KOTA KINABALU – Archbishop John Wong has accepted two seminarians to be ordained deacons on 11 March 2018 at the Sacred Heart Cathedral Karamunsing at 5 pm.
Russell Lawrine, 31, hails from Tenghilan. After working for a couple of years, he entered the English Year programme (aspirancy) at the Catholic Diocesan Centre Penampang in 2008, Initiation Year Kota Kinabalu in 2011, and went on to finish his philosophical and theological studies at St Peter’s College Kuching from 2012-2017. Currently, he is having his pastoral ministry at the cathedral.
His companion, Gilbert Marcus, 36, is the younger brother of Fr Florian. He hails from Inobong Parish and has worked for about eight years before entering the English Year in 2010. He was accepted into Initiation Year in 2011 along with Lawrine and some others. He also finished his formative studies in Kuching in 2017. He is now serving in St Michael Penampang.