SINGAPORE – Eight young priests from Kota Kinabalu Archdiocese headed to Singapore for the yearly Malaysia-Singapore Young Priest Gathering (YPG) on 24-28 Oct 2016.
The priests were Fathers Maxmilliano Hontor, Daniel Jomilong, Postinus Kurup, Abel Madisang, Joshua Liew, Jack Sigam, Mitchelly Kiun and Florian Dompok.
The YPG serves to foster unity among young priests in Malaysia and Singapore below five years of ordination, and provides a time to come together to share their experiences in their own respective dioceses and parishes.
The five days of recollection, tour and fun benefited the young priests as they not only got to exchange ideas, share their challenges in the pastoral field, their personal struggles, but they also had a day of recollection with the Archbishop William Goh of Singapore.
The archbishop shared some important and useful tips, touching on “being, doing and holiness”. He said, “We tend to be functional in ministry rather than looking into holiness seriously. There is no real ministry without holiness. Holiness is the fruit of ministry.”
The prelate challenged the participants to know their own perception and deepen their understanding of the priesthood. He also said that they must believe in what they preach – the Word of God.
During the five-day gathering, the YPG was also given the opportunity to visit other churches around, as well as the archdiocesan centre. – Fr Mitchelly Kiun