Bishops Details

His Eminence Anthony Soter Cardinal Fernandez DD

Cardinal,ARCHDIOCESE OF KUALA LUMPUR

Address

St Francis Xavier Home for the Elderly No. 3
Jalan 5/96,
Off Jalan Sekuci Taman Sri Bahtera,
Batu Lima Cheras
56100 Kuala Lumpur

Rumah Uskup Agung
528  Jalan Bukit Nanas
50250 Kuala Lumpur

Contact Details

Telephone : 03-91311464
Fax : 03-91310838
Email : soter1932@gmail.com
Website : https://www.archkl.org/

Event
Date
Date of Birth :
22-04-1932
Ordained as Priest :
10-12-1966
Appointed Bishop of Penang :
29-09-1977
Ordained Bishop :
17-02-1978
Appointed Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur :
30-07-1983
Installed as Archbishop :
10-11-1983
Retired :
24-05-2003
Appointed Cardinal :
09-10-2016
Elevated Cardinal :
19-11-2016
 

Brief History

Anthony Soter Fernandez is the first Malaysian Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church and Archbishop Emeritus of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He became the Archdiocese's second Archbishop upon his appointment on 30 July 1983 by Pope John Paul II, and was installed on 10 November 1983. He retired on 24 May 2003 and was succeeded by Murphy Nicholas Xavier Pakiam.

Early Life
Anthony Soter Fernandez was born on the 22nd of April 1932, which was a Friday.

Anthony Soter Fernandez was ordained as a priest on 10 December 1966. He served two terms as president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei from 1987-1990 and 2000-2003.

Anthony Soter Fernandez served as Bishop of the Diocese of Penang and Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur.

Appointment as Auxiliary Bishop
Anthony Soter Fernandez became the Archdiocese's second Archbishop upon his appointment on 30 July 1983 by Pope John Paul II, and was installed on 10 November 1983. He retired on 24 May 2003 and was succeeded by Murphy Nicholas Xavier Pakiam.

Anthony Soter Fernandez is also the Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Penang, where he was Bishop from 17 February 1978, until his appointment to head the Church in Kuala Lumpur.

Appointment as Cardinal
Fernandez was created a cardinal by Pope Francis in the consistory on 19 November 2016. He is the first Malaysian to be made a cardinal.


STATISTICAL SUMMARY

  • Approximate Total Population : 11,872,200
  • Estimated Catholic Population and Migrants and Itinerants : 150,000
  • Baptism : Infants (under 7 years) : 1,925
  • Adults : 534
  • Edifices : Parishes : 36
  • Chapels : 36
  • Mass Centres : 25
  • Personnel : Archbishop : 1
  • Archbishop Emeritus : 2
  • Vicars General : 2
  • Diocesan Priests : 43
  • Religious Priests : 16
  • Permanent Deacon (retired) : 1
  • Religious Sisters : 116
  • Religious Brothers : 10
  • Seminarians : 8