KL Archbishop visits former shepherd and missionary - 26.04.19

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When the French Fathers of the Foreign Missions of Paris or MEP (Missions Estrangeres de Paris) were sent to Malaysia, their purpose was to build the local church and they made a choice of never recruiting new members for themselves. One of the MEP Fathers was Fr. Peter Bretaudeau (born in 1931 and ordained as priest on 2nd April, 1956). The longest serving MEP Father since arriving in Kuala Lumpur on October 1957 until his returned to France on June 2014, Fr. Peter have served in 11 different parishes in the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur. One of the parishes was Church of The Visitation, Seremban from December 1966 to July 1977. During a recent visit to France, Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur, His Grace Julian Leow took time off to visit the 88 years old former shepherd and missionary on 26th April 2019. A memory of the visit was captured in the photos provided below with Fr. Peter who is wheelchair bound, his younger sister, nephews and nieces. 
                       
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Though in his advanced age, Fr. Peter seemed to recognise some of the photos contained in the “Cornerstone” Souvenir booklet to commemorate the 170th years Anniversary of The Church of the Visitation.
 
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As Fr. Peter Bretaudeau continues to live in France and in his twilight years, we offer this prayer and to all retired priests who have touched our lives.

Lord our God,
Source of our eternal salvation,
I pray for your most humble servants, our retired priests:

For their wisdom that shines like a lamp at our feet
May your love keep their path clear for future journeys
To help them always find their way home.

For every kind word and care they’ve given
May your mercy be a well of immeasurable depth
So that they may know true comfort.

For the strength they lent us in times of strife
May your light pierce through the darkest shadows
To let hope abide forever in their hearts.

For giving us our faithful shepherds
We thank you, Loving Father,
and ask you to look after them in retirement
Just as they have done for us, their grateful flock.

We ask this through Jesus Christ, your Son,
and through the intercession of Mary, our beloved Mother. Amen.