On the morning of Sunday, 23rd March, 2014, Fr Martin Arlando, parish priest of the Church of Divine Mercy (CDM) Penang called together a group 22 parishioners representing the leaders of BEC and Ministries for a meeting. He began with an opening prayer and then explained the purpose of a parish pastoral council (PPC) at CDM. He referred to the Constitution of the PPC of the Diocese of Penang and explained that with the establishment of CDM as a parish on the 29th September, 2013, the role of the Advisory Council would have to cease at the end of March 2014. The PPC of CDM would have to be established and take over the role of advising him in the running of the parish. The people called to this meeting would constitute the first PPC of CDM. Each person was then asked to introduce himself/herself and explain the present leadership role played in the parish. Fr. Martin also introduced some people whom he had included to join the PPC as their contributions would be significant in the balanced growth of CDM. These included the leaders from the Youth Ministry, the Altar Servers and the Migrant Ministries (East Malaysians, Indonesians and Filipinos).
An election took place and the office bearers were elected by balloting. The PPC office bearers elected are as follows:
President: Fr. Martin Arlando (Parish Priest)
Chairperson: Mr. Gerard Rodney Gomez
Vice-Chairperson: Dr. Ivan Filmer
Honorary Secretary: Mr. Francis Xavier Arulanthu
Honorary Assistant Secretary: Ms. Catherine Chong
Treasurer: Ms. Jennifer Lee
Dr. Ivan Filmer
21st April, 2014.