|Bishop Julius (left) receiving the key from Henry Wong (right)|
Sandakan : The Diocese of Sandakan has eventually acquired a Proton Exora MPV for its pastoral outreach program. Henry Wong, Chairman of the Diocesan Finance Council handed over the key to Bishop Julius Dusin Gitom this morning, Saturday 26th July 2014 at the Diocesan Pastoral Centre.
Pope Francis in his Evangelii Gaudium, (EG 49) said, 'I prefer a church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it had been out in the streets, rather than a church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security.' Those streets are the world where people live, where they can be reached both effectively and affectively. (WCD 2014)
The Diocese is vibrant in its pastoral outreach. Pastoral workers are always out in the 'streets' as pastoral concerns remain the top priority. The Diocese endeavors to equip the pastoral office with adequate resources of which a vehicle is a necessity for them to move about in the streets.
The Diocese paid a nominal deposit and a Good Samaritan pledged to pay off the loan. It is indeed a blessing that we have Good Samaritans around who contribute financially to God's work in the communities. We are aware that financial support of our Church is one way of responding to God's call while service to others is another. Many have benefited from your gifts and we appreciate your kind generosity and support.