Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kuching
Archdiocese of Kuching
Keuskupan Agung Kuching
St Joseph Cathedral, Kuching
|Area||19,173 km2 (7,403 sq mi)|
|(as of 2013)|
|Sui iuris church||Latin Church|
|Cathedral||St Joseph's Cathedral in Kuching|
|Metropolitan Archbishop||Simon Peter Poh Hoon Seng|
|Suffragans||Diocese of Miri|
Diocese of Sibu
Apostolic Vicariate of Brunei Darussalam
|Vicar General||William Sabang|
|Emeritus Bishops||John Ha Tiong Hock, Peter Chung Hoan Ting Archbishop Emeritus (1976-2003)|
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kuching (Latin: Archidioecesis Kuchingensis) is a Metropolitan Latin archbishopric of the Roman Catholic Church in Sarawak, a Malaysian state on Borneo, however remains dependent on the missionary Roman Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.
- It was erected it as the Apostolic Prefecture of Sarawak by Pope Pius XI on 5 February 1927, on territory split off from the Apostolic Prefecture of Labuan and Borneo.
- It was promoted to the Apostolic Vicariate of Kuching by Pope Pius XII on 14 February 1952.
- Lost territory on 1959.12.19 to establish the Apostolic Vicariate of Miri (now its senior suffragan see).
- Pope Paul VI elevated it to the rank of a metropolitan archdiocese on 31 May 1976.
- Lost territory on 1986.12.22 to establish the Diocese of Sibu as its second suffragan.
Ordinaries of Kuching
- Apostolic Prefects of Sarawak
- Edmondo Dunn, Mill Hill Missionaries (M.H.M.) (1927.02.05 – death 1935), previously Apostolic Prefect of Labuan and Borneo (Malaysia) (1897.05.04 – 1927.02.05)
- Luigi Hopfgartner, M.H.M. (1935.11.08 – death 1949)
- Jan Vos, M.H.M. (born Netherlands) (1949.11.18 – 1952.02.14 see below)
- Apostolic Vicars of Sarawak
- Jan Vos, M.H.M. (see above 1952.02.14 - retired 1968), Titular Bishop of Cnidus (1952.02.14 – death 1973.06.29)
- Karl Reiterer, M.H.M. (1968.02.09 – death 1974.12.30), Titular Bishop of Sidyma (1967.02.09 – 1974.12.30), succeeding as former Coadjutor Vicar Apostolic of Kuching (1967.02.09 – 1968.02.09)
- Peter Chung Hoan Ting (1975 – 1976.05.31 see below), Titular Bishop of Asolo (1970.09.01 – 1976.05.31); previously Coadjutor Apostolic Vicar of Kota Kinabalu (Malaysia) (1970.09.01 – 1972), succeeded as Vicar Apostolic of Kota Kinabalu (1972 – 1975)
- Metropolitan Archbishops of Kuching
- Peter Chung Hoan Ting (鍾萬庭) (see above 1976.05.31 – retired 2003.06.21), also President of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei (1976 – 1979 and 1994 – 2000)
- John Ha Tiong Hock (2003.06.21 – retired 4 March 2017), also President of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei (2012.08 – 1 January 2017); previously Titular Bishop of Cabapium (1998.01.17 – 2003.06.21) as Auxiliary Bishop of Kuching (1998.01.17 – 2003.06.21)
- Simon Poh Hoon Seng (傅雲生) (4 March 2017 – ...), succeeding as previous Auxiliary Bishop of Kuching (2015.07.09 – 2017.03.04) and Titular Bishop of Sfasferia (2015.07.09 – 2017.03.04).
Statistics and extent
As per 2014, it pastorally served 192,569 Catholics (15.8% of 1,216,000 total) on 19,173 km² in 12 parishes with 37 priests (26 diocesan, 11 religious), 82 lay religious (13 brothers, 69 sisters), 5 seminarians. It also has a Major seminary of St. Peter.
There are about 19 parishes and chapels administering many outstations around the archdiocese.
- In Kuching city
- St. Joseph's Cathedral, Kuching
- Carmelite Chapel, Kuching
- St. Mark's Church, Batu Kawa, Kuching
- Chapel of Mother Mary, Stutong, Kuching
- St. Peter's Church, Padungan, Kuching
- Chapel of Our Lady Star of The Sea, Bintawa, Kuching
- Holy Trinity Church, Kenyalang Park, Kuching
- Blessed Sacrament Church, Stampin, Kuching
- Sacred Heart Church, Kota Sentosa, Kuching
- St. Ann's Church, Kota Padawan, Kuching
- St. Stephen's Church, Bau
- Holy Spirit Church, Lundu
- St. Theresa's Church, Serian
- St. Jude's Church, Bunan Gega, Serian
- Church of Holy Cross, Tebedu
- Church of Our Lady, Queen of Peace, Sri Aman
- Holy Family Church, Betong
- Mount Hosanna Chapel, Sri Aman
- GCatholic.org, with Google map and satellite photo - data for all sections
- Official website
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