The youth of the Church in the Provincial Capital of Kompong Cham attended a short-course seminar on “Recipe for Success in Life”. The seminar was conducted on the morning of 7th January in the centre for male students of the Church in the Provincial Capital of Kompong Cham located in village 15, Kompong Cham district.         

One of the participants Ms. Lim Chanta, who comes from the centre for female students, said: “I am surprised and reminded myself of whom I am? And Do I modify my behaviour and ask myself what more should I do in life?”   

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History was made on the 11th of November 2014, in the apostolic prefacture of Kompong Cham when a Deacon was ordained a priest. It was a great day of joy for the local church as another local person was ordained priest. More than a 1,000 people participated in this great event which included bishops, priests, religious and the lay faithful.

About 50 priests and bishops, which included the ordaining bishop followed in a solemn procession led by the altar servers into the church, while the choir and congregation sang the entrance hymn with great joy and emotion. Deacon John Phan Borei, who was to be ordained priest, was seated in the front row accompanied by his family members. Deacon Borei who is of a dark complexion, was dressed in his Alb, over which was placed the Deacon’s stole across his shoulder from left to right and over which the Dalmatic is placed, the vestments of a Deacon.

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The Catholic Church organized a three-day retreat on the 28th-30th October for 30 catechumens preparing for the rite of initiation into the Church (first step) soon. The service was led by priests, Sisters and the various parish Catechetical committees at the Koh Roka Church in Kompong Cham’s Kompong Siem district. 

 Through the retreat all the catechumens reflected on faith and love. Fr. Gerald Vogin, the parish priest in Koh Roka said: “The retreat was intended for the candidates to be well-prepared for the will of Jesus and we guided them to be closer to God.” He further said “The first day we reflected on ‘the love of Jesus’ which is a true love willing to make sacrifices.” He continued by saying: “We want our brothers and sisters to know more about Jesus so that they might create an intimate relationship with Him.”

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Recently, the Apostolic Prefecture of Kompong Cham conducted a seminar for adult catechists on faith building and to give them the courage to teach the faith to catechumens. 
Fr. John Jesus Salasano, the head of the committee on this training course said: “We organized the seminar in order to deepen their faith and on Biblical knowledge. It is hoped that this will strengthen them further on the Bible and Catechesis to be well prepared for imparting such knowledge to catechumens in their respective parishes.” 
A catechist Ms. Chan Rotha, said that the training course had helped her a great deal and made her feel more confident in her faith and in God. Rotha further said: “A point that affected her heart is, knowing that even though we commit sins, God does not abandon us and continues to love us knowing that we will overcome those sins someday.” She added that having heard the explanation of these things by the priests she thought that it is absolutely right and very consistent with her experience, which gives her more faith in God even through difficult times. 

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