FMDM MALAYSIA The Region in the East consists of Malaysia & Singapore – each with its own Coordinator.
The Communities are in Port Klang, Ipoh and Penang.
We are a small international Congregation but we are blessed with a beautiful charism of conceiving, birthing and nurturing the life of Christ with true Franciscan joy and simplicity wherever we are missioned throughout our beautiful but often broken world.
Our primary and fundamental ministry is that of being ‘sister’ to one another in community, to the sisters and brothers in our global family and to the whole of creation. In recent years this has become central to our understanding of ourselves as missionaries and how we minister in the many and varied places we find ourselves in. To read more, click here. The Call to live the gospel
HOW IT ALL BEGAN…from Singapore to Malaysia
OUR FIRST FOUNDATION IN IPOH, MALAYSIA – 1962
OUR LADY’S HOSPITAL, IPOH / THE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
It began in 1960 when Mr Foo Yet Kai, an Ipoh tin-miner well-known as a philanthropist, hearing that FMDM Sisters wish to extend their work to the Federation when opportunity arose, offered as a gift a magnificent Chinese mansion set in four acres of lawns and gardens (see picture above). Sadly, Mr Foo Yet Kai met an untimely death in 1961, but his son, Mr Foo Wan Thot, honouring his father’s intention, transferred the property to us on Saint Patrick’s Day 1962. To read more, click here. First Foundation in Malaysia
MOUNT MIRIAM IN PENANG – 1976
On 21st February 1976, Bishop Gregory Yong of Penang declared Mount Miriam Hospital Officially Open. In its initial phase, the superbly-situated Hospital—the sea views from all balconies, back and front—was equipped only for its avowed intent: to provide compassionate professional nursing care to patients in the grip of terminal cancer. Active treatment was instituted in 1979. To read more, click here. How it all began…Mount Miriam Hospital
Following these Health Care establishments, and in response to our General Chapter mandates, we began to venture in launching small non-institutional communities in the Diocese of Johor and Melaka and in Port Klang in Selangor, West Malaysia in 1987. The sisters engaged in multi-faceted ministry in favour of the materially poor. Their various endeavours include Educare, a Learning Centre which not only provides remedial teaching for under-privileged children but also enlists the help of concerned persons in negotiating sponsorship of their education. The sisters are involved in Basic Ecclesial Communities programmes, in Family Life Assistance, in the promotion through charitable outreach, of the spirit of fellowship with Hindu and Muslim neighbours.
On 18-21 July, FMDM Sisters from Penang and Port Klang gathered in Our Lady’s Convent, IPOH. Due to geographical distance, sisters look forward to this gathering and for spiritual input as well as for fellowship. On 21 July, Fr. Nithiya Sagayam OFM Cap (from India), gave a session on TOR (Third Order Regular) values, which the sisters found very inspiring and enlightening. Although the topic is not new, Fr. Nithiya presented the topic very simply and genuinely, a subject close to our hearts – as FRANCISCANS.
Coordinator for MALAYSIA: Sister Isobel Loong email@example.com Address: St. Elizabeth, 8 Jalan Serindek, Taman Ipoh, 31400 IPOH, Perak West Malaysia
Educare in Port Klang, Selangor: http://www.educarefmdm.com