The Bishop


Rt. Rev. Sebastian Francis, D.D

Born: 11th November 1951
Ordained Priest: 28th July 1977
Appointed Bishop of Penang: 7th July 2012
Ordained Bishop: 20th August 2012
Installed Bishop: 20th August 2012
Office:   Pusat Keuskupan Katolik
290 Jalan Macalister, Tingkat 1, 10450 Pulau Pinang.
  +604 – 229 2742

The Coat-of-Arms of the RT. Rev. Sebastian Francis, D.D


Ecclesiastical heraldry dates back to the eleventh century, but Christian symbols were used as early as the second century. The use of ecclesiastical heraldry today fills a need for the stability of tradition and the mark of identity conferred by the deep and instant appeal of the beautiful picture language of the church.

The Coats of Arms denotes the general responsibilities and duties of bishops, the successors of the Apostles. It highlights the call to devote themselves to Prayer and Ministry of the Word (Acts 6:4).

The Ecclesial Hat and Tassels: The wide brimmed ecclesiastical hat or ‘galero’ together with six tassels, pendant on each side in green, indicate the rank of the Bishop in the Roman Catholic Church.

Colour of Shield: Red signifies magnanimity and fortitude, while blue signifies loyalty, chastity, strength and faith.

The Lamb of God: The Lamb of God is permanently depicted in the shield (Rev 5:9). It recalls the unconditional and vicarious sacrifice offered to procure salvation for all humanity. The victorious lamb rests on the Word of God. The Word and the Euhcarist will be the foundation of his Episcopal ministry.

An allusion is also made to the Bride of the Lamb (Rev 21:9). The local Church is the Bride and the bishop is the head of the local Church.

The Quiver of Arrows: Attribute to St Sebastian, the weapon used in his martyrdom. The quiver contains five arrows, representing the Gospel values of love, truth, sacrifice, beauty and freedom.

The Five Pointed Star: The five points of the stars represent the five states which made up the Diocese of Penang (Perlis, Kedah, Penang, Kelantan, Perak). The colour yellow depicts unity of the Faithful in these five states.

The Motto: ‘Fiat Voluntas Tua recalls the reply of the Blessed Virgin Mary when she was asked by the Archangel Gabriel to be the mother of Jesus Christ (Lk 1:38) and the disposition of Jesus while prayig in the Garden of Gethsemane (Lk 22:43).