During the Pol Pot era, the Cambodian bishop and other men and women leaders of the Catholic Church in the kingdom died at the hands of the Khmer Rouge. Their case has been presented to Rome for official recognition as martyrs. Every year a memorial service is held in Kampong Thom Province where most of them died. Click here for pictures from this year’s ceremony.
We finished our Holy Week and Easter liturgies with a very well attended mass in English at St. Joseph Church. Click here for some photos.
The most important ceremony of the Catholic Church year is the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday night. Click here for pictures of the Phnom Penh English community’s service.
(Second of two posts on 21 April)
Our Good Friday service was at St. Joseph Church and was well attended. Click here to see photos from the evening.
(First of two posts on 21 April)
We held our Holy Thursday service at St. Joseph Church at 6:30 PM. Click here to see the different parts of the ceremony.
We’re a week late with this post because of the past week’s busy-ness but click here to see photos of our Palm Sunday celebration at St. Joseph Church.
Yesterday I got home from the Holy Thursday service very late after a busy day–I never had a chance to eat supper–and I didn’t have time to post something here. Now today that pattern repeated with the Good Friday service. Sorry! I’ll be back on track on Saturday, I hope.
Today was the quarterly meeting of the Catholic Alliance for Charity and Development (CACD), the social outreach of the diocese of Phnom Penh. Representatives from all the Catholic NGOs and agencies and from the religious communities come together to discuss chosen topics and to become a better face of the church’s outreach to the people of Cambodia.
After years of organizing and fund-raising, Janne Ritskes was finally able to see the opening of her Nokor Tep’s Women Hospital that she built. Click here for photos of the opening ceremony.
I was totally surprised–twice!—this weekend as I turned 75 years old. On Friday a group I meet with regularly came to the Maryknoll office where I live and then today, Sunday, the congregation celebrated with me after the morning mass. Click here to see wonderful celebrations with beautiful people.