KUALA LUMPUR – Fr Julian Leow Beng Kim from the College General Major Seminary, Penang, has been appointed to succeed Archbishop Emeritus Murphy Pakiam of Kuala Lumpur.
Apostolic Nuncio to Malaysia Archbishop Joseph Marino made this announcement on July 3.
Fr Leow, 50, is set to become the fourth archbishop of Kuala Lumpur.
The priest of 12 years has also been holding other roles such as Dean of Studies and Initiation Year Director at the College General Major Seminary.
He was born in Seremban and studied at St Paul’s Institution before heading to Australia, where he graduated with a degree in building from the University of New South Wales.
In 2002, he was ordained a priest and for two years was assistant priest at the Church of the Visitation, Seremban. He was parish priest at the Church of the Holy Family, Kajang, from 2004-2007.
In 2007, he went to Rome and studied Church history at the Gregorian University. He returned in 2010 to lecture at the College General Major Seminary and was made Dean of Studies and Initiation Year Director.
Speaking to reporters, Archbishop-elect Leow said he is happy with his appointment but apprehensive of his new responsibilities.
“I’m still reeling. I just found out a few days ago. I was hoping it was somebody else because it is a very heavy responsibility,” said Fr Leow.
Until his episcopal ordination, Fr Leow will remain as Dean of Studies.
The Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur covers Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Pahang, Terengganu and Negeri Sembilan and includes 40 parishes and chapels.
By Vincent D’Silva