MSBCBC Plenary Session held in Johor
Apostolic Nuncio to Malaysia, Archbishop Joseph Marino, addressed the Arch/bishops at the opening session, which was followed by the election of the new office bearers and heads of commissions.
The 94th Plenary Session of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei (MSBCBC) took place at Majodi Centre in Plentong in Malaysia’s Johor State from July 7 to 11.
Apostolic Nuncio to Malaysia, Archbishop Joseph Marino, addressed the Arch/bishops at the opening session. This was followed by the election of the new office bearers and heads of commissions for the term 2015-2016.
The Archbishops and Bishops then proceeded with the agenda that included discussions on inter-faith, seminary and vocations, justice and peace, liturgy, catechetics, social communications and healthcare and Islamization.
On the matter of Liturgy, the Conference agreed that the Liturgy of All Saints shall be used for the Sunset Mass on Friday October 31, 2014 and for all Masses on November 1, including the evening/sunset Mass. All Masses on Sunday, November 2, are of All Souls.
On Ash Wednesday (February 18, 2015) which falls on Chinese New Year’s Eve, it was agreed that Masses are to be arranged with imposition of ashes on Ash Wednesday as usual. However, fasting can take place on Ash Wednesday itself or on another day which is to be decided by the individual.
The Conference at this meeting has carved out a new Commission from the Commission for the Lay Apostolate. This Commission for Youth/Campus Ministry will be under the leadership of Archbishop Julian Leow of Kuala Lumpur from 2015-2016.
The MSBCBC has approved the proposal for the Malaysian Catholic Campus Student Day to be held at the Archdiocesan Curia & Cathedral Pastoral Centre in Kuching from July 14 to 20, 2015.
Archbishop William Goh of Singapore, Bishop Cornelius Sim of Brunei, Archbishop-elect Julian Leow of Kuala Lumpur, Archbishop Emeritus Murphy Pakiam of Kuala Lumpur, Archbishop John Ha of Kuching, Archbishop John Wong of Kota Kinabalu, Bishop Paul Tan of Melaka-Johor, Bishop Emeritus James Chan of Melaka–Johor, Bishop Julius Dusin Gitom of Sandakan, Bishop Joseph Hii of Sibu, Bishop Richard Ng of Miri, Bishop Cornelius Piong of Keningau and Bishop Sebastian Francis of Penang were present at the meet.
Source: Herald Malaysia