About us

Statistical Summary

Approximate population 1,071,900
Catholic population 220,218
Parishes 12
Outstations / Mass centres 341
Diocesan priests 25
Mill Hill Missionaries 1
Franciscan Friars 2
Franciscan Sisters 52
Carmelite Sisters 11
CDD Priests 1
Jesuit Priests 4
Claretian Priests 4
Salesian Priests 2
Marist Brothers 2
Full time Catechists 26
Seminarians (Diocesan) 6

* Source: Kuching Archdiocesan Archives, 2020

Brief history of the Archdiocese of Kuching

  • Erected as the Apostolic Prefecture of Sarawak by Pope Pius XI on 5 February 1927.
  • Promoted to Apostolic Vicariate of Kuching by Pope Pius XII on 14 February 1952.
  • Elevated to the rank of a metropolitan archdiocese by Pope Paul VI on 31 May 1976, with suffragan sees of Miri and Sibu.
  • The seat of the archbishop is St Joseph’s Cathedral, Kuching.

The Ordinaries of Kuching

  • Simon Poh Hoon Seng (2017 – present)
  • John Ha Tiong Hock (2003 – 2017)
  • Peter Chung Hoan Ting (1975 – 2003)
  • Karl Reiterer, MHM (1968 – 1974)
  • Jan Vos, MHM (1949 – 1968)
  • Luigi Hopfgartner, MHM (1935 – 1949)
  • Edmondo Dunn, MHM (1927 – 1935)

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Last updated: 18 May 2021