A New Way of Being Church

His Eminence,
Anthony Soter
Cardinal Fernandez

Most Rev. Julian Leow
Beng Kim

Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur

Most Rev. Murphy Pakiam

Archbishop Emeritus

Our Vision
  • to be rooted in the Communion of the Trinity and among ourselves.

  • to be in Solidarity with the whole human family and creation.

This Vision leads us to live out our vocation at the service of the Kingdom of God.


Our Mission
  • to Witness to Christ through Basic Ecclesial Communities and transform our parishes into a 'Communion of Communities'.

  • to Proclaim the Kingdom of God through Dialogue with cultures, religions and the poor.

For us, this means journeying together towards.

The year 1786 remains an important landmark in the history of the Church in Malaya and of the history of Penang. A new Vicar Apostolic, Mgr. Garnault was nominated for the leadership of the Vicariate of Siam and Kedah and was endeavoured to visit the four Christian communities established in the South of the Vicariate. The newly elected bishop was the first parish priest of the Church of the Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary in Penang. From 1810 onwards, the expansion of the church in the Vicariate of Siam and Kedah was in the direction of the south whereby beyond Penang and the Malayan Peninsula and even Singapore which had been attached to the Mission of Siam in 1821.

In 1841, the Mission of Siam was divided and now the southern part comprised of five districts: Singapore, Malacca, Penang, Mergui and Tavoy (two cities of Burma now called Myanmar) was officially installed as he Vicariate of Malaya.

The year 1888 would be also an important landmark for the history of the Church in Malaya as the Apostolic Vicariate of Malaya was becoming the Diocese of Malacca. Evangelisation in the two states of Selangor and Negeri Sembilan had begun. In 1848, the first earliest church in Southern states of Malaya, the Church of the Visitation of Blessed Virgin Mary, Seremban was built. In 1883, Church of St John the Evangelist, the second earliest church became the Cathedral and “Mother Church” of the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur.

The year 1955 marked a new beginning in the history of the Church in Malaya-Singapore. The old diocese of Malacca was restricted into a new ecclesiastical province by dividing it into an Archdiocese with two suffragans. The Diocese of Kuala Lumpur comprised of four states in the center of the Peninsula, i.e. the states of Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang and Terengganu with Bishop Dominic Vendargon as suffragan who was ordained in August 1955. The other was Diocese of Penang, comprising of six states in the northern peninsula and in 1972, Singapore ceased to be a metropolitan See and the two states of Malacca and Johor were detached from it and made the new diocese of Melaka – Johor, a suffragan of Kuala Lumpur.

In the year 1972, the Diocese of Kuala Lumpur was raised to the status of an Archdiocese with two suffragan dioceses, i.e. Penang and Melaka-Johor. Archbishop Dominic Vendargon became the first Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur who was then succeeded by Archbishop Anthony Soter Fernandez in 1983. Most Rev. Murphy Pakiam, in the year 2003, was appointed as the third Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur. Most Rev. Murphy Pakiam retired in 2013. He was succeeded by Archbishop Julian Leow in 2014.

Statistical Summary

Edifices

35

Parishes

36

Chapels

25

Mass Centres

Personnel

Cardinal

1

Bishops

2

Diocesan Priests

47

Religious Priests

19

Permanent Deacon (Retired)

1
Archbishops of the Archdiocese

Most Rev. Dominic Vendargon

1972 - 1983

His Eminence, Anthony Soter Cardinal Fernandez

1983 - 2003

Most Rev. Murphy Pakiam

2003 - 2013

Most Rev. Julian Leow

2014 - present
Catholic Dioceses in Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei

Metropolitan Archdiocese
of Kuala Lumpur

Cardijn House
528 Jalan Bukit Nanas
50250 Kuala Lumpur

+603 2078 8828
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Roman Catholic Diocese of
Malacca-Johor

MAJODI Centre
2101 Jalan Masai, Plentong
81750 Masai, Johor

+60-7-3871121
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Roman Catholic Diocese of Penang

Pusat Keuskupan Katolik
Tingkat 1, 290 Jalan Macalister
10450 Penang

+604 229 2761
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Metropolitan Archdiocese
of Kuching

Archdiocesan Curia and Cathedral Pastoral Centre
(Next to St Joseph’s Cathedral)
Batu 1
Jalan Tun Abg Haji Openg
93000 Kuching, Sarawak

+6082 242634
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Roman Catholic Diocese of Miri

Katedral St Joseph
Jalan Angsana
P.O.Box 37, 98000 Miri
Sarawak

+6085 421455

Roman Catholic Diocese of Sibu

Sacred Heart Cathedral
No 1, Jalan Lanang
96000 Sibu, Sarawak

+6084 317373
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Metropolitan Archdiocese
of Kota Kinabalu

Catholic Archdiocesan Centre (CAC)
Lorong Hiburan 3, Taman Hiburan
Jalan Penampang, P.O. Box 10225
88802 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

+6088 712297
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Roman Catholic Diocese of Keningau

Kg. Tuarid Taud
Jalan Kota Ayangan
Housing Lot, Keningau, Sabah

+6087 332935
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Roman Catholic Diocese of Sandakan

Pastoral Office
Jalan Puncak, P O Box 2039
90723 Sandakan, Sabah

+6089 224623
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Archdiocese of Singapore

Archbishop’s Communications Office (ArchComms)
31 Victoria Street
Singapore 187997

+65 6895 1565
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Apostolic Vicariate of Brunei Darussalam

Lot 2469, No. 49 Jalan Lorong 1
Barat Seria KB3533, Brunei

+673 3222304
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  • Metropolitan Archdiocese
    of Kuala Lumpur

    Cardijn House
    528 Jalan Bukit Nanas
    50250 Kuala Lumpur

    +603 2078 8828
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  • Roman Catholic Diocese of
    Malacca-Johor

    MAJODI Centre
    2101 Jalan Masai, Plentong
    81750 Masai, Johor

    +60-7-3871121
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  • Roman Catholic Diocese of Penang

    Pusat Keuskupan Katolik
    Tingkat 1, 290 Jalan Macalister
    10450 Penang

    +604 229 2761
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  • Metropolitan Archdiocese
    of Kuching

    Archdiocesan Curia and Cathedral Pastoral Centre
    (Next to St Joseph’s Cathedral)
    Batu 1
    Jalan Tun Abg Haji Openg
    93000 Kuching, Sarawak

    +6082 242634
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

  • Roman Catholic Diocese of Miri

    Katedral St Joseph
    Jalan Angsana
    P.O.Box 37, 98000 Miri
    Sarawak

    +6085 421455

  • Roman Catholic Diocese of Sibu

    Sacred Heart Cathedral
    No 1, Jalan Lanang
    96000 Sibu, Sarawak

    +6084 317373
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

  • Metropolitan Archdiocese
    of Kota Kinabalu

    Catholic Archdiocesan Centre (CAC)
    Lorong Hiburan 3, Taman Hiburan
    Jalan Penampang, P.O. Box 10225
    88802 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

    +6088 712297
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

  • Roman Catholic Diocese of Keningau

    Kg. Tuarid Taud
    Jalan Kota Ayangan
    Housing Lot, Keningau, Sabah

    +6087 332935
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

  • Roman Catholic Diocese of Sandakan

    Pastoral Office
    Jalan Puncak, P O Box 2039
    90723 Sandakan, Sabah

    +6089 224623
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

  • Archdiocese of Singapore

    Archbishop’s Communications Office (ArchComms)
    31 Victoria Street
    Singapore 187997

    +65 6895 1565
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  • Apostolic Vicariate of Brunei Darussalam

    Lot 2469, No. 49 Jalan Lorong 1
    Barat Seria KB3533, Brunei

    +673 3222304
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