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Ranau sits 108 km (67 mi) east of Kota Kinabalu and 227 km (141 mi) west of Sandakan. Situated in the West Coast division of Sabah, the hilly district of Ranau is located 1, 176 meters above sea level. It is inhabited by an almost entirely Dusun ethnic community and is on the highway connecting Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan. Just 20 kilometers away from Kinabalu Park, it is one of the gateways to the National Park, Poring Hot Springs, and Sabah Tea Garden.  Ranau’s diverse flora ranges from rich tropical lowland and hill rainforest to tropical mountain, sub-alpine forest and scrub on the higher elevations and particularly abundant in species with examples of flora from as far as China, Australia and the Himalayas, as well as pan-tropical flora.

Kinabalu Park has been recognised by UNESCO as a Centre of Plant Diversity for Southeast Asia.  In December 2000, the Kinabalu Park was designated by UNESCO as Malaysia’s first World Heritage Site.

Ranau was home to the largest mining project in Malaysia, the Mamut Copper Mine, before it ceased operations in 1999.  At the peak of its mining activity, Ranau was transformed into a thriving township. The mining company constructed the Ranau Bridge across Liwagu River, the Ranau Golf Course, and also made donations to school building funds, buses, and bus shelters.

Kundasang, home of Mount Kinabalu lies in Ranau. Ranau was also the terminus of the notorious Sandakan Death March during the World War II. The Kundasang War Memorial serves to commemorate the sacrifices and bravery of the fallen heroes.

The Catholic community began in 1952 under Bundu Tuhan.  St Benedict School was opened in 1963.  The first church was built in 1968.  It was renovated in 1985.  The convent was built in 1991 and renovated in 2000.  The present rectory was built in 1993.  The chapel was built in 1994.  The present church was built in 2000.  It was designated as one of the Holy Doors during the Jubilee Year of Mercy (8 Dec 2015-20 Nov 2016).



Sr Lilian Unsoh fsic (professed 1980)
Sr Marysia Angku fsic (professed 1994)
Sr Clara Orow fsic (professed 1995)
Fr Jalius Sading (ordained 2001)
Fr Wilfred Atin (ordained 2005)
Sr Noemi Mejia fsic (professed 2008)
Sr Jeromie Pejunis fsic (professed 2008)
Fr Postinus Kurup (ordained 2011)
Fr Jack Jojimi Sigam (ordained 2014)
Fr Abel Madisang (ordained 2015)

Outstation Chapels (5 Zones)
St Cornelius Kiwawoi
St Didymus Toboh Baru
St Mary Manantanga
St John Tambiau
St Maria Ruhukon
St Augustine Kibbas
St Martha Kauluan
St Mary Tiang Lama
St Joan Langut
St Jude Maukab
St Joseph Randagong
St Charles Kandawayon
St Fredoline Gaur
St Joseph Napong
St Dominic Langsat
St Geoffrey Waluhu
Kg Lutut
St Victor Bongkud
St Cornelius Kinasaraban Baru
St Francis of Assisi Kinorotuan
Kg Sodul
St Bede Kokob Baru
St Joannes Marakau
St Martin Singgaron
St Paul Kantas
Kg Karagasan
St Cornelius Lobou Lama
St Stanislaus Tibabar
Kg Togop Darat
Kg Pinawantai
St David Lobou Timbua
St Patrick Lobou Baru
St Gabriel Perancangan
St Benedict Tumbalang
St Vitalis Nalumad
St Joseph Panulungon
St Petrus Paus
Kg Bitoon
St Henry Tampios
St Anthanius Toupos
St Anthony Nunuk Ragang
St Patrick Soborong
St Peter Paginatan
St Fidelis Lungkidau
Kg Ssegindai
St Mary Minihas
St Edwin Maringkan/Belisok
St Bruno Mindohuon
St Joseph Kebu Baru

Pastors Past & Present
Fr Terpstra mhm 1925-1956
Fr Lampe mhm 1925-1956
Fr Putman mhm 1925-1956
Fr Roetenberg mhm 1956-1962
Fr Frank Cowan mhm 1956-1962
Fr Jan van der Salm mhm 1964-1976, 1979-1981
Fr J Oostdijck mhm 1964-1965
Fr Haas mhm 1965-1966
Fr Herman Saraber mhm 1966-1967
Fr John Rooney mhm 1967-1970
Fr A Wenker mhm 1970
Fr Augustine Amandus 1976-1979
Fr William Poilis 1979-1980
Fr Benjamin Basintal 1980-1983
Fr Cornelius Piong 1981-1987
Fr Joseph Liansim 1983-1987
Fr Bede Anthonius 1987-1993
Fr Boniface Kimsin 1991
Fr Bruno Yasun 1994-1995, 2006-2014
Fr Alex Jimsy Julius 1996-1998
Fr David Sham 1993-2001
Fr Aloysius Fidelis 2001
Fr Tony Mojiwat 2001-2003
Fr Fundes Motiung 2001-2002
Fr Francis Tsen 2010
Fr Nicholas Stephen 2014
Fr Florian Marcus 2014-2017
Fr Daniel Jamilong
Fr Maxmillianno Hontor 16 May 2020

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Address: P.O. Box 312,
89308 Ranau Sabah

Tel: 088-875250
Fax: 088-876250

Parish Priest : Fr Nicholas Stephen
Asst Parish Priests: Fr Francis Tsen
Fr Daniel Jamilong, Fr Maxmillianno Hontor

PCC Chairperson: Mr Verus Pinol

Masses available:
Sat: 6:00pm (BM)
Sun: 8:00am (KD)
10:15 am (BM)

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