OPA celebrates not just another Paulian Achievement.
This is an inspiration of divine grace.
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
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
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
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
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.
The Malaysia Insider