26 January was a poignant day to receive news of Fr Loiseau's passing. Max and I were on our way to present at the first Retrouvaille weekend in Malaysia.
Canute and Lourett first attended their weekend here in Singapore in 2010. They were so committed to the program that they drove down from Kuala Lumpur every single one of the 6 weekends after that to attend the post sessions. They know this program work so they started presenting at the Retrouvaille Singapore weekends. After a few years of presenting, they had thoughts of bringing the program home to Malaysia. After a few years of working on it with other couples who believed in the cause, they finally got approval from Archbishop Julien Leow to bring it to the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur.
It was truly a global effort in bringing the first ever Retrouvaille weekend to Malaysia. The weekend team included Canute and Lourett from Malaysia, Merit and Bernie from Philippines, Max and I from Singapore and Fr Arul from India! 10 couples attended the weekend, some even driving in from Penang.
We were well supported by the Malaysia team on the ground including
- Family life represented by Joe and Anita,
- Coordinators are Basil and Martina Rozario,
- Finance couple is Deva and Jackie Nathan and
- Weekend couple is Francis and Angeline.
Archbisop Julien made a special visit to the Archdiocese Pastoral Centre where we had our weekend, and spoke to all the attending couples. His presence made the weekend even more special!
It was indeed God's grace and mercy upon the weekend that made it a success. May He continue to shower His love on this ministry to continue its light. Amen!