One of the earliest Churches established in Sarawak is the St. Francis Xavier Church by the European Roman Catholic priests. The church also set up a very good clinic which served many people for miles around and that benefitted the schools which have been set up around Kanowit too. I know a good nun called Sister Barbara who served here very selflessly for decades. Although she should be retired now she is still serving in different missions elsewhere. She was a saviour to many young mothers who could have lost their lives while giving birth. Many unwanted young baby girls were also sent to the Convent to be educated and later led good lives.
The Mission Road in Kanowit has a very different reputation from that of Sibu.
This road is also the address of the Dayak House which provides accomodation to people from the ULU who could not afford the small hotel rates.
|Boarding House for the Ulu People...5 family rooms are available.|
|The old school buildings of St. Francis Xavier|
The mystery was solved. In the birth certificate the boy's name was not Xavier at all. But instead he was registered as SPOON. The clerk at Registrar of Births obviously could not spell Xavier and wrote down SPOON instead. In Sarawak this is actually quite a common story . Tales of funny names because the father of the child cannot spell the good name he wants to give and the clerk is not any wiser. Perhaps this problem is slowly being alleviated by better education.
|New St. Francis Xavier Church|