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Keningau secular institute celebrates 21 years of existence

The professed members pose with the clergy after the Mass, 27 July 2018 in front of the grotto at the Tatal Retreat House Keningau.

KENINGAU – Some 100 people including members of the Institut Sekular Komuniti Betania (ISKB) gathered to celebrate the 21st anniversary of the diocesan secular institute on 27 July 2018 at the Keningau Diocesan Retreat House here.

The anniversary Mass was concelebrated by Bishop Cornelius Piong, Father Ronnie Luni, and Father Bonaventure Unting.

ISKB was founded by Bishop Cornelius Piong and formally established at the Katedral Francis Xavier Keningau in 1997 with the first profession of Rita Titing (Sook), Losia Tumpangon (Tuaran), and Anita Uliti (Toboh).

They were founded to help the local Church.  Currently there are 20 members serving in Kota Kinabalu Archdiocese and Keningau Diocese.  They serve in the fields of catechetics, running retreat houses, canteen, and religious articles shops.

They live as lay religious, actively promoting the Kingdom of God in the church, workplace and society.

In his homily, the bishop said the institute was formed through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and the commitment and perseverance of the members.  He exhorted the members to be open to the Word of God so that they will be fruitful and effective in their ministry.

After Mass, all adjourned to the open hall for the reception cum birthday celebration of two of the members. – Keningau website

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