Two nuns working with disadvantaged children assaulted, critically injured


Update by Facebook user Mary Josephine Prittam Singh:

I was at the hospital with the family and IJ Sisters throughout most of the day and felt their pain and anxiety over the incident. Mary-Rose was transferred to the ward around noon whilst Julianna was still at the emergency ward until this evening unable to be moved due to her unstable condition caused by the drop in her blood pressure and very bad brain injuries.

church of the visitation Two Christian nuns working among poor and disadvantaged children were viciously attacked this morning at a church in Seremban.

They are Sr Julianna Lim, 69, and Sr Mary-Rose Teng, 79, belonging to the Sisters of the Holy Infant Jesus (IJ), a Catholic religious order of educators, many of whom were teachers in Convent schools across the country.

Julianna heads the Seremban IJ Learning Centre, a centre for providing holistic education to children from poor and disadvantaged backgrounds, according to an IJ colleague who briefly worked at the Centre..

Mary-Rose used to take care of children with disabilities in Bukit Nanas, KL. After her retirement, she was transferred to Seremban, where she used to keep in touch with the children at the Learning Centre.

Julianna is in a coma in the ICU while Mary-Rose is conscious but unable to speak.

A hard, blunt object was believed to have been used in the assault. The two injured nuns were found in the premises of the Church of the Visitation in Seremban before morning service.

Gregory Chan, a Catholic priest in Seremban, reports on his Facebook:

My dear friends, please pray for two of our IJ sisters – Srs. Juliana & Mary-Rose – who were viciously attacked and seriously injured in our Church grounds early this morning before Lauds & Mass had begun.

The ambulance came for them. After masses at Visitation and Mt Carmel, I rushed to the Emergency Ward, & saw them bruised, bleeding and in shock. One is critical and on a respirator.

As I anointed them, tears streamed down my face. I couldn’t help it. How wicked it is to do this to our nuns, who have given their whole life to God.

Nevertheless, let us pray for God’s forgiveness upon them, and for their eventual conversion.

The Church of the Visitation reports in its Faceook page:

Dear brothers and sisters

Please pray for Sr Julianna, an IJ nun, who was hurt in a robbery this morning. She is quite critical at the red zone GH Seremban. The doctors attending to her have asked to inform relatives. Please pray for her complete recovery. God bless.

It is difficult to imagine why anyone would want to rob IJ sisters, who are under a vow of poverty and would be unlikely to carry much money. It is unclear if the sisters were in religious or lay garb at the time of the incident. (Update: It is understood that the nuns were in lay attire at the time of the incident; so that may point to robbery.)

The Christian community need not be told to remain calm, but they will be naturally concerned about their safety, especially as this incident comes in the wake of provocative banners put up outside churches in Penang by unidentified individuals.

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18 May 2014 12.26pm

Najib is telling us he is powerless in preventing price hike. 47% who voted for BN are cheated.

Ho Ho Ho
Ho Ho Ho
17 May 2014 3.02pm

Electric tariff hike..gst and we better ask him to go to HELL ….

17 May 2014 12.20am

I cannot imagine this to be a hate crime. It is incomprehensible to think that a person so consumed by hate (towards a stranger / two elderly ladies) would have carried out such a heinous attack. That will be evil incarnate.

Phua Kai Lit
Phua Kai Lit
18 May 2014 1.26am
Reply to  peng

Neo-fascist political fanatics are capable of doing anything as they are filled with
hatred toward political rivals and political enemies.

Nobody in their right minds would try to rob
essentially penniless Roman Catholic clergy !

Ho Ho Ho
Ho Ho Ho
16 May 2014 8.46pm

we have useless pm…

Phua Kai Lit
Phua Kai Lit
16 May 2014 11.55am

Likely result of the constant barrage of neo-fascist propaganda
against Christians in Malaysia(?) Shame on the UMNO Baru-BN regime !

15 May 2014 11.33am

It’s disturbing to note that the Prime Minister, Najib Razak deem fit to keep silent on the recent spate of racist remarks and hate crimes that has been heating up the country. He must take full responsibility for allowing things to blow up and condoning this heinous crime!

15 May 2014 5.48am

Boko Haram in Malaysia?

Yogi SP
14 May 2014 10.25pm

It’s barbaric to attack someone irrespective of religion who devote their lives to take care of the unfortunates

19 May 2014 11.08am
Reply to  Yogi SP

This is happening when Home Ministry is telling us that crime rate has gone down?