Parish Rector & Assistant Priest

Rector (2008-present)

Fr Cosmas Lee

Fr Cosmas Lee was born to Francis Lee Yit Khee and Francesca Wong Yu Moi on 31 of May, 1950 in Kota Kinabalu (then Jesselton).

He is the eldest child of nine boys and two girls. He entered Singapore’s St. Francis Xavier’s Minor Seminary in early 1968.

He went to Urbanian University in Rome to study Philosophy in 1971 and completed his Baccalauret in June 1973. In September of the same year, he went over to St. Joseph’s College, Mill Hill, London where he did a course with the Missionary Institute of London and completed it in June 1976 obtaining his BD, MA (Louvain).

He was ordained a deacon together with his classmates on 8tMay, 1976, before being ordained to the priesthood on 27tDecember, 1976.

Looking back

Assistant Priest (2021-present)

Fr Wilson Francis

Article below is adapted from Catholic Sabah’s report on Oct 26, 2021:

BUNDU TUHAN – His desire to be ordained as priest has now come to fruition. Although Wilson Francis’ ordination was postponed twice due to the pandemic, but the grace of God is with him always and now he got to be finally ordained by Archbishop John Wong at St Pius X Parish, Bundu Tuhan, Oct 25.

Fr Wilson Francis was ordained as priest in St Pius X Bundu Tuhan on Oct 25. (Pic: Catholic sabah)

The Presbysteral Ordination was held in a simple yet memorable ceremony with strict health SOP in place. Nevertheless, Fr Wilson, 31, said for him a simple celebration is not a shortcoming because “the heart of the celebration is the ordination ceremony itself.”

When asked about how he feels, he calmly said, “I am not nervous because I am ready to be ordained as a priest for God. After all, this is a gift from God.”

“I thank God for his guidance and his love.”

“He gave me difficult tests, but he also gave me the courage to overcome them.

“He gave me doubts and trials but also gave me the willpower to emerge from them,” expressed Fr Wilson.

To everyone who has been a part of his life and of this long journey, he said, “I wholeheartedly thank you. Every drop in the ocean counts, and I will never forget those who have helped me sail through troubled waters, for they are God-sent to help me.”

When Archbishop John Wong announced St Pius X Bundu Tuhan as the host of the celebration, parish priest Fr Michael Modoit and assistant Fr Tony Mojiwat, together with the FSIC religious sisters and the community have worked hard hand-in-hand making the celebration a memorable and meaningful one for Fr Wilson.

The number of attendees on that day was less than 200 people, including Bishop Julius Gitom and the Sandakan Diocesan clergy, priests from the KK Archdiocese and Keningau Diocese, religious sisters, representatives of St Simon Likas where Wilson did his pastoral immersion for 21 months, and the people of Bundu Tuhan themselves. Also present was Datuk Dr Jaina Sintian.

Bundu Tuhan, a fertile community for God’s call

Archbishop John Wong has made the decision to ordain Wilson Francis in line with Sabah entering its third phase of the COVID-19 National Recovery Plan.

On that morning, the prelate said, “Bundu Tuhan is a fertile community to heed for God’s call for vocations.

“This parish has produced a multitude number of priests and religious sisters, even a Bishop!” he said referring to Fr Julius Gitom (now Bishop) who was ordained in the same parish 32 years ago in Nov 19, 1989.

To the parish leaders and representatives as well as the lay people here, he said, “You must have been proud to see one of your local sons ordained as priest today,” and called them to continue to help Wilson in his priestly journey.

He also linked this event with the fruits of the missionaries’ efforts who set foot in Bundu Tuhan decades ago, like Brother Ben, “If Brother Ben is still alive, I believe today he will be smiling big,” said the prelate.

The Archbishop announced that Fr Wilson will continue to serve in St Simon Catholic Church Likas with parish priest Fr Cosmas Lee.

Wilson, one who served generously – Fr Cosmas Lee

“At St Simon Catholic Church Likas, we have been given responsibility and privilege to groom him towards the priestly life and ministry in his final ‘pastoral immersion’ since Jan 19, 2020. The immersion was intended to last about four months, but the pandemic has prolonged it to 21 months!

“I do not know anyone among leaders and parishioners who do not like Wilson, whom they have seen as one who serves generously with the loving and sacrificial Spirit of Christ, whether for the lowest or highest of tasks. He is ever-present whatever, whenever and wherever the occasion.

“I have previously been living alone for over 10 years in the parish. Until the pandemic lockdown, I did know how much God loved me until He sent Wilson to accompany me to see me through the pandemic in praying, celebrating the sacraments, reflecting and discussing on pastoral situations, learning about IT, sharing the endless errands and domestic chores, doing walks and even conquering Mt Kinabalu together.

“At my advancing age, I marvel how I could have survived without his partnership. Due to no fault of theirs, many find me harsh and forbidding, but Wilson does not seem to fear me.

“My sincere prayer is that he will remain open to correction and guidance, that he continues to learn and grow, more so now that he is an ordained priest,” said Fr Cosmas Lee.

10 thoughts on “Parish Rector & Assistant Priest

  1. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ. 💡💒💡
    Congratulations! God bless you… doing well 💒💒💒💒💒💒💒.

    May God be merciful and loving and bless you forever. ⛪💒
    To my dearest holy Father Cosmas Lee. 💕
    May your life be free of NO worry and NO fear instead, may you have Joy, Happiness, Good Health and Success all year.

    Send you some songs. Attached below herewith is a youtube
    1. Down on my knees By ;- Freddie Spires (Gospel “It’s been done”) (Hi all, thank you for all the positive feedback I
    am from South Africa (Johannesburg) please share this song).
    2. One day at a time (lyrics) By ;- Albert Ong (Originally sung by Meriam Bellina, lyrics are given here for easy singing of this lovely rendition).
    Happy listens ya hehe

    Amen, alleluia… Amen, alleluia… Amen, alleluia💡💡💡💡💡💡💡

  2. My dearest holy Father Cosmas Lee. 💕
    Rejoice today and be glad for God’s mercy upon your life!
    I wish you all the best and many more happy years to come.
    May God’s love, grace and mercy be with you today and always.
    Have a Blessed Birthday.

    Amen, alleluia…….

  3. Hello Father Cosmas,happy blessed easter my name is Eliza Gom you can call me Eliza and the church ⛪🙏😄 just now your doing the Easter Vigil was amazing and hilarious since you made us all laugh😂 and smile and thanks for being there for us to celebrate Easter Vigil and bless the eggs and the holy water may god bless you! I hope i can see you again Fr Cosmas 👋 😄

  4. “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, Bless His Holy Name.”
    Psalm 103:1

    Dear Father,
    Attached herewith is a youtube -10,000 Reasons – Song By Matt Redman – Ft. Steven Samuel Devassy (With Lyrics) which is now a very popular hymn song.
    Hope you can introduce it in the mass.
    Really appreciate it.
    God bless Father always doing well 💒💒💒💒💒💒💒. May God be merciful and loving and bless you forever 🌲⛪💒
    Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
    Amen, alleluia… Amen, alleluia… Amen, alleluia…….

  5. My dearest holy Father Cosmas Lee. 💕
    Congratulations! God bless you… doing well 💒💒💒💒💒💒💒. May God be merciful and loving and bless you forever 🌲⛪💒
    Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
    Amen, alleluia… Amen, alleluia… Amen, alleluia💡💡💡💡💡💡💡

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