Bishops Details

Rt. Rev. Dato Sebastian Francis,DD



No 290 Jalan Macalister,
10450 Pulau Pinang

Penang Island
1 Bell Road
10350 Penang
Pusat Keuskupan Katolik

Mainland: St Anne’s Church
Bukit Martajam

St Anne’s Church
Bukit Mertajam

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Telephone : 04-2292742/04-2292761,04-2285671
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Brief History

Rt. Rev Sebastian Francis, D.D., is the 5th and current Roman Catholic Bishop of the Penang. He was appointed by the Vatican on 7 July 2012.

Early Life
Sebastian Francis was born on 11 November 1951 in Johor Bahru, Johor which was then a part of the Federation of Malaya. From the year 1967 to 1970, he joined the St. Francis Xavier's Minor Seminary in Singapore, before enrolling into College General, Penang from 1972 to 1976. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Malacca-Johor on 28 July 1977.

From 1981 to 1983, Rt. Rev Sebastian Francis obtained a Licentiate in Dogmatic Theology from the University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, Italy. He also studied at the Maryknoll School of Theology in New York, United States where he obtained a Degree in Justice and Peace in 1991. He has also served as a Spiritual Director and formator in College General from 1991 to 1998.

In the year 2003, Rt. Rev Sebastian Francis was appointed as Vicar general for the Diocese of Malacca-Johor, a position which he served until his appointment as the Bishop of Penang in 2012.

Appointment as Bishop
On 7 July 2012, the Vatican appointed Msgr Sebastian Francis as the 5th Bishop of Penang. He succeeds Bishop Emeritus Antony Selvanayagam, whose resignation was accepted by the Pope.

The Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Green Lane, Penang is the seat of Bishop Sebastian, and the cathedral for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Penang.

The Episcopal Ordination of Bishop Sebastian Francis was held on 20 August 2012 at St. Anne's Church in Bukit Mertajam, Penang. His principal consecrator was the Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur, Archbishop Emeritus Murphy Pakiam.

His co-consecrators were Bishop Emeritus Antony Selvanayagam, his predecessor and Bishop Emeritus Paul Tan Chee Ing from his former Diocese of Malacca-Johor. The event was witnessed by 10,000 Catholics and attended by the Chief Minister of Penang, Lim Guan.


  • Approximate total population : 8,546,000
  • Estimate Catholic population : 58,611
  • Baptism: Infants (under 7 years) : 433
  • Adults : 240
  • Edifices: Parishes : 29
  • Chapels : 28
  • Mass Centres : 41
  • Personel: Bishop : 1
  • Bishop Emeritus : 1
  • Vicars General : 3
  • Diocesan Priests : 45
  • Religious Priests : 10
  • Permanent Deacon : 4
  • Religious Sisters : 67
  • Religious Brothers : 6
  • Hermit : 1
  • Seminarians : 7