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James Soon Cheong Chan, Malaysian Bishop. Ordained priest, Roman Catholic Church, 1959, bishop, 1973. Member Christian Federation of Malaysia (vice president).


Chan, James Soon Cheong was born on July 26, 1926 in Selama, Perak, West Malaysia. Son of Agatha Chin.


Student, Minor Seminary St. Francis Xavier, Singapore, 1950-1952; student, College General, Penang, 1953-1958.


Director, Catholic Information Svc., Penang, 1959-1973; assistant priest, Church of Seven Sorrows, Penang, 1959-1973; assistant priest, St. Francis Xavier's Church, Penang, 1965-1966; acting parish priest, St. Anne's Church, Bukit Mertajam, 1963-1964; finance assistant to Bishop Francis Chan, Penang, 1967; secretary to Bishop Gregory Yong, Penang, 1968-1970; parish priest, Holy Spirit Church, Penang, 1970-1973; general secretary, Catholic Bishops' Conference, 1975-1994; treasurer, Canadian Broadcasting Company-MSB, since 1975. President Penang Diocesan Liturgical Commission. Diocesan chaplain Eucharistic Crusade and Youht Christian Students' Movement.

Spiritual director Junior Curia of Legion of Mary. Member Diocesan College Consultors, Diocesan Finance Commission. Secretary Regional Catechetical communications of Malaysia and Singapore.

Episcopal chairman Peninsular Malaysian Catchal Commission, National Common for Social Communications. Presenter seminars in field.


  • Ordained priest, Roman Catholic Church, 1959, bishop, 1973.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Sing Your Praise to God, Living Our Faith, Books 1-6, A Christian Life, also curriculum materials. Contributor to magazine News & Views. Instrumental in the erection of various buildings, including Wisma Maria bank/office/hospital complex, dormitory for youths, Melaka-Johor Welfare Center, Plentong, multi-purpose halls, Cathedral of Sacred Heart of Jesus, Taman Tebrau, Johor Bahru, Church of Christ The King, Kulai, C. of St. Joseph, Plentong, C. of The Holy Spirit, Jasin, Church of St. Elizabeth, Kota Tinggi.


Member Christian Federation of Malaysia (vice president).


Agatha Chin. Chan