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1887 Reopening of Sandakan mission by Fr Byron
1979 Preached Redemptorist mission in Labuan

May 1

1965 Foundation of St Martin Secondary School Tempasak Tambunan by Fr Michael Henselmans mhm
1980 Priestly ordination of Deacon Primus Jouil St Michael Penampang by Bp Fung
1982 Fundraising walkaton organised by Sabah Catholic Welfare Association
1988 Inaugural ecumenical conference (RC, Anglican, Basel, PCS, SIB, Baptist) Kundasang
2003 “Confluence of Spiritual Energies” Symposium organised by Jesuit Companions in Indigenous Ministry (JCIM) East Asia & Oceania and Pacos Trust Sabah, Tambunan
2012 Kudat hosts 15th KK Archdiocesan Kaamatan Festival
2013 Perpetual profession of Friar Gilbert James ofmcap SHC
2018 Pre-PAX Gathering SHPC

May 2

2004 10th KK Diocesan Kaamatan Celebration SHC May 2-3
2016 KK Archdiocesan Kaamatan Celebration Telipok

May 3

1987 Blessing of St Mary Parish Centre Sandakan by Bishop-Elect Lee
1989 3rd unit (present diocesan bookshop) in Taman Hiburan bought by KK Diocese
1999 5th Keningau Diocesan Day hosted by St Anthony Tenom
Bible seminar by Fr Lucien Legrand May 3-16 (clergy May 3-7; religious May 8-9; KK May 10-11; Sandakan May 13-14; Tawau May 15-16).
2003 Seminar on Children’s Liturgy of the Word in Inanam
2016 Priestly ordination of Deacon Joshua Liew Chi Khiong by Abp Wong, SHC KK

May 4

1897 Appointment of Fr Edmund Dunn as 3rd Apostolic Prefect
1996 Launching of DOPP theme song Seruan Pembaharuan at St John Tuaran
2001 Inaugural educators conference KK May 4-6
2003 Fr Gilbert Engan appointed Keningau vicar general
2014 Death of Fr Peter van Gestel mhm
2015 Priestly ordination of Deacon Abel Madisang by Abp Wong, Ranau

May 5

1985 Priestly ordination of Deacon Calistus Emmanuel CSsR by Bp Fung, Limbahau
1990 Launching of FSP cassette album Mororobuat composed/sung by Msgr Piong, Dewan Penampang Central Parish Centre.
1996 Priestly ordination of Deacon Daniel Lim ocd by Bp Lee, St Simon Likas
2003 Regional Annual Young Priests Gathering BTRC May 5-9
2012 Holy Spirit Sook becomes a parish
Sook hosts 19th Keningau Diocesan Day
Launching of “A Glimpse of A Mystery” by Fr Charles Chiew, Holy Spirit Sook. Research on the deaths of Msgr August Wachter and companions in Tenom in 1945.

May 6

1973 Formation of CWL Labuan
1992 Visit of Fr William vd Salm after four years May 6-25
1993 Episcopal ordination/installation of Msgr Cornelius Piong as bishop of Keningau
2001 19th Sabah students camp Limbahau
2010 Death of Fr Augustine Amandus
2018 25th anniversary of Keningau Diocese / Episcopal ordination of Bp Cornelius Piong (celebration on May 4-5)

May 7

1944 Death of Fr John Staal mhm
1979 Fr Jan van Velzen leaves Sabah for good
1999 PRW in Tanjung Aru and Penampang May 7-9
2003 Death of Fr Frank Cowan, Freshfield England

May 8

1894 Blessing of Inobong Church
1987 7th PAX Youth Assembly CDC May 8-11
1989 Peter Thien & Derek Chong attend evangelization course in Malta
1999 Bible study seminar CDC
2016 50th WCD celebration: Communication & Mercy: A Fruitful Encounter, Kundasang

May 9

1995 Bible exhibition held in conjunction with Bible Sunday Tawau
1998 66 participants from KK & Keningau attend inaugural national catechists conference Majodi Centre Plentong
2003 Death of Fr Herman Saraber mhm in Holland
2018 14th General Election (GE14): Pakatan Harapan (Hope Alliance) under Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad toppled UMNO after 60 years

May 10

1992 70th foundation anniversary of SM Holy Trinity Tawau
1994 Teachers Day celebration for St Francis/Shan Tao Kindergartens
1995 Recollection for Sunday School teachers, Benildus Hse Tg Aru
2002 Journalism seminar organised by DSCC Tg Aru

May 11

1946 Priestly ordination of Deacon John Baptist Yong by Bp Voltoter in Hong Kong
1981 Seminar on social justice, evangelization & presbyterate for clergy by Jesuit Frs Catalino Arevalo & Antonio Lambino KK Seminary May 11-15
1990 Labuan youth seminar May 11-13
1996 Launching of DOPP theme song CDC
1998 5th KK Diocesan Kaamatan celebration hosted by Kiulu

May 12

1991 5th Good Tidings Festival Sandakan
1996 Football match between seminarians & KSFX youths KSFX

May 13

1987 Silver jubilee of Sr Rosemary (Elizabeth) Lee of the Blessed Sacrament ocd
1994 Blessing of new De La Salle Centre & Archives by Bp Lee May 13-14

May 14

1988 Parents catechetical seminar SHPC
1989 3rd Good Tidings Festival Sandakan
1995 Pastoral visit of Bp Lee & PAX officials to Sandakan
1999 PRW in Bundu Tuhan/Ranau/Telupid May 14-16

May 15

1891 Fr Rientjer drowns in Putatan River
1949 Death of Rt Rev Aloysius Hopfgartner mhm
1977 Formation of Tawau Timorese community under Apolinaris Mado
1982 Formation of 4th KK Company of Boys Brigade SHPH
Youth leadership seminar in Limbanak
1988 17th PAX Assembly BTRC May 15-17
1990 Secondary school students awareness camp BTRC May 15-20
1991 2nd Sabah CCR conference May 15-19
2003 9th KK Diocesan Kaamatan celebration Sandakan
2015 Final profession of Robin Lomangkok CSsR Church of Risen Christ Singapore

May 16

1889 Fr Goossens return from England with four Franciscan Missionaries of St Joseph – Srs Clare, Bonaventura, Stanislaus & Baptista.  Fr Prenger leaves for London.
1948 Death of Fr Henry Janssen mhm
1976 Bishop Fung visits Keningau
1983 Liturgical seminar in Sandakan by Fr Makajil and Fr Tung
1996 Launching of DOPP theme song in Lahad Datu

May 17

1981 Talk for teachers by La Salle Br Patrick Lo Tg Aru
1986 Silver jubilee of Sr Aquinas (Rosemary Rosalind) Voon fsic
1987 Inaugural Nurses Day Mass in Tawau
2000 Death of Fr Willibrord Smit mhm
2003 Priestly ordination of Deacon Valentine Gampok ofmcap by Bp Piong, Tambunan

May 18

1969 Formation of Tuaran parish council
1974 Bishop Chung visits Kudat May 18-20
1982 Redemptorist preached mission in SHC KK
2000 Death of Anthonius Balunting, father of Fr Bede
2003 Inaugural combined Kaamatan/Gawai Mass for East Malaysians in Kuantan

May 19

1945 Japanese invaders round up Msgr Wachter, Frs Unterberger, Bhom, Theurl & Obertegger, Br Aegidus & laymen Patrick Lee, Stanislaus Sabahai & Peter Wong in Penampang; Frs Raich, Flur & Paulmichi in Kinuta and take them to Sapong Tenom where they died between July 1 and Aug 15.
1977 Installation of Bp Fung as Bishop of KK Diocese.
1995 31st National AGM of Boys Brigade May 19-20
2000 Seminar on Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) by Helene Reichl BTRC May 19-21

May 20

1995 Bible training course BTRC May 20-26
1996 Limbahau hosts 3rd KK Diocesan Kaamatan celebration

May 21

2017 Archdiocesan celebration of CCR golden jubilee SHC

May 22

1983 Teachers recollection SM La Salle Tg Aru
1988 2nd Good Tidings Festival Sandakan
1994 8th Good Tidings Festival Sandakan

May 23

1989 RCIA seminar by Fr Oswald Hirmer May 23-26 SHC
1999 13th Good Tidings Festival Sandakan
2001 Fr Gerard Preyde leaves Sabah for good
2002 Chinese CCC seminar by Helene Reichl BTRC May 23-26
2008 KK Diocese elevated to Archdiocese by Benedict XVI with Bp Lee as metropolitan archbishop
2018 10th anniversary of KK Archdiocese

May 24

1984 Frs William Poilis & Joseph Liansim and Shirley Kandilis leave for a 3-week ecumenical tour of West Germany/mission festival organised by the Evangelical Church of Wurtemberg Heilbronn
1993 Sandakan teachers day celebration
2002 Keningau diocesan youth leadership programme May 24-26

May 25

1963 Consecration of Stella Maris Church Tg Aru by Bishop Buis
1994 Penampang hosts Inaugural KK diocesan kaamatan celebration
9th Sandakan annual delegates assembly
1996 Death of Fr Jan Goedhart mhm
2001 Inaugural youth leadership formation programme BTRC May 25-27
2015 Memorandum signed between Abp Wong and Marist Brothers to work in the campus ministry at St Simon Educational Complex Likas

May 26

1991 “Life process in transition” seminar for FSICs Tg Aru May 26-31
1996 Death of Fr Jan Goedhart mhm, 56, of cancer in Tilburg Holland

May 27

2001 Priestly ordination of Deacon Anthony Mikat by Bp Piong KSFX Keningau
2017 Silver jubilee celebration of Fr Aloysius Fidelis Holy Rosary Limbahau
2018 10th anniversary of Sandakan Diocese Catholic Women’s Apostolate

May 28

1971 New minor seminary of the Immaculate Conception opened by Fr Mullen, representative of the Apostolic Delegate, blessed by Bishop Buis
1988 7th PAX Raffle Draw
1992 Student leaders fellowship-seminary KK Seminary May 28-30
1993 Retreat & induction of members of Association of Pauline Cooperators by Fr Dominador Guzman ssp, Kipovo Penampang May 28-29
1999 KK youth rally SM Shan Tao Likas

May 29

1882 Arrival of Frs A Keyzer & B Pundleider
2002 CCC seminar by Helene Reichl in Tg Aru May 29-June 1
2018 Ranau hosts Archdiocesan Kaamatan Celebration May 28-29

May 30

1992 Malaysia-Brunei Legion of Mary gathering BTRC May 30-31
2001 Priestly ordination of Deacon Bonaventure Unting by Bp Piong, Sook Mission
2002 Chinese teachers camp BTRC May 30-June 1

May 31

1976 Erection of KK Diocese with Bp Fung as diocesan bishop by Paul VI
1983 2nd Sabah Catholic Students Camp May 31-June 12 KK Seminary
1996 World youth day in Tawau
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