Obituary Notice: Rev Fr Joseph Gomez

19 June 2019   chan/MC/obit01/2019


Rev Fr Joseph Gomez

Born: 11.10.50
Ordained: 06.06.19
Departed: 18.06.19


Obituary Notice

It is with profound sorrow that we announce the passing of Rev. Fr Joseph Gomez on 18th of June 2019 in Tung Shin Hospital, Jalan Pudu, Kuala Lumpur.

Fr Joseph, aged 68 suffered a heart attack during the Clergy Recollection and was rushed to the hospital. Attempts to resuscitate him failed and he passed away shortly thereafter.

His sudden demise comes as a shock to the clergy and laity of the Archdiocese as Fr Gomez was barely two weeks into his priesthood, having recently been ordained by Most Reverend Julian Leow, Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur on 6th of June 2019 at Church of Divine Mercy, Shah Alam. Following his ordination, he was assigned as Assistant Parish Priest to Church of Divine Mercy and was enthusiastically looking forward to serving the parish.

Fr Joseph’s journey towards realising his dream of becoming a priest has been one of perseverance. After a short stint at College General Penang, he worked as a teacher in Kelantan before he read Sociology and Political Science at University Kebangsaan Malaysia. After graduation, he worked in an Insurance company for a year before leaving for the United Kingdom to further his studies in law at University of Kent in Canterbury.

During his stay in the UK, he also journeyed with the Jesuits. He also qualified as a teacher and taught religious education in both state comprehensive and public schools in the UK.

Fr Joseph returned to Malaysia in 2013 to pursue his dream of serving God through the priesthood.

After a short sojourn in Malacca Johore Diocese, he submitted in 2017, an application to join the priesthood and requested to be incardinated into the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur. Upon acceptance by Archbishop Julian Leow, he did pastoral work at the Church of the Sacred Heart, Jalan Peel, Church of St John Vianney, Tampin and Church of Divine Mercy Shah Alam. He was ordained a transitory deacon at Carmelite Monastery, Seremban on 1st of February 2019 and continued to serve at Church of Divine Mercy where his ordination took place.

The late Fr Joseph leaves behind his sisters Theresa Anbanathan, Julie Martin and Helen Monsauret, brothers-in law, 10 nephews and nieces, cousins and a host of relatives and friends to mourn his loss.


Details of the wake and funeral are as follows:

  1. Wake at Church of Sacred Heart, Jalan Peel:
  2. Wed, 19th of June
  • 6.00am Arrival of the body
  • 12.00noon Mass
  • 8.00pm Mass
  1. Thursday 20th of June
  • 6.15am Mass
  • 10.00am Body leaves for Church of Divine Mercy, Shah Alam
  1. Wake at Church of Divine Mercy, Shah Alam

Thursday, 20th of June

  • 1.00pm Mass
  • 8.30pm Mass

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Church of Divine Mercy, Shah Alam on Friday, 21st of June at 1.00pm and thence to Kajang Catholic Cemetery for burial.

His Grace Most Reverend Julian Leow, Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur and the clergy of the Archdiocese would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family of the late Fr Joseph Gomez in this time of loss and are united with them in fraternal prayer and support


Revd Fr Michael Chua

Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur
18th June 2019