The Archdiocese of Kota Kinabalu is an archdiocese of the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic Church in the State of Sabah in Malaysia on Borneo Island. It has an area of 4,993 sq km (1,928 sq miles). It is made up of many races–Kadazan, Dusun, Murut, Bajau, Chinese, Indian, Filipino, Timorese, etc–who live in peace and harmony most of the time. It comprises the Ecclesiastical Province of Kota Kinabalu with Kota Kinabalu as the metropolitan archdiocese, and the Dioceses of Keningau and Sandakan as suffragan sees. It has nineteen parishes with Sacred Heart Cathedral Kota Kinabalu as the seat of the archbishop.
The official Crest of the Archdiocese of Kota Kinabalu was released on 21 Nov 2016. Design by Fr Nicholas Stephen; explanation by Abp John Wong, Msgr Primus Jouil, Fr Bruno Yasun, Fr Nicholas Stephen, Fr Alex Sipanul, Fr Wilfred Atin. Edited by Fr Cosmas Lee.
The crest features three items, from top to bottom: the Greek Chi and Rho Christogram in red; an outline of Mount Kinabalu in blue; an Ark/Boat in brown.
CHI-RHO Christogram signifies CHRIST. Red signifies courage.
MOUNT KINABALU which rises above all, symbolising the local Church staying firm and overcoming the challenges tp the faith in a multi-cultural-religious society. Blue symbolises calm and peace.
BOAT/ARK signifying the Sacred Vessel of the Church – the archdiocesan community comprising the archbishop, priests, relgious and laity – carrying out her mission and journeying together towards the archdiocesan pastoral vision. Brown symbolises simplicity and humility.
A caring communion of Christ-centred communities journeying together in faith, hope and love, empowered by the Holy Spirit in the evangelising mission of building the Kingdom of God.
We, the family of God comprising laity, religious, priests and archbishop of the Archdiocese of Kota Kinabalu, in union with the Spirit of Christ, commit ourselves to:
an on-going personal and communal renewal,
a life of prayer nourished by the sacraments,
living the Word of God guided by the teachings of the Church,
unity in communities, respecting the values of the other faiths,
responsible stewardship of the environment as well as,
promotion of justice and peace.
To create a new people of God working together actively in response to the needs of the archdiocese.
We thank you for the process of renewal in our archdiocese and for calling us to an ongoing, personal and communal conversion. Your Spirit has led us to know the need, to pray always,
to commit ourselves to your Word,
to foster unity in our communities,
to care for the environment,
to promote peace and justice in society.
In this third millenium of your Son’s communion with us,
we ask you ever more fervently,
to send forth your Spirit
that we may continue to journey together as a family
in the faith, hope and love of Jesus Himself.
May the same Spirit empower us to continue the mission of Christ in the building of your Kingdom among us.
Together with Mary our Mother, we make this prayer through Jesus your Son who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.