Cornelius Sim

Cornelius Sim DD[1] (16 September 1951 – 29 May 2021) was a prelate of the Catholic Church who served as Vicar Apostolic of Brunei from 2004 until his death. He had previously served as the apostolic prefect of Brunei from 1997 to 2004.

Catholic bishop

Cornelius Sim
Vicar Apostolic of Brunei

Sim during his homily.
See Brunei Darussalam
Installed 21 January 2005
Term ended 29 May 2021
Other post(s)
Ordination 26 November 1989
by Anthony Lee Kok Hin
Consecration 21 January 2005
by Salvatore Pennacchio
Created cardinal 28 November 2020
by Pope Francis
Rank Cardinal priest
Personal details
Birth name Cornelius Sim
Born (1951-09-16)16 September 1951
Seria, Belait, Brunei
Died 29 May 2021(2021-05-29) (aged 69)
Taoyuan, Taiwan
Denomination Roman Catholic
Previous post(s)
Alma mater
Motto Duc in altum
(‘Put out into the deep’; Luke 5:4)
Styles of
Cornelius Sim
Reference style His Eminence
Spoken style Your Eminence
Informal style Cardinal

Sim was the first graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville priestly discernment program to be ordained to the priesthood. Pope Francis raised him to the rank of a cardinal on 28 November 2020, making him the first cardinal from the country, and from the island of Borneo.

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Sim was born in Seria, Brunei, on 16 September 1951. He was the eldest of six children of Lawrence Sim and Monica Yeo,[3] and his grandparents were the first Catholics in their village.[4] He was of Chinese and Dusunic descent.[5] He was raised a Catholic and educated in Catholic schools, but practised his faith less as he reached adulthood.[6][7]

Sim earned an engineering degree from Dundee University in Scotland.[8] After this he stopped practising his faith.[3][7] He worked in utilities operations of Brunei LNG, a joint-venture between the Bruneian government, Royal Dutch Shell and Mitsubishi,[9] from 1978 to 1985; he spent some of these years working abroad.[10] Returning to Brunei, he rediscovered his Catholic faith and grew close to a charismatic group that downplayed doctrine and emphasized personal relationships with God.[6] He earned a master’s degree in theology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, in 1988.[8][11][12] He returned to Brunei in 1988 and served as an administrator in St John’s Church, Kuala Belait until his ordination as deacon on 28 May 1989.[11]

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