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Praise be to God!  This double celebration of the silver jubilee of Bishop Cornelius Sim’s ordination to Writingpriesthood and the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Apostolic Vicariate of Brunei Darussalam is a joyful time to look back and thank God for His marvellous blessings.

Bishop Sim is the first local Bruneian to be ordained a Catholic priest 25 years ago and he has remained faithful ever since.  This in itself is a testimonial of the graciousness of God who through the Catholic priesthood reveals His abundant and merciful love.  Brunei becoming an Apostolic Vicariate 10 years ago is gracious too because unless the Lord gathers, a community will fall apart.

As we share the same island of Borneo, the joy of the Bruneian Church is also our joy.  Her hopes and anxieties are ours too.  Thus on behalf of the clergy, religious, and laity of Kota Kinabalu Archdiocese, I wish to extend our heartfelt congratulations to Bishop Sim and the Catholics in Brunei on this double celebration.  May this event revitalise the missionary spirit in one and all towards many more milestones ahead.

Ad multos annos Bishop Sim!  Blessed 10th anniversary to the Vicariate!

Most Rev John Wong

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