KUALA LUMPUR – Fr Julian Leow Beng Kim from the College General Major Seminary, Penang, has been appointed to succeed Archbishop Emeritus Murphy Pakiam of Kuala Lumpur.
Apostolic Nuncio to Malaysia Archbishop Joseph Marino made this announcement on July 3.
Fr Leow, 50, is set to become the fourth archbishop of Kuala Lumpur.
The priest of 12 years has also been holding other roles such as Dean of Studies and Initiation Year Director at the College General Major Seminary.
He was born in Seremban and studied at St Paul’s Institution before heading to Australia, where he graduated with a degree in building from the University of New South Wales.
In 2002, he was ordained a priest and for two years was assistant priest at the Church of the Visitation, Seremban. He was parish priest at the Church of the Holy Family, Kajang, from 2004-2007.
SINGAPORE – Choir leaders from various parishes attended a workshop on choir leadership from July 7-11 at the Catholic Archdiocesan Education Centre (CAEC) at Highland Road.
Seventy-six participants from eighteen parishes attended the nightly sessions led by Kevin Allen, a Catholic composer based in Chicago who has been highly regarded as a composer of church music for the Roman Rite.
Allen’s works have been performed in churches and concert halls throughout the United States and Europe. He was invited to share his expertise on managing choirs as well as conduct a master class for conductors.
The aim of the workshop, organised by the Liturgical Music Committee of Singapore (LMC), was to encourage choirs to be more proficient in leading their choirs and to collaborate with their clergy and congregation towards a more orthodox and appropriate liturgical celebration of the Eucharist through the rediscovery of the Church’s liturgical traditions in chant and sacred polyphony.
About 50 people gathered at the Church of Our Lady Star of the Sea canteen on July 12 to witness Bible passages coming to life through drama.
The church’s Bible Sunday celebration saw parishioners taking to the stage, donning colourful costumes and using props.
Coming in first place was Jerome and Family, a family of nine including a two-year-old, who acted out a scene at the River Jordan, where Jesus was baptised by John the Baptist.
During the part when the Holy Spirit came down in the form of a dove, a handmade white paper bird with an attached spotlight was lowered above the head of the actor playing Jesus. “Oohs”and “ahhs” were heard from the audience.
In second place was the team from Faith and Light, a community for the intellectually disabled, who acted out a modern version of the Good Samaritan story.
VATICAN CITY – Seven months after hiring a consulting firm to study the Vatican’s communications structures, the Vatican has set up an 11-member committee – which includes former Singapore Cabinet minister George Yeo – to suggest ways to increase collaboration and cut costs.
Australian Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy and a member of Pope Francis’ Council of Cardinals, announced the formation of the committee at a July 9 news conference.
“The objectives are to adapt the Holy See media to changing media consumption trends, enhance coordination and achieve progressively and sensitively substantial financial savings,” he said.