Obituary – Late Rev. Father James Muhren, MHM

March 4, 2009 at 9:47 am 2 comments

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Let us pray for him.

Fr. James MuhrenAbsolve, we beseech Thee, O Lord,
the soul of Thy servant James Muhren,
from every bond of sin,
that being raised in the glory of the resurrection,
he may be refreshed among the Saints and Elect.
Through Christ our Lord.


Rev. Father James Muhren (14th October 1926 – 2nd March 2009) was a Mill Hill priest who has served Sarawak for 40 years. During the night of 26 February 2009, Muhren suffered a massive brain haemorrhage. He passed away peacefully on 2nd March 2009 in the afternoon.

Early Life

Jacobus Ludovicus Maria Mühren was born on 14th October 1926 in Volendam, the Netherlands to Arnold Mühren and Alida Hansen. He had seven brothers and six sisters. He finished his studies at Hoorn in 1939 and at Haelen in 1944. In 1946 he went to Roosendaal for his philosophical studies and to Mill Hill in 1948 for his theological studies. He took his Perpetual Oath on 5th May 1951 at Mill Hill and was ordained a priest at St Joseph’s College, Mill Hill on 13th July 1952. Muhren’s first appointment was to Hoorn in 1952. After teaching there for ten years he received his appointment to the Vicariate of Kuching (now Archdiocese) on 8th July 1962, where his brother Do, also a missionary priest, had died in 1956.

Serving In Sarawak

After his arrival in 1962, he was assigned to Kanowit Mission. He worked there for just over a year. Then he was recalled to Kuching to look after the mini-minor seminary. In the five years that followed he also got involved in what was to become the organised Lay Apostolate. After his rectorship of the seminary, he was assistant in St. Joseph’s Parish and chaplain of the Lay Apostolate. In 1979, he was posted to Sibu where he first worked in Sacred Heart Parish for a number of years. Then, he was the parish priest of St. Mary’s Parish until his retirement in 2002. For the past 40 years he has had contact with ” Sarawak Students Overseas” everywhere in the world, sending them occasional newsletters and urging them to remain faithful to the practice of their religion and to be active as Catholics amongst their fellow students.


After he had left Sarawak in 2002, he stayed at the religious retirement home in Holland.

Published Books

He published a booklet of Communion Reflections for the three year cycle that is used in the Sunday Masses as a communal prayer after Holy Communion. The Treasury of Mary, a book of short stories about our Blessed Mother, is another publication that he wrote. He also published a series of books called Crumbs From the Table.


In the month of February, he fell in his room at the retirement home and suffered hip injuries. Later, he had brain haemorage and caused him to slip into a coma on the 28th February 2009. He died on 2nd March 2009 at the age of 82.

May his soul rest in peace.


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. le chat  |  March 4, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    Requiescat in pace.

  • 2. rhealk  |  March 4, 2009 at 9:38 pm


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