Staff at the Catholic Archdiocesan Center (CAC) here surprised Archbishop John Wong with a cake, in the midst of his busy schedule, to mark his 23rd priestly birthday on January 21 at his office in the new center.
January 24, 2022
Catholic Archdiocesan Center (CAC) staff with beloved Archbishop John Wong
KOTA KINABALU: Staff at the Catholic Archdiocesan Center (CAC) here surprised Archbishop John Wong with a cake, in the midst of his busy schedule, to mark his 23rd priestly birthday on January 21 at his office in the new center.
Archbishop Wong, 53, was ordained a priest by (then) Bishop John Lee on this day in 1999 at St Mary’s Church, Sandakan.
According to a February 1999 Catholic Sabah report, some 2,000 Sandakan devotees attended his priestly ordination in an atmosphere reflecting Chinese tradition.
He was 30 years old when he was ordained and was the second priest to come out of this parish after Father Nicholas Ong.
A long journey in the green pasture of God; Bishop Wong entered the seminary of St Peter’s College Kuching in 1992, installed as a lector in April 1995, an acolyte in November 1996 before completing his seminary training in December 1998.
Ordained in January 1999, he immediately served as assistant priest in Kota Kinabalu Cathedral Parish.
From the Archdiocese of Kota Kinabalu website – Bishop John Wong was born on June 6, 1968 in Sandakan. He was ordained a priest on January 21, 1999. As a priest, he served four years in the cathedral parish. Later, after his return from his studies in Rome where he obtained a degree in spirituality, he became director of aspirants at the Catholic Diocesan Center and vice-director of the Year of Initiation at Saint Peter’s College in Karamunsing. He also served as Spiritual Advisor to the Biblical Commission from 2006 to 2007. Until his episcopal ordination on October 1, 2010, he served as Spiritual Advisor to the Youth Commission, exercising his priestly ministry at the Cathedral and its sub-church. parish. of Mary Immaculate, especially among Chinese-speaking parishioners. He was 42 years old at the time of his episcopal ordination. This made him one of the youngest candidates to become a bishop in the region of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei. He was installed as the second Archbishop of Kota Kinabalu on January 24, 2013.–Archdiocese KK
Source: Catholic Sabah