History

MARANATHA House of Prayer (MARANATHA) -
A Jesuit-Lay ministry committed to the promotion of the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius.

MARANATHA had its beginning in 1990-1991 during the Jesuit Twin Celebration of the 500th anniversary of St Ignatius of Loyola and the 450th anniversary of the Society of Jesus.

Bishop Paul Tan, SJ, the then Jesuit Regional Superior of the Jesuits in Malaysia-Singapore, wrote for the JTC souvenir magazine:

"The centenary celebration will have a ripple effect in the lives of God’s people……(to) enable our people to have a glimpse of the dynamism at work in the hearts and minds of the Jesuits as people become more familiar with the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius, and as people collaborate closely with us in the implementation of the centenary programme."

"Our prayer is that the Lay Collaborators will continue to walk with us carrying out the mission of Jesus Christ in the Ignatian way. It is our hope that the enthusiasm generated during the JTC will not wane. Although we cannot keep up the momentum, we can at least keep up the fervour."

MARANATHA is one of the fruits of that dynamism of the Spiritual Exercises. It was an initiative of the four lay members of the planning committee of the Twin Celebration, Gabrielle Yang, Peggy Goh, Judith Koh, and Grace Chung, and the director of the JTC, Fr. Jojo Fung, SJ to continue with the momentum of the ripple effect of the Spiritual Exercises in the lives of people.

The then Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur, Soter Fernandez (now Emeritus Archbishop), in a published letter dated 3rd Jan 1992, assured of his support and prayers for the project, and noted that the retreat house would be organised and run by the laity.

A pro-temp committee of lay volunteers was set up, and a search for suitable land to build the retreat house began in 1992. It was the late Jordan Lee who found the property at Janda Baik, and who helmed the Committee in those critical years, and brought to fruition the long years of persistent and faithful commitment to the project.

After 15 years of searching for an appropriate place, raising funds, and building, facing challenges as well as receiving support, MARANATHA was launched and opened at Easter 2004, by His Grace Most Rev. Tan Sri Murphy Nicholas Xavier Pakiam, DD.

MARANATHA is the realisation of a shared vision and commitment of many lay volunteers and benefactors who supported generously of their time, expertise and skills. It was possible through active Jesuit-lay partnership.

MARANATHA is more than just bricks and mortar. It will give witness to the rich legacy of St Ignatius through the promotion of the Spiritual Exercises. It will give those who wish to live life anew, a deeper and personal relationship with God, and enable them to respond in action for God’s greater glory.

Management Committee
Committed lay volunteers gave and continue to give freely of their skills and gifts, to the bricks and mortar matters, and benefactors of the project engaged in its progress and supported the formation of the lay spiritual directors. The collaborative effort is based on mutual respect of the charisms and gifts, and on trust and transparency of those involved in establishing the retreat house, and keeping faithful to the vision and mission of the collaboration.

Formation/Retreats
The unique feature of MARANATHA is its resource of local, regional and international ignatian retreat directors trained in the Spiritual Exercises are invited to give retreats and formation. This has also helped to build Jesuit–Lay colleagueship in the promotion of the Spiritual Exercises, and meet the need for resource persons for the retreat house.

This has helped to build jesuit lay-collaborative international promotion of the spiritual exercises as a way of growing spiritual relationship with God, with others, and the church.

We are grateful for the support of Jesuits from abroad and lay and other religious who see MARANATHA as an international ministry, and welcome the lay collaborative leadership.

Another feature of MARANATHA is the ecumenical nature of the retreat house, being open and encompassing to those from different Christian traditions for retreats and formation.

Past Committees

2016 - 2017

  • Fr Christopher Wee, SJ
    Director
  • Caroline Peter Dabbi
    Hon Secretary
  • Pilarico Napatud
    Building Maintenance
  • Patricia Lam
    Chairperson
  • Lionel Lai
    Hon Treasurer
  • Grace Chung
    Coordinator Retreats Planning

2015 - 2016

  • Fr Christopher Wee, SJ
    Director 1
  • Grace Chung
    Formation & Retreats Planning Coordinator
  • Tony Skelchy
    Treasurer
  • Joseph Tan
    Secretary
  • Caroline Peter Dabbi
    Marketing Coordinator5
  • Patricia Lam
    Acting Chairperson2 & Funds Raising Coordinator
  • Napatud Pilarico
    Maintenance & Building Coordinator3
  • Lionel Lai
    Assistant Treasurer4
  • Bro Gerard Choo, SJ
    Jesuits Representative

Effective 15 February 2015 
Effective 15 October 2015 
Effective 14 October 2015 
4 Effective 16 July 2015 
Effective 18 June 2015


2013 - 2015

  • Fr Christopher Wee, SJ
    Director 1
  • Grace Chung
    Retreats Planning Coordinator
  • Tony Skelchy
    Treasurer
  • Bro Gerard Choo SJ
    Jesuits Representative
  • Caroline Peter Dabbi
    Marketing Coordinator5
  • Patricia Lam
    Fund Raising Coordinator2
  • Audrey Bong
    Maintenance & Building Coordinator4
  • Joseph Tan
    Secretary
  • Caroline Peter Dabbi
    Marketing Coordinator3

1 Effective 15 October 2013
2 Acting Chairperson, effective 15 February 2013
3 Effective 20 October 2014
4 Effective 20 November 2014


2012 - 2013

  • Late Rev. Fr. Joseph Yao, SJ
    Director
  • Joseph Tan
    Hon Secretary
  • Pat Lam
    Hon Fund Raising Chairperson
  • Grace Chung
    Hon Retreats Planning Coordinator
  • Dominic Tan
    Administrator2
  • Paul & Ann Lim
    Housekeeper & Cook
  • Patricia Lam
    Hon Acting Chairperson1
  • Anthony Skelchy
    Hon Treasurer
  • Rick Khoo
    Hon Building & Maintenance Manager
  • Bro. Gerard Choo, SJ
    Jesuit Representative
  • Margaret Quek
    Registrars of Retreats3

1 from February 2013
2 from 2008
3 from 2008


2010 - 2012

  • Rev. Fr. Collin Tan, SJ
    Director
  • Joseph Tan
    Hon Secretary
  • Pat Lam
    Hon Fund Raising Chairperson
  • Grace Chung
    Hon Retreats Planning Coordinator
  • John Koh
    Hon Chairman
  • Anthony Skelchy
    Hon Treasurer
  • Rick Khoo
    Hon Building & Maintenance Manager
  • Bro. Gerard Choo, SJ
    Jesuit Representative

2009 - 2010

  • Rev. Fr. Larry Tan, SJ
    Director
  • Joseph Tan
    Hon Secretary 1
  • Pat Lam
    Hon Fund Raising Chairperson
  • Grace Chung
    Hon Retreats Planning Coordinator
  • John Koh
    Hon Chairman
  • Anthony Skelchy
    Hon Treasurer
  • Rick Khoo
    Hon Building & Maintenance Manager
  • Bro. Gerard Choo, SJ
    Jesuit Representative

1 from October 2010


2004 - 2009

  • Late Rev. Fr. O.C. Lim, SJ
    Director
  • Peggy Goh
    Hon Secretary 1
  • Pat Lam
    Hon Fund Raising Chairperson
  • Bernie Chow
    Hon Administrator / Marketing
  • Judith Koh
    Hon Member
  • Bernie Chow
    Retreats Companion Team
  • Tracy Beh
    Retreats Companion Team
  • Grace Chung
    Retreats Companion Team
  • John Koh
    Hon Chairman
  • Vincent Yang
    Hon Treasurer
  • Rick Khoo
    Hon Building & Maintenance Manager
  • Grace Chung
    Hom Retreats Planning Coordinator 2
  • Cecelia Khoo
    Hon Member
  • Niloufer Harben
    Retreats Companion Team
  • Judith Koh
    Retreats Companion Team

1 until 2005
2 until 2005


2002 - 2004

  • Late Rev. Fr. O.C. Lim, SJ
    Director
  • Peggy Goh
    Hon Secretary
  • Rick Khoo
    Hon Building & Maintenance Manager
  • Judith Koh
    Hon Member
  • Grace Chung
    Member/Prayer & Retreat Programme
  • John Koh
    Hon Chairman
  • Vincent Yang
    Hon Treasurer
  • Bernie Chow
    Hon Administrator/Marketing
  • Cecilia Khoo
    Hon Members

1996 - 2002

  • Late Rev. Fr. O.C. Lim, SJ
    Director
  • Peggy Goh
    Hon Secretary
  • Jimmy Wong
    Recording Secretary1
  • Judith Koh
    Member
  • Grace Chung
    Member/Prayer & Retreat Programme
  • Cecelia Koh
    Member
  • Jordan Lee
    Hon Chairman
  • Lee Tee & Vincent Yang
    Hon Treasurer3
  • Yvonne Yap
    Recording Secretary2
  • Grace Chung
    Member
  • John Koh
    Hon Consultant /Project Architect

1 from 1995-1996
2 from 1996-1999
3 until 1995, continued by Vincent from 1996


1990 - 1996

  • Rev. Fr. Lawrence Andrew, SJ
    Jesuit Liason
  • Peggy Goh
    Hon Secretary
  • Judith Koh
    Member
  • Rick Khoo
    Member
  • Gabrielle Yang
    Member1
  • John Koh
    Hon Consultant/Project Architect
  • Grace Chung
    Hon Chairperson
  • Michael Yee
    Hon Treasurer
  • Jordan Lee
    Member/Fund Raising Chairperson
  • Cecelia Khoo
    Member
  • Dato' Alan Ngiau
    Member2

1 until December 1992
2 until March 1993


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46000 Petaling Jaya, Selangor DE
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A074 Persiaran Pines
Janda Baik, Bukit Tinggi
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