St Annes Festival Penang
- 20 Jul 2012 - 29 Jul 2012
- St Anne's Church - Bukit Mertajam
- Penang Festivals
The St Annes Festival will draw a large congregation of followers. It includes the Night of Candle light procession at the church grounds.
Organizer: St Anne's Church Contact: 04-5386405
- St Anne's Church
- Bukit Mertajam
St Anne's Church, Bukit Mertajam is a famous Roman Catholic church located in Bukit Mertajam, Penang, Malaysia. The church attracts many people during the feast of St Anne. The site of the church (originally a chapel), was founded in 1846 by French priests, with the main church opened in 1888. It is named after St Anne, the mother of the Virgin Mary and grandmother of Jesus Christ. The original church is now called St Anne's Shrine. It was the main church for the annual celebrations for St Anne's feast. In 1958, the parish opened another church. This church was known as the "new church" for 48 years, and is now a centre. In 2002, another new church was built. This church could fit 1,200 people. Work on the new St Anne's Church started in 2000 and was completed two years later. It was opened by the then Apostlic Delegate to Malaysia. Not only was a new church constructed, an avenue was constructed in front of the church. Domus St Anne was also built to accommodate pilgrims who intend to stay over. A parish office, parish community centre and canteen were also built. In 2006, the church installed 'Statues of Passion' at a cost of RM600,000. These statues depict the stations of the cross. The current parish priest is Msgr Stephen Liew and his assistant is Fr. Simon Ee.