celebration concelebrated with 17 priests coming from arch/dioceses of Kota Kinabalu, Keningau, Kuching and Melaka-Johor in the presence of about 1,000 people. His classmate Deacon Joshua Liew assisted at the altar.
The first to be ordained from and in Lahad Datu Parish was David A Garaman on 31 Dec 2010. The neo-ordained will begin his priestly ministry at St Mary’s Cathedral Sandakan. After the Mass, all proceeded to the parish open hall for the reception, escorted by Sumazau, Hedung and Seleng dancers. Different groups took turns to entertain the people during the reception.
Born on 23 Apr 1986, Stanley is the youngest in a brood of seven of William Matakim and Phelisita Francis Alasa. He was born in Kota Kinabalu but grew up in Lahad Datu. He had his primary schooling at SRK Kennedy Bay and finished secondary school at SMK Sepagaya and SM St Dominic. He took a course on administration at Pusat Teknologi dan Pengurusan Lanjutan (PTPL) and worked as a general clerk at Kwantas Company before entering aspirancy at the Catholic Archdiocesan Centre Penampang in February 2007. He had his Initiation Year in Kota Kinabalu in 2008 before going to St Peter’s College Kuching for his philosophical and theological studies (2009-2014). He was ordained deacon on 24 June 2015 at St Mary’s Cathedral Sandakan. – adapted from newsupdatedospo.blogspot.my