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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

SEMINARIAN ARTHUR JOHN THANKSGIVING AND FAREWELL DINNER

By: Julita Kantod

Tawau: Seminarian Arthur John was posted in Holy Trinity Parish Tawau from January 18th to May 18th, 2017 for Pastoral immersion. He leaves with a happy heart and full of confidence  besides being strengthened in his call to the priesthood. 4th son of 5 siblings, he was involved as an Altar server, Choir member, Music Ministry and the Youth Ministry in his early exposure to the church.
Everybody will be praying for him as he leaves for his second year in Theology at St. Peter Seminary College of Kuching. Likewise, that all of them will complete their study and eventually serve God and the church.                  
Msgr. Nicholas Ong, in his short sharing during the dinner, expressed his joy during seminarian Arthur’s stay in Holy Trinity Tawau. “Seminarian Arthur is someone who is always happy and joyful and fully committed to any given task. He accompanied me to visit BEC family members, spend time in the Neo-Catechumenate session, visitation with the St. Vincent–PHDC, and visit the Community Learning Centre (Migrant School)" he said.
In his sharing “My love to serve the church and at the same time, the lack of priests motivated me on my vocation to the priesthood”. My worries in coming over to Tawau vanished with your friendship and hospitality. Your friendship, guidance, and support made me felt like home; to be more confident and strong in my calling. I felt God's love in your acceptance of me and in every task that I do with God's help. I also felt happy with the presence of my college Seminarian Raymond Lee during my journey here at Holy Trinity," he said.
Sem. Arthur with Chinese Youth
His message to the youth present during the dinner:  Do not be afraid to answer the call to the priesthood and religious for it's very valuable and rewarding. Do not be afraid of your age; be brave and step out from your comfort zone. This vocation in your life would build a better world," he said.
Seminarian Arthur John, while in Holy Trinity, contributed in delivering the talk for the Pre-marriage course and Con validation talk, together with the Family Life Ministry. He also helped in the formation of the new Altar Servers and other activities run by groups and communities.
with Indonesian Pastoral Community
A group photo and dinner ended with all good remembrance of seminarian Arthur John in his future vocation.
with Legion of Mary
with the Childrens

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