Most farewells are sad affairs. Thanking the Lord for His Excellency Archbishop Joseph Salvador Marino and bidding him a ‘Fare thee well!’ came with many mixed feelings.
During his stint in Malaysia, Archbishop Marino was elected Dean of the Diplomatic Corps of Malaysia. He saw to the building of a new Nunciature, (Vatican Embassy) the Holy See’s first environmentally friendly building.
He was also responsible for obtaining the title of minor basilica which was granted by the Holy See to the Church of St Anne in Penang.
Archbishop Marino was also responsible for getting the Catholic Church in Malaysia its first cardinal in Anthony Soter Fernandez, the second archbishop of Kuala Lumpur.
Most recently, he brought a message from Pope Francis to the Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar, thanking him for commuting the death sentences of three Mexican brothers for drug trafficking crimes. Archbishop Marino had earlier conveyed the Pope’s request for clemency to the sultan.
Alas! His Excellency has been appointed for greater things and will be leaving us for the position of President of the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy in Rome, which is where the Holy See’s diplomats are trained.
In thanskgiving, the KL Archdiocese came together over a Eucharistic celebration attended by His Eminence, Anthony Soter Cardinal Fernandez, Archbishop Emeritus Murphy Pakiam, His Grace Archbishop Julian Leow, Monsignor Marco Sprizzi, Monsignor Leonard Lexson, Rev Fr Thomas Niravathu (Biju), Rev Fr Michael Chua, Rev Fr Gregory Chan and faithful parishioners who came to pray and wish His Excellency well. His Grace Archbishop Julian Leow took the opportunity to present His Excellency Archbishop Marino with a token of appreciation and invited him to share some words of parting.
In his address, His Excellency expressed how much he will miss the people here and our love for the church. He also shared how we have been so kind and warm to him.
We bid him a fond farewell and a joyful adieu for we know that the Lord has great things in store for him. Wherever he goes, he will bring the goodness and wonder of the Lord to the people and the nations he serves. Thank you for your kindness and for loving us. May the Lord continue to guide and protect him in his ministry. You will be fondly remembered and dearly missed!