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).
The Assumption Church is proud to be host of two events under the Georgetown Festival 2016. Yesterday was the ‘Love, Joy, Peace’ Sacred Music concert by The Messengers, and on this Friday (12 Aug) and Saturday (13 Aug), will be the Assumption Heritage Fest, an annual affair organised by the Penang Eurasian Association. Below, you will find the full programme.
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Penang’s oldest church gets facelift
3 JULY 2016 @ 1:21 PM
When he was a child, he went to the church with his family to worship on Sundays. Today, Reverend Gerard Steve Theraviam is chairing a committee that oversees the restoration of the 156-year-old Church of the Assumption in Farquhar Street, George Town, Penang.
“I have a personal connection to this house of God wherein saints and sinners have worshipped together and it is certainly an awesome building.
“Each day we welcome many tourists and pilgrims who come to view this historical gem and, at the weekends, many people come and join our services and to savour the beautiful sounds of our recently-restored pipe organ,” he adds as he takes media representatives on a tour of the glorious edifice.
The church will close its doors for 14 months from Sept 1 for a RM2.5 million restoration job. It is obvious for all to see that the building needs a face-lift.
New Straits Times
28 June 2016
by Marina Emmanuel
The 156-year-old church, which is located within the Unesco core zone here, is set to temporarily close its doors for 14 months beginning Sept 1.
It also houses one of Southeast Asia’s oldest pipe organs which was assembled in Penang in 1916 and is Malaysia’s largest church pipe organ.
The church was first built in 1860 and in 1928, underwent its first extension when two wings were added.
“The Assumption Church is already a monumental landmark in the George Town Heritage Site situated almost next door to many other notable buildings such as St George’s Church, the High Courts, the Logan Memorial, as well as Convent Light Street and St Xavier’s Institution. “
29 November 2015
By Lucia Lai
The oldest Catholic cemetery in Penang Island (226 years old), located off Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah, is in the UNESCO World Heritage Zone. It is adjacent to the bigger, and more well-known old Protestant cemetery where Penang’s founder, Capt. Francis Light was buried.
The pipe organ was built in 1914 by Morton & Moody of Oakham, England, and brought to the Assumption Church, Penang, in 1916. It was built of the wood of oak, pine and mahogany. It has 640 pipes made of lead and zinc.
However, as time went by, the pipe organ began to fall into disrepair. The wood had been infested with termites and rats, and had to be replaced. The pipes had to be cleaned and the tuners atop each pipe had to be replaced.
It was noted that restoration, which could only be done in England, would cost RM251,589. In April 2011, a ‘Save the Pipe Organ’ committee was set-up to collect funds for the restoration. Donations slowly poured in from parishioners including corporate companies like, Air Asia Expedia, Star Publications and Think City, which contributed a hefty amount.
The restoration is being carried out by Peter Wood & Son, a British company specialising in pipe organ building, repairs, restorations, and tuning. Its managing director, Mark Wood and fellow organ builder Nigel Crossley, made a visit to the Assumption Church on Jan 15 to assess the situation. A service agreement between Mark Wood and the parish priest, Fr Dominic Santhiyagu was signed on Jan 19.
It took about ten days to dismantle the parts before shipping them to England on Jan 30.
The restoration would take about six months and the organ is expected to be brought back to the Assumption Church in September. Then the task of fixing back the organ will take about 30 days. — By Lucia Lai
(taken from Herald)
In conjunction with the Feast of the Assumption this year, the Church of the Assumption in Penang, organized several activities in the month of August.
First off, was a ‘Faith Walkathon’, organized by the Altar Servers Group. It was held on 4 Aug, which see about 70 people, of all ages, joining in. The walk covers all the 4 churches of City Parish, with stop-over at the churches for reflection and prayers.