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The old St Anne’s Church in Bukit Mertajam February 20, 2007

Posted by asianpixmen in Culture, Malaysia, People, Places.


About 161 years ago (1846), a small  chapel was built next the Bukit Mertajam hill. Its first priest, a Frenchman, was Father Adolphe Couellan.

   The roots of the original St Anne Church were planted at Batu Kawan. Then, it shifted to Permatang Tinggi, and later to Machang Bubok. Finally, it arrived at Bukit Mertajam.


1. Peter Kallang - July 30, 2007

I am just back from St. Ann’s in Bukit Mertajam, Penang. Being there helps in strengthening my faith in the love and mercy of our one and God and father of us all. First of all there were so many people there coming to pay homage to God through the intersession of St. Ann. The people were not only many but they seem to be from other faith as well, not only Catholic. It looks like God does not have any favourate when He wants to extend His love for us.

My suggestion is that more should be done on the part of the Catholics there, or any Catholic faithful, in order to lead all devotees to really know this loving God who works miracles through the intersession of St. Ann. I strongly believe that this is an opportunity given by God to all His faithful to “draw all men to Him” through His Son Jesus Christ.

No matter what miracle God bestow on a person as a result of intersession of St. Ann, it is still God who gives the miracle. God is the giver since He is the creator. St. Ann is a creature, devotion to her must ultimately lead to the conversion to the One true God by the work of the Holy Spirit and merit of His Son our Lord Jesus Christ. So lead them to Jesus who will “lead them to the Father”.

I think this may be the only place in the whole of Malaysia which is so blessed in drawing devotees from across the religious divide of the Malaysian society. It is time for us to read the writing on the wall. What is God saying to us, all of us?

2. asianpixmen - August 2, 2007

Speaking of St Ann, I had a chat with an office colleague recently. She’s a Hindu but her name was Ann.

So when I popped the question as to why she was named after this particular Catholic saint, she said: “A long time ago, my mother went to the St Ann’s Church and sought a favour. I suppose her wish was granted, so in gratitude, I was named after the saint even though my family is Hindu.

What a coincidence because I used to stay next to the old St Ann’s Church. That is Taman Bukit Indah in Bukit Mertajam.

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