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KK Archdiocese gets its crest after 39 years

kk-crest-2016KOTA KINABALU –  Kota Kinabalu Archdiocese finally gets its own crest after 39 years.

The official crest was released on 21 Nov 2016.

The Archdiocesan Crest (‘the Crest’) is a graphic representation of the Archdiocese of Kota Kinabalu over which the Archbishop has been granted pastoral responsibility and authority. A consistent image (the Crest) creates a distinct and memorable identity that helps to establish authenticity and credible authority, and recognition for parishioners and communities, and helps form an efficient approach to communication.  In addition, when the Crest is used on posters, promotional materials or letterhead, it identifies the material and the event as archdiocesan-sanctioned.

The crest features three items, from top to bottom: the Greek Chi and Rho Christogram in red; an outline of Mt Kinabalu in blue; an Ark/Boat in brown.

chi-rothe Chi and Rho Christogram signifying CHRIST. Red signifies courage.


MOUNT KINABALU which rises above all, symbolizing the Local Church staying firm and overcoming the challenges of witnessing to the faith in a multi-cultural-religious society. Blue symbolizes calm and peace.

BOAT/ARK signifying the Sacred Vessel of the Church – the Archdiocesan community comprising  the archbishop, priests, religious and laity – carrying out her Mission and journeying together towards the Archdiocesan Pastoral Vision. The color Brown symbolises simplicity and humility.

It is therefore important that the Crest is used appropriately, consistently and in accordance with the Archdiocese’s publication guidelines. These guidelines will assist with the collective responsibility for maintaining the quality and integrity of the graphic image that is used, and also identify the instances in which the Crest is required, and those occasions when it is permitted to be used.

Please contact the Archdiocesan Secretariat by email ( to obtain a copy of the Crest for your use, or for more information.

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