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St Anne Church is located in Bukit Mertajam, Penang.

The Church of St. Anne (GPS: 5.352454, 100.477285) in Cherok Tokun, Bukit Mertajam is quite likely the biggest church complex in the country. The present church building, completed in 2002, sits on sprawling grounds that includes the Old Church, the Stations of the Cross, the residential facility and other sites, collectively known as the Sanctuary of St Anne.

The St Anne Church of Bukit Mertajam traces its beginning to early Chinese and Indian Catholics from Batu Kawan who settled in the foothills of Bukit Mertajam. The early Catholics were peasants who first settled in Batu Kawan in 1833, but circumstances forced them to move on to various locations, among them Permatang Tinggi and Machang Bubok, in their search for suitable land for cultivation, before establishing themselves in Bukit Mertajam.

The Church of St. Anne was started by French missionaries from the Society of Foreign Missions of Paris (Société des Missions Étrangères de Paris, or simply M.E.P), an organisation of secular priests and lay persons who have been active in missionary work in the Far East since the 17th century. The missionaries visited the believers in Batu Kawan, and from there continued to Bukit Mertajam. Even in those early days, there were already Catholic converts among the Hakka and Indian farmers of the area.

St. Anne is regarded as the mother of Mary, the virgin who gave birth to Jesus Christ. Catholics observe her feast day on 26 July every year. St. Anne is believed to have been born around 50BC in either Nazareth or Bethlehem. The Catholics revere St. Anne as the patroness of cabinet makers and miners, as well as those engaged in the craft of spinning, weaving, embroidery, sewing and other such skills.

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