Former Anglican Bishop of Sarawak and Brunei, the Right Rev’d Datuk Made Katib, passed away at the age of 71 on 20th January 2013.
He dedicated 38 years of his life to the Ministry. He was survived by his wife, Matilda Thomas Ng, and, daughter, Elvina Mary.Thousands of mourners came to pay their last respect at the St. Thomas’ Cathedral from Tuesday to Wednesday, 23rd January, 2013 which was concluded with a Requiem Mass conducted by the Archbishop of South East Asia, the Most Revd Datuk Bolly Lapok.In his sermon Archbishop Bolly said, “…in Bishop Made we have a man of God whose faith and spiritual depth was infectious; … and whose humility could disarm the presence of anger, hate and even physical violence without him having to say too many words.”
FUNERAL SERVICE FOR BISHOP JOHN LEONG
The Right Revd. Dato Sri Bishop John Leong Chee Yun was called back by the Lord on 18th October 2013 at the ripe old age of 88 years.
Bishop John Leong was consecrated on 17.5.1985 and enthroned on 19.5.1985 at St Thomas’ Cathedral, Kuching. He served for 10 years and 3 months, asthe 11thBishop of Kuching, embracing Sarawak and Brunei Darussalem and retired on 15.8.1995. Besides serving the Anglican Church, Bishop John Leong was also actively serving the community in some 40 civic organizations covering sports, education, recreation, charitable and community services in Miri.
The funeral service with requiem mass was conducted by the Dean of St. Thomas’ Cathedral, the Very Revd.Michael Buma Galamion behalf of the Bishop on Tuesday, 22nd October, 2013 at 10.00am at the Cathedral. Hundreds of mourners turned up at the church to pay their last respect to the late Bishop.
The service started with Prayer by the Dean followed by singing of the first hymn ‘ How Great Thou Art’, followed by the reading from St. John 11:25-26 and the Collect. The first twoScripture Readings- Isaiah 25:8-9 and 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 were read by two of Bishop John’s children while Father Kho Thong Meng read the Gospel according to St. John 14:1-6 in mandarin. The preacher was The Right Revd. Asst. Bishop Aeries SumpingJingan and Mr. Hugh John Leong Yik Kuan and Mr. John Leong Wai Ming, the eldest and the youngest children of the late Bishop John Leong delivered their eulogy at the service.
Prayer of penitence was recited followed by Prayer of Humble Access before the second hymn was sung.
Offering of the bread and wine before the Eucharistic Prayer was recited. The Lord prayer was recited by the congregation and the Holy Communion was distributed. Communicants recited thePost Communion Prayer, giving thanks to the Lord.
Funeral prayer was recited by the Dean followed by the Dismissal.