Education Institutes

Many of these schools started out as church schools, initiated by parish priests who saw the need to provide some form of education for their young parishioners. The Catholic mission schools integrated missionary activity with providing an important social service, that is, the education of the young.

The contribution of Catholic schools to the development of education in Malaysia has been significant. Catholic mission schools were the pioneers in the field of education in Malaya’s pre-independence years. Many of these schools started out as church schools, initiated by parish priests who saw the need to provide some form of education for their young parishioners. The Catholic mission schools integrated missionary activity with providing an important social service, that is, the education of the young.

The beginning of mission schools in Malaysia can be traced back to the arrival of the La Salle Brothers and the Infant Jesus Sisters who landed on Penang island on 12 April 1852.  The first Catholic mission schools in Penang are St. Xavier’s Institution on Farquhar Street and the Infant Jesus Convent on Light Street.

Other religious congregations involved in education include the Canossian Sisters, the Marist Brothers, the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary and the Good Shepherd Sisters.

The Malaysian Catholic Education Council (MCEC) provides the official stand of the Church on issues related to education, carries out studies on educational matters affecting the Malaysian Catholic community, and, where necessary, takes action to resolve these matters by negotiation with the appropriate authorities.  It strives to develop and preserve an environment conducive to the mission of the Church in education in Malaysia, and to provide adequate opportunity for the wholesome education, formal and informal, of Catholics in the faith.  Another important function of the MCEC is to maintain contact and dialogue with other educational organisations. 

This is a web directory listing of educational institutes supported by the Penang Diocese

NOTE: All information are correct at the time of publishing – taken from the church directory of the current year, However, some of the information may be out-dated or incorrect (as from the church directory), so you are advised to always check with the schools for the details. Thank you.