LEAD Story 367

With faith in the resurrection, the Lasallian East Asia District (LEAD) announces the passing of Br. Stephen Ooi Boon Peng FSC on the evening of 30 August 2021 at Holy Family Home for the Aged (a nursing home managed by the Little Sisters of the Poor), Penang, Malaysia. He was 75 years old and a De La Salle Brother for 55 years.

RELIGIOUS CONSECRATION

Entrance to the Juniorate 1963 January 1 (Penang)
Entrance to the Novitiate 1965 January 1 (Penang)
Habit-Taking 1965 March
First Vows 1966 April 9
Scholasticate 1966 (Penang)
Perpetual Vows 1974 December 8

TOUR OF DUTY

DATE ASSIGNMENT POSITION HELD
1970-1974 St. George’s Institution, Taiping Teacher
1975-1977 St. Francis’s Institution, Melaka Teacher
1978 St. Xavier’s Institution, Penang Studies
1979-1984 St. Francis’s Institution, Melaka Teacher
1984-1987 Manhattan College, New York, USA MA Studies
1988-1996 St. Xavier’s Institution, Penang Teacher
1996-1998 St. Xavier’s Institution, Penang Learning Center
1998-2002 St. Francis’s Institution, Melaka Learning Center
2002-2010 St. Francis’s Institution, Melaka Retired
2010-2018 St. Xavier’s Institution, Penang Retired
2018-2021 Holy Family Home for the Aged, Penang Retired (Nursing Home)

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Eternal rest grant unto Stephen, O Lord.
And let perpetual light shine upon him.
And may the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Br. Stephen Ooi FSC had Parkinson's disease and other complications. Earlier in the day on August 30th, a report from the Little Sisters of the Poor said that his blood pressure was low and oxygen level was also low. He was given breathing tube-assisted oxygen supply. Br. Jason Blaikie FSC, Director of SXI Community said he was "sinking fast", however he could respond to some instructions but he couldn't speak. Sr. Dominica from the Little Sisters of the Poor was at his bedside when he breathed his last at 9:30 pm.

Complying with COVID restrictions, the funeral will be held at the Church of the Risen Christ at 10:00 am, September 1st. Only 12 persons comprised of relatives are allowed at the funeral. This will be followed by cremation at the nearby crematorium. (Br. Andrew Loke FSC)

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“O God, by whose favor your servant, Brother Stephen, was called to the religious life and who witnessed to the message of salvation by his dedication to Christian education, grant that he may be admitted to your eternal friendship with those who have likewise zealously labored in Your Vineyard. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.”

Brother Visitor’s Canonical Letter to Br. Stephen Ooi FSC

2020 November 17

Dear Br. Stephen,

Greetings of peace and wellbeing! I have always wanted to pay you a visit this past year and, despite the pandemic, am most grateful that we have had the chance to connect via the internet. I still hope to be able to visit you sometime soon when travel restrictions ease up in our region.

I am pleased to know that, with the loving care of the Little Sisters of the Poor and the fraternal encouragement of the Brothers in the sector, your needs—physical, emotional and spiritual—are sufficiently provided for and you feel secure and supported even while residing in a nursing home. Despite the increasing challenges related to ageing, it is inspiring to learn from you that you strive your very best to be independent as much as you can. With the help of your prescribed medication, your physiotherapy sessions and the common activities of the nursing home, you should be able to remain mobile and mentally active for years to come. The fraternal visits of the Brothers, your family, friends and former students, should keep you connected with the world outside. The grace of participating in the celebration of the Eucharist and community prayers are wellsprings of strength and hope especially for the journey ahead.

Do not worry if at this stage in life you are unable to do much for yourself or for the ministry. Do not be bothered even if you do not have the same facility in communicating especially with the other residents who can speak only in the local language and who come from other racial backgrounds. This is the time when those of your age group feel more comfortable being in a more quiet and serene environment. There should be enough common activities to build community without the usual noise and fanfare which we are familiar with. May you discover a sanctuary of peace with the other residents who, like you, have the golden opportunity to begin counting life’s many blessings and truly recognize that “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”

I lift you up to the Lord for the past 75 years of a life of grace and your long years of service in the Lasallian Mission. Your keen and happy remembrance of the many names and faces who crossed your paths in the past is another blessing to be grateful for. I thank you for your beautiful and efficacious closing prayer for me at the end of my visit and assure you of my own special remembrance of you and your intentions in the days to come.

Fraternally yours,

Br. Armin A. Luistro FSC