Khmer New Year Day 1

It’s not only the local Cambodians who have abandoned Phnom Penh.  Many, many of the expatriates here have followed the locals on to the highways for a long holiday weekend for the Khmer New Year.  Today, the first day of the new year, we saw attendance at our Saturday evening mass down a great deal.

 

Saturday Night Liturgy

The English-speaking Catholic community was formed in the late 1980s when Fr. Tom Dunleavy was the first priest to return–at the request of the Vatican–to Cambodia after the Khmer Rouge era.  The community met in hotel rooms at first, then in a classroom, then a cultural center, and then moved to the auditorium of World Vision Cambodia pictured above.  The third-floor windows on the wing extending to the left are those of the auditorium which we use on Saturday evenings at 5:00 PM.  We have another liturgy on Sunday mornings at 10:00 AM at St. Joseph Church on the other side of town.