St. Thomas's Cathedral Kuching

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150 Years of The Anglican Church In Borneo


William Howell was born in Labuan, and left at the Mission School when his father, a mining engineer, moved elsewhere to find work. The lad was baptised at St. Thomas in 1866, at the age of ten. In 1874 he was taken to England by Bishop Chambers, who placed him in St. Augustine’s College at Canterbury.

Howell returned to Sarawak in 1878, and was posted to Banting. He was ordained deacon in 1882 and priest in 1883. From Banting he moved upriver to Sabu, where he started his lifelong ministry to the Iban of the Batang Lupar basin; like Zehnder, he never had overseas leave, only the occasional few months in Singapore. In the later years, newly arrived missionaries were taken to Sabu to be introduced to the Rev. Howell, a famous pillar of the Church in Borneo. He retired in 1928, and died in 1938, aged 82 and was survived by his wife, Sanan ak Nyandang and nine children.

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Daily Services in The Cathedral

Morning Services   6.15 a.m. Except on Wednesday
  6.30 a.m. Wednesday
Holy Communion   6.30 a.m. Except on Wednesday
  5.30 p.m. Wednesday
Evening Services   4.00 p.m. Except on Wed. and Sat.
  5.00 p.m. Wednesday
Sunday Services   6.45 a.m. Holy Communion in English
  8.15 a.m. Solemn Liturgy in English*
  10:00 a.m. Holy Communion in Chinese
  5:30 p.m. Evensong in English with Sermon and Holy Communion
  • In Bahasa Malaysia on 2nd & 4th Sunday of the month at the Parish Hall.
  • In Iban on 1st & 3rd Sunday of the month at the Parish Hall.

Parish Office Hours

Monday to Friday   8.30 a.m - 4.30p.m
Saturday   8.30 a.m - 12.30 p.m
Sundays and Public Holidays   Closed
Prayer Meetings Clergy (every Friday)   9.00 a.m - 10.00 a.m

Infant Baptism

  • In English : 1st Sunday of the month
  • In Iban : 3rd Sunday of the month
  • In Chinese : 4th Sunday of the month