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Mary Elizabeth Sandanasamy His Eminence was an inspiring leader, an amazing friend, and someone we're so grateful to call family. We are blessed to have journeyed with him for over 40 years. It's so hard to say farewell to you, our Spiritual Father by example however we know that you are up above still watching over all of us and guiding us to be the People of God. We thank God for the gift of you in our lives. Thank you for the memories. We love you. Rest in peace Amen
Cristina Edwin
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A wonderful luncheon treat by…
Cristina Edwin A wonderful luncheon treat by our beloved Cardinal Soter last Labour Day. He said; " Come let's go for lunch. There's this nice mamak stall...."under the tree". We had a wonderful time and conversation with him. Everytime we go to LSP and if Cardinal is at home, he will spend some time with us. He always greets and welcomes us. We will miss you dearly. Rest in peace our beloved Cardinal in the arms of Jesus. Please pray for us. Amen.
His Eminence with his sons- c…
Lawrence Ng CDD2017, St Ignatius Catholic Church, Jalan SS 25/23, Taman Mayang, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia His Eminence with his sons- clergy.
Finn Augustin On behalf of our family to his, I offer my deepest condolences to the beloved family of Cardinal Soter Fernandez. So caring to others, humble, dutiful, His Eminence modelled to us all Catholic and non, the example of God's most faithful Servant. There will be a lot of people who miss him dearly spread far and wide. We will never forget you. With love from Finian on behalf of surviving family of the late Robert Augustin of Sungai Petani Kedah.
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Gary Liew2019, Asrama Cahaya Rumah Wanita Cacat Infant Jesus Convent, Jalan Bukit Nanas, Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia I’ve had the kind fortune to see many beautiful tender moments that Cardinal Soter had with people in private. One particular comes to mine, this was taken about a week before Christmas last year. Cardinal was spending time with his favorite residents of Asrama Cahaya, these elderly women with disabilities ranging from hearing, speech and sight impairments to mental disabilities. Approximately 35 women above the age of 60. Most occupants have been with the home since they were young having been abandoned as children. Cardinal has been visiting them for about 4 decades as his residence was just across the road when he was Archbishop of KL. He spent that whole morning with them, wheeling them around, listening to their stories, hearing their confessions.. He knew them by name! They had a very special place in his heart and I am sure he did as well to them. It brought so much joy just to see him being with them, taking the time of just being in the moment. He even asked if my Mum was with me of which I brought her to see him. I realised now that every time I would see Cardinal, he would always without fail ask about my Mum and my family’s well-being.. right up to till the very end! It speaks volumes about the kind of man he was, his genuine love for others and how he carried it with such humility and that sense of dignity that was a lot bigger than himself. He met real Saints in his lifetime but I know for a man who carried the embodiment of Christ was nothing short of being an everyday Saint himself. I am going to miss these simple yet beautiful moments and how precious they were.
Tq.. Cardinal Soter.. a fathe…
George Harrison1989, Ampang, Selangor, Malaysia Tq.. Cardinal Soter.. a father a shepherd.. you have inspired me in many ways .. I remember very clearly how excited I was to meet you when I was 16 yrs old as a young messenger for BEC Ampang town helping my mom who was the BEC leader then... you came with fr peter the pp of st Anthony kl , you went around on pastoral visit , ascension chapel ampang Tasek, all becs zones , visiting communities listening n encouraging us to build our faith communities based on the word shared n lived in the BEC. You were very firm on the point to set aside every Wednesday of the week for the BEC. We saw the BECs growing... you have given Us the gud fiery spirit of ‘aggiornamento’1976.I came to see you in 1995, telling my desire to be a priest, you told me “ go continue doing your work n pray ...” and then Came the surprise, you sent me a letter accepting me to enter seminary college general, Penang in 1996. I asked you” your grace , what shall I bring along to the seminary?” You answered , “ leave behind all your asayo files , just bring your self alone”. ( I was actively involved In asayo - youth office then) ... throughout my formative yrs... you have very firmly corrected, challenged, taught, filled me with your gud examples lived n your spiritual life . Thank you! You loved st joseph ! Once I was helping to clear some things in your room at Cardign hse, I saw a tiny wooden statue of st joseph beside de bed, and you told me , how miraculous st joseph is to you. You said , joseph may not be famous like Mary with all great feasts n stories but St joseph a “righteous “man of god , always went ahead doin all that God wants. You liked st joseph very much. You always prayed to him . These really inspired me a lot ! You were a man of ‘ ecumenical n inter religious dialogue’. When I was serving at visitation seremban, in 2017, you came to grace the occasion of “Go MAD” celebrating Malaysia day... you gave us five points in your speech ... they were our own RUKUN NEGARA... and then we together took oath IKRAR... renewing our love and duty for our beloved Malaysia! This was really awesome.You have always been there at all our priests monthly recollections, retreats, fellowships ... and when a priest comes knocks on your door , at any hour , you hv always been available, approachable and hospitable! Our fathers look up to you with deep respect n love ! Thank you!‘Taken from among men, chosen formed ordained and sent to live among Men and serve them’ you have always reminded us with these n many more words ... Tq! I still remember , at age of 16 I stood a far and was watching you getting down from fr peter’s car, with your hands together showing respect saying “thosthiram amma ayya “ to my parents n rest of people there waiting and welcoming with joy . You showed love , warmth and “nearness” with the flock like Jesus did. For most of us it was the first time meeting , receiving n having fellowship with an archbishop. Thank you Your Eminence, you will continue living in our hearts! Pray for us. We love you!Fr George Harrison Vatican City
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Julie Lim Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: One of my first personal encounters with Anthony Soter Cardinal Fernandez was in the late 90s when I was a journalist with Herald – The Catholic Weekly.

I was assigned to cover an event and to get a comment from Cardinal Soter after that. I don’t remember now what the event was about, but I do remember thinking, “Die-lah, must interview the Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur.

“How should I start the conversation?

“Will he be impatient considering he’s an Archbishop?”

However all my doubts were unfounded.

Cardinal Soter turned out to be humble, patient and kind. We sat in a corner whilst the event participants walked around. He spoke with conviction and started speaking quite fast but slowed down so that I could jot down his comments accurately. At that time we didn’t have canggih manggih mobile phones that could record.

When Cardinal Soter was Spiritual Father of the House at College General, I travelled to Penang to interview him for a project. During lunch, I observed that after finishing his meal, he would pick every morsel of food and every grain of rice from his plate until it was wiped clean. Clearly this was a man who did not waste food.

During his tenure as Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur, he placed great emphasis on Basic Ecclesial Communities (BEC). In October 2001, he declared that Wednesday evenings be reserved exclusively for BEC related activities, something which my BEC is following diligently to this day. The importance of BECs came to light again during this pandemic when Masses resumed in June 2020 and those who wish to attend Mass had to register through their BEC. As a result of this, my BEC actually grew by about 3 families. Cardinal Soter certainly had pastoral foresight.

As we bid farewell to Anthony Soter Cardinal Fernandez, let us not mourn but instead celebrate the Glory and Wisdom of God that shone so brightly through his humility and leadership.
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During the last years of His …
Tristan PaulKuala Lumpur During the last years of His Eminence's journey in life, I had the privilege to meet him in a handful of occasions. Whenever i was up close with him, he always had a tendency to hold my hand. Maybe this was something he did to most people. However, while he would hold my hand, he held it in a such a way that it wouldn't be easy for me to let go, both physically and emotionally. Looking back, I think that's a reflection on how Catholicism ought to be, that once you hold on to Christ, you shouldn't let go no matter what. My prayers go for his soul, that God would hold him in the same manner. Requiescat in Pace
Angela Vincent Deepest condolences from Celine Vincent and family, PJ and Melbourne. We thank God for the gift of His Eminence - his simplicity, humility and friendliness touched us much. May His soul rest in peace.
Praying also for the presbyterate in this time.
Marilyn Chia - St. Ignatius C…
Marilyn Chia Marilyn Chia - St. Ignatius Church: It was a privilege to have attended Holy Hour at the chapel of the Little Sisters of the Poor old folks home back in 2018 (while waiting for my daughter to finish an outreach session). After Holy Hour I met Cardinal Soter outside the chapel. What touched me the most was when he said to me: “How are you my child?”, and gave me this card.
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Thecla Densia God bless the soul of our Cardinal Soter. May he rest in peace with the Lord.
With our prayerful and deepest condolence to all the members of his family and to the Archdiocese of KL.
The Daughters of St Paul (Selangor & Sabah) Communities
Thank you for service and lea…
Matthew Raj2011, Chapel of Our Lady of Good Health, Lorong Satu, Kampung Pandan, Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Thank you for service and leadership.
Theresa Ratnam Thong In Remembrance of His Eminence Anthony Soter Cardinal Fernandez

Our Dearest Cardinal Soter …
Grateful to have known you
Greatness amongst the few
Blessing our lives with your hue
We embrace your cue

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Our Dearest Cardinal Soter
Your simple ways
Guiding with grace
Affable as you interface
Worthy of every praise

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Our Dearest Cardinal Soter …
Our Son of the Soil
Your untiring toil
You brought to boil
Our sanctity oil

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Our Dearest Cardinal Soter …
Filial and grounded
Sensibility unbounded
Principles founded
Beliefs expounded

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Our Dearest Cardinal Soter …
Tending to your flock
The Poor embraced as you walk
The Marginalised is your talk
Field Hospitals in your chalk

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Our Dearest Cardinal Soter …
Discerning on the being
Human development your meaning
Social justice in living
Stewardship in leading

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Our Dearest Cardinal Soter …
Your indelible mark
Dialogue you spark
With purposeful intent you hark
Your presencing a hallmark

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Our Dearest Cardinal Soter …
Touching us with your magnanimity
Your decorum displaying dignity
Your compassion magnifying sincerity
Your passion promoting humility

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Our Dearest Cardinal Soter …
Embracing a mode of forbearance
Defining the spirit of deference
Serving with integrity and reverence
Caring unconditionally is our remembrance

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Our Dearest Cardinal Soter …
Honouring your legacy
Living your prolificacy
Emulating your efficacy
Thanking you for your abundancy

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Our Dearest Cardinal Soter …
Rest thee well our Living Saint
With the Angels and Saints you acquaint
The glorious crown you now attain
A beautiful Soul hailed in the Heavenly domain

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Theresa Ratnam Thong
28th October 2020
In response to "What did His Eminence Anthony love to do?"
Rev Sean Prasad Dear Bishop Julian Leow Beng Kim and the Catholic family,

We take this opportunity not only to express our sincere condolence but more importantly is to acknowledge and celebrate the life of His Eminence Anthony Soter Cardinal Fernandez , Archbishop Emeritus of Kuala Lumpur Archdiocese.
His Eminence was the first Cardinal of Malaysia which is clearly one of the highest honors’ and confirms the obvious, that he was an exceptional man. Greatness is not only in titles one earns but in humility. We are told of many accounts of his humility and love for people. His fine Christian attributes precedes his many accolades. As such, we , the Christians community take this opportunity to bid him a temporary farewell while saluting his faithfulness and sincere service to his calling. “Well done good and faithful servant” Matt 25:23 .

Sincere prayers and condolence,
Rev Sean Prasad
Good Tidings Assembly A/G
Shah Alam Christian Fellowship (SACF)
Theresa Ratnam Thong Our condolences and deepest sympathies to the Clergy and the Family of His Eminence Anthony Soter Cardinal Fernandez. With all of you in thought and prayer during this time of bereavement. May his soul rest in peace.
WHEELS (Assumption Church, PJ…
Nicolas Lourdes2017 WHEELS (Assumption Church, PJ.) Disability Awareness event and special Mass celebrated by Cardinal Soter Fernandez, hosted by Eagle's Wing Ministry, St. Joseph Church, Sentul. - 2017
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Nicolas Lourdes2017, Sentul, KL, Malaysia WHEELS (Assumption Church, PJ.) Disability Awareness event and special Mass celebrated by Cardinal Soter Fernandez, hosted by Eagle's Wing Ministry, St. Joseph Church, Sentul. - 2017
WHEELS (Assumption Church, PJ…
Nicolas Lourdes2017, Sentul, KL, Malaysia WHEELS (Assumption Church, PJ.) Disability Awareness event and special Mass celebrated by Cardinal Soter Fernandez, hosted by Eagle's Wing Ministry, St. Joseph Church, Sentul. - 2017
WHEELS (Assumption Church, PJ…
Nicolas Lourdes2017, Sentul, KL, Malaysia WHEELS (Assumption Church, PJ.) Disability Awareness event and special Mass celebrated by Cardinal Soter Fernandez, hosted by Eagle's Wing Ministry, St. Joseph Church, Sentul. - 2017

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