Monday, June 2, 2008

Legion Fellowship 交流会 (1)

On 28th May, a group of 20 legionaries (members of the Legion of Mary) left Sibu, Sarawak, by plane bound for Kuching, then to Johor Baru. They were expected to reach their destination the following day. Another group of 21 would leave a day later.

Up North in Ipoh, three little sisters, aged 6, 2 1/2 and five months old baby, with their legionary-parents, grandparents and 15 others, traveling on board an express bus at night, expected to reach the same destination at 4:00 am the following day.

On 29th May, thousand of miles away in Taiwan, another group of 15 legionaries boarded a plane for the same destination.

There were many other groups from Penang, Seremban, Johor Bahru, Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan, Tawau, Kuching and Brunei as well, were making their way to the same destination.

My wife and I, together with eighteen others, boarded a bus at Puduraya at 10:30 am on the same day and expected to reach our destination seven hours later.

Hundreds of us, taking various transportation and routes, journeying towards the same destination - NTUC Pasir Ris Resort in Singapore, for the 16th Annual Fellowship of the Chinese-speaking Legionaries from 29th May to 1st June 2008.

All in all, 350 legionaries participated in this annual fellowship with activities like spiritual talks, sharing, churches visit and sight seeing.

The Annual Fellowship was opened on 29th May at 5:00pm with a Thanksgiving Mass celebrated by Singapore Curia Spiritual Director, Rev. Fr. Lee.

Archbishop Nicholas Chia, the Archbishop of Singapore was away in Rome to meet our Holy Father together with members of the regional Bishops Conference.

He sent his best wishes in his message : "May your participation in this Gathering draw you closer to our Blessed Mother and through her may you come to a closer union with Our Lord. .....I am sorry that much as I would like to, I will not be able to join in your celebrations as I will be in Rome...."

The first day of the fellowship was very warm and noisy. Every one was greeting one another with a warm smile, saying:"How are you? Thank and praise God, we meet again..."

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五月二十八日,东马的詩巫,一群为数二十人的圣母军团员,乘搭飞机, 前往古晋转机,然后飞抵西马的新山。他们将停留一晚,然后在隔天继程前往目的地。另一组约二十一人,将在二十九号直飞目的地。






今年总共有350 人出席了这交流会。交流会的活动有灵修讲座,分享,拜访教堂及观光。






Opening ceremony


Welcoming dances by Singaporean members

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