Church of Our Lady of the Assumption (COLA) in Bandar Seri Begawan

Although Brunei is a Muslim country, there are a few thousand Catholics living in this place. Most of which are expatriates from the neighboring Asian countries. To cater to the spiritual needs of these folks, there are a few churches dotted around Brunei. Luckily, one of the three parishes is at its capital, Bandar Seri Begawan; the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption

Along a quiet street in Bandar Seri Begawan, you’ll see a tree with a simple signage indicating you found your faith’s resting place. It’s a quaint house of worship, with not much space but with an armful of serenity and passion. The people who come in are almost in a slow pace, checking the place and understanding their purpose.

Stepping inside the Church, the first thing you’ll notice is how it resembles much like a retreat house. For some reason, it reminded me of Christian Living Education sessions way back. The chairs and pews are all wooden, the ceilings are humbler and the place is as clean and peaceful as it should. Everything is kept simple, except the altar where you’ll find a few embellishments and spiritual step ups.One thing that’s really likable about this place is the tiled wall art of the Our Lady of Assumption. It looks glorious amidst the simplicity of the white walls. Just like how the rest of this parish addresses the Catholic faith in this Muslim nation – bringing peacefulness and faith. Address: 11 Jalan Kumbang Pasang, Bandar Seri Begawan BS8671, Brunei Darussalam Opening Hours: Daily 6:00 AM - 7:00 PM