OPA celebrates not just another Paulian Achievement.

This is an inspiration of divine grace

Catholic priest Reverend Father Julian Leow Beng Kim was installed and ordained as the fourth Archbishop of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur (ArchKL) in a ceremony today attended by some 12,000 Catholic faithful as well as foreign dignitaries.

The ceremony at the Holy Family Church in Kajang was witnessed by representatives of the ecumenical and interreligious councils and bishops from around the region, including Thailand, Sri Lanka and the Philippines.

Busloads of Catholics from all over the country began arriving at the church as early as 7am to witness the two-part ceremony – the ordination of 50-year old Leow as Bishop and his installation as Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur.

As Leow made his way to the altar at the start of the ceremony, his parents, sitting in the front pew, held his face and kissed him. A long and thunderous applause followed after Leow was bestowed with the symbolic ring, mitre and crozier – symbols of his pastoral office.

As the Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur, Leow will lead some 180,000 Catholics from 40 parishes and chapels in Selangor, the Federal Territories, Negri Sembilan, Pahang and Terengganu.

Leow was appointed by the Vatican on July 3, taking over from Tan Sri Murphy Pakiam, who retired in December upon reaching the age limit of 75 after serving as Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur for ten years.

Apostolic Nuncio to Malaysia Archbishop Joseph Marino was presider at the ceremony. President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei, Archbishop John Ha, was the main celebrant. Archbishop Emeritus Soter Fernandez and Pakiam were the two co-consecrators.

A native of Seremban, Leow completed his primary and secondary education at St Paul’s Institution, Seremban. He then obtained a Bachelor of Building from the University of New South Wales, Australia in 1989. After a three-year working stint in the private sector, Leow commenced his seven-year formative studies to the priesthood at College General Major Seminary, Penang in 1994.

He was ordained a priest on April 20, 2002 at the Church of the Visitation, Seremban. – October 6, 2014.

Source: The Malaysia Insider


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