New archbishop of KL stresses '4Ls' as his priorities
KAJANG, MALAYSIA – Archbishop Julian Leow Beng Kim, the new Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur, aims to reach out to Catholics who have strayed from the Church and enhance the catechesis of the young, among other priorities.
“I want to bring back the lost, those who have strayed away from Mother Church for whatever reason,” he said. “I urge you to come back home. The Church needs you and you are restless until you rest in the bosom of our Mother.”
He also stressed that young people need a solid understanding of the faith to face the challenges they will encounter.
These two groups of people are part of his four key pastoral priorities which he characterised as the “4Ls” – “the lost, the little, the last and the least” during his episcopal ordination and installation ceremony on Oct 6.
About 10,000 people witnessed the event held at the Church of the Holy Family in Kajang, Selangor.
“Our catechesis must be re-visited, re-studied to ensure our youth know why they believe what they believe and be convinced of this faith,” he said.
Archbishop Leow said he also wants to reach out to the migrants and the marginalised who are generally viewed as the “last” and the “least” respectively.
“The migrants in our archdiocese have left everything in search of something better. I want to make them welcome, to know they have a safe place in the Church and that God loves them very much,” he said.
“The least are the voiceless, the neglected, the oppressed, the forgotten of society,” he added.
“We must provide and care for the weakest in our midst. We are only as strong as our weakest member,” said Archbishop Leow, who was born and raised in Seremban.
Other key concerns include enhancing interreligious dialogue.
“I dedicate myself and my office to the task of healing and building our nation, Malaysia,” he said, adding that he prays that “right decisions are made always by us and our leaders”.
About 18 bishops and 130 priests from Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Philippines attended the ordination ceremony.
Others present included political leaders, members from the Council of Churches Malaysia and leaders from the Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM).
Archbishop Leow leads about 180,000 Catholics from 40 parishes and chapels in Selangor, the Federal Territories, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang and Terengganu.
He is the fourth Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur, taking over from Archbishop Murphy Pakiam.