|L-R : Remy, Bro Stephen, Bishop Julius, Bro Paul Raj, Bro Jean-Paul, Suzanna, Helena, Francis Tan, Bro Francis Chua|
Sandakan : (17th July 2013) Two Assistant Generals of the Monfort Brothers of St Gabriel based in Rome, Brother Paul Raj A and Brother Jean-Paul Mbengue together with Brother Francis Chua, the Provincial Superior for Malaysia and Singapore and Brother Stephen Tee, the Brother in charge of St Mary's Hostel Sandakan paid a courtesy call on Bishop Julius Dusin Gitom at the Diocesan Pastoral Centre this morning.
The Monfort Brothers run the Monfort Youth Training Centre in Kinarut catering to some 140 boys with a residential campus offering four technical skill training courses. All lessons are conducted in English.The Brothers are also managing the San Damiano Boys Hostel in Kiulu with 60 boarders since early 2011.
The Brothers have spread their wings to the Diocese of Sandakan. They have adopted St Mary's Boys Hostel as a pilot project since 1st July 2013. The hostel caters to students from the rural areas. Daily conversation and instructions will be in English and hopefully through such practice the boarders will learn how to speak, listen and write in English.
Suzanna Hon, a member of the Board of Governors of the Hostel led the delegation. In the course of the meeting, they exchanged ideas on how to improve on managing the hostel and explored ways to source for funding. They are looking forward to create avenues for mission partnership and collaborate with local parishioners for the benefits of the disadvantaged rural youths.