Wednesday, October 29, 2014
A day 16 years ago 十六年前的那一天
一位告诉我他是 John wong， 来自山打根 ，来这里参加一项课程（课程名我已不记得）。（当时山打根还是属于亚庇教区）
大约六个月前，我到槟城大修院探访当时在那里任教的 Fr. Julian Leow （廖炳坚神父），问起他是否记得那天的活动，他说没有印象。
( 一些照片 Facebook)
27-11-1998, one month short of 16 years ago.
The 2nd National Catholic Youths Song Writing and Composition workshop as held at the College General Penang with the theme " Frequency of Heart".
Famous Taiwanese song composer/writer/singer Liang Hong Zhi, TV host/public communication expert Jesuit Priest Fr. Jerry were invited to be the main workshop animators and speakers.
It was an event organised by the Mustard Seed Evangelize Center (Petaling Jaya), a lay organisation formed by the CDD order ( Congregatio Discipulorrum Domini) with the main objectives of evanglisation through music, printed media and publishing for the Chinese-speaking community.
My wife and I were invited to the event although we did not know much about music.
Participants were young and aspiring musicians who were interested in song writing and music making.
It was a Friday evening, participants were busily practicing at a hall in the College General. My wife and I were seated at the back watching.
There came 2 young seminarians popping their heads into and checking out with us what was going on. They had just finished their evening sports activities and on their way home to their quarters.
I told them about the nature of the event and asked about their names at the same time.
One told me he is John Wong from Sandakan. He was here for a one-year course ( could not remember the programme he mentioned). Sandakan was then under Kota Kinabalu (KK) diocese.
I had been to Sandakan and shared some experiences with him.
The other one introduced himself as Julian from Seremban , a seminarian from Visitation Parish.
I joked that one day (after ordination) he might come to Kajang Holy Family to be my parish priest. ( He did come to Kajang as the Parish Priest in 2004. As the Chairman of the Parish Pastoral Council then, I had the honour to welcome him to the parish and served him for about 2 years)
It was a brief encounter lasted less than 10 minutes.
Today, both young seminarians had been ordained as Archbishop in their respective Archdiocese.
A few months ago when visited him at the College General, I mentioned this event to then Fr. Julian, he told me that he has no memory of that particular evening.
I have not meet Archbishop John Wong since his ordination. If given the chance, I would ask him the same to find out if he remembered that particular event.
Liang Hong Zhi died of cancer 10 years ago in Taipei. A memorial service was held in Taipei recently to remember this great musician and faithful follower of Christ. He has written many popular songs, including praise and worship that widely circulated in Christian communities.
May his soul, through the Mercy of God, Rest In Peace. Amen.
( Some pictures in Facebook)
* Written solely from memory recollection, may contained factual inaccuracies. If so, my sincere apologies, and shall undergo voluntarily brain examination)