THE 157-year-old Church of the Assumption located along the heritage enclave at Farquhar Street is expected to reopen its doors to parishioners and tourists in October once renovation works have been completed with a soft opening scheduled to be on Christmas Eve this year.
This was revealed by its fund raising committee chairman John Lau when he and the Bishop of Penang Rev. Sebastian Francis welcomed state exco members Chow Kon Yeow (Local Government, Traffic Management and Flood Mitigation) and Jagdeep Singh (Town & Country Planning and Housing) to the church premises on July 24 to receive RM50,000 from the state government’s Non-Islamic Places of Worship Fund (RIBI).
Penang govt to give RM100k for refurbishment of Church of the Assumption
Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng made the announcement when he visited the church which is to carry out the restoration works at a cost of RM2.5million from September.
He said the state would like to endorse the restoration works by making a token contribution.
The federal government donated RM200,000 towards the church renovations funds. The cheque presentation ceremony was held on 11 Aug. 2012 at church of St John Britto, beginning with a Mass and ending with fellowship. The donations was made by YB Senator Datuk Maglin, the Deputy Minister of Information, Communication and Culture. For other photos, please visit our Facebook page. Article will be up later.