John Lee Hiong Fun-Yit Yaw

His Grace Most Rev. Datuk John Lee was born on 5 October 1933 in Jesselton, North Borneo (now Sabah). He was ordained a priest on 27 December 1964, and appointed Bishop of Kota Kinabalu on 30 March 1987. His episcopal ordination was on 26 June 1987. On 23 May 2008 he was appointed as Metropolitan Archbishop of Kota Kinabalu when the diocese was elevated to an archdiocese.[1] He was the president of the Malaysia-Singapore-Brunei Episcopal Commission for Family Life. He officially retired on 1 December 2012 and was succeeded by his successor Most Rev. Datuk John Wong Soo Kau who is now the current Archbishop.


John Lee

Archbishop Emeritus of Kota Kinabalu
SeeArchdiocese of Kota Kinabalu
Installed26 June 1987
Term ended1 December 2012
PredecessorSimon Michael Fung Kui Heong
SuccessorJohn Wong Soo Kau
Orders
Ordination27 December 1964
Consecration26 June 1987
Personal details
Birth nameJohn Lee Hiong Fun Yit Yaw
Born (1933-10-25) 25 October 1933 (age 86)
Jesselton, North Borneo
NationalityMalaysian
DenominationRoman Catholic
ResidenceArchbishop’s Residence, Mile 4.5, Jalan Penampang Lama
ProfessionDiocesan Priest
Coat of armsJohn Lee's coat of arms

Coat of armsEdit

THE CROSS

Aside from the white two-barred cross inside the shield, a bigger one in gold is placed behind the shield. It relates to the archbishop’s processional cross and the jurisdiction it symbolises. Besides being just a symbol of Christianity, the cross is to honour and remember the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This symbol reaches the very heart of Christianity, for whoever honours and venerates the Cross carries always on his body the way of dying of Jesus and shares the glory of his resurrection.

HAT AND TASSELS

These are traditional signs of the Church that reflect the Office of Metropolitan Archbishops of the Catholic Church. The intertwining of the cords that link the hat with the ten tassels is a reflection of the fact that the Local Church is closely united with the Universal Church, always in communion and in obedience to the Holy Father, the Pope. It is also a symbol of divine guidance and presence of the Holy Spirit within the Church in carrying out its mission in spreading the Gospel of peace.

THE PALLIUM

The pallium, a woollen vestment with six crosses worn over the shoulders, is a distinctive vestment of metropolitan archbishops and is displayed below the shield.

THE SHIELD

This forms the central part of the armorial bearings. The shield as a whole is symbolic of the need to always rely on the armour of God, carrying the shield of faith so that it can be used to put out the burning arrows of the evil one.

THE MOUNTAIN

The outline of Mt Kinabalu signifies the location of the Archdiocese of Kota Kinabalu in the State of Sabah in the Federation of Malaysia, since the mountain is one of the most outstanding landmarks of the state. For the People of God in the archdiocese, the mountain reminds them of Zion, the holy mountain where God has constituted Jesus Christ as the King. Happy are those who take shelter in Him, the Rock.

AI

This Chinese character meaning LOVE is drawn graphically into two parts. The upper part of the character illustrates the simple roof of a shepherd’s hut. Taking shelter below it, are the Blessed Virgin Mary and Child Jesus on the manger. It denotes firstly, the deep devotion of the archbishop for the Mother of God and our Mother and providentially, the archbishop was ordained at the beginning of the Marian Year of 1987.

Secondly, this word sums up the whole act of God’s LOVE for humanity expressed through the tender care of the mother for the child. The Church is like a mother constantly showing her love and mercy for the children of God through the administration of the Eucharist and the other sacraments. The Church also acts as a womb for the rebirth of people through the water of baptism, bringing about the birth of Jesus in the hearts of people.

MOTTO

The words: KASIHLAH SATU SAMA LAIN is adopted as the official motto of the archbishop who wishes to use this most important advice of the Good Shepherd to be a constant reminder to himself and his flock: the need to love one another as Jesus has loved us.

THE COLOURS

The green hat and tassels are the official colours used by the archbishop of an archdiocese. The green colour signifies the rich traditions and teachings of the Church kept alive by the Holy Spirit throughout the ages until the present time.

The red colour used on the outline of Mt Kinabalu reflects the stand taken by the Church to preach the Gospel with courage and boldness in all situations.

The dark blue used on the Chinese character LOVE is most appropriate for the word, since blue colour is often associated with peace and harmony. The lighter shade of blue shown around the Chinese word is the colour of the Blessed Mother.

The white colour of the Cross in the shield and on the background for Mt Kinabalu signifies purity in the hearts of Christians, the process of sanctification of people through the power of God while the gold colour of the Cross behind the shield signifies the glory that is to come for those who are faithful to the values of the Kingdom of God.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Erección de la Provincia Eclesiástica de Kota Kinabalu y nombramiento del primer Arzobispo Metropolita". Agenzia Fides. 3 June 2008. Archived from the original on 19 March 2012. Retrieved 21 April 2011.