Roman Catholic Diocese of Sandakan

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Diocese of Sandakan

Dioecesis Sandakaana

Keuskupan Sandakan
Ecclesiastical provinceKota Kinabalu
MetropolitanKota Kinabalu
Area43,657 km2 (16,856 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics (including non-members)
(as of 2018)
57,943 (4.17%)
Established16 July 2007
CathedralCathedral of St Mary in Sandakan
Current leadership
BishopDatuk Julius Dusin Gitom
Metropolitan ArchbishopDatuk John Wong Soo Kau
Vicar GeneralRev Msgr Nicholas Ong

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Sandakan (Dioecesis Sandakaana) is located in east Malaysia. It is a suffragan diocese of the Archdiocese of Kota Kinabalu. The diocese is subdivided into 5 parishes and 1 Mission


The diocese was created on 16 July 2007, from some territory of the Archdiocese of Kota Kinabalu. Julius Dusin Gitom was appointed as the first bishop of the diocese. The diocese covers the Sandakan and Tawau Divisions of Sabah State.[1]

List of parishes[edit]

There are 5 parishes and 1 Mission located in the Diocese of Sandakan.



His Grace, Right Reverend Datuk Julius Dusin Gitom, DD


St Mary Cathedral Parish, Sandakan

  • Rector: Rev David Garaman
  • Asst PPs: Rev Christopher Ireneus, Rev Thomas Makajil

Paitan Mission St Francis of Assisi Chapel, Sandakan

  • Residing Priest: Rev Thomas Makajil

Holy Parish Trinity Church Parish, Tawau

  • Rector: Rev Msgr Nicholas Ong
  • Asst PP: Rev Sunny Chung

Our Lady of Fatima Church Parish, Beluran

  • Rector: Rev Philip Muji

St Dominic Church Parish, Lahad Datu

  • Rector: Rev Simon Kontou
  • Asst PP: Rev Marcellinus Pongking

St Martin Church Parish

  • Rector: Rev Jasery Gabuk
  • Asst PP: Rev Stanley Matakim


  1. ^ "The Pope creates diocese of Sandakan and appoints first Bishop". Agenzia Fides. 17 July 2007. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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