Ipoh is the capital of Perak and is known to be one of the very historical places in Malaysia. It is home to the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes which has an equally historical story. The church’s humble beginnings started during the early 19th century. This was when the Catholic Mission was very much around Bagan Serai and Penang with 2 Indian parishes providing care for the Catholics.
The Tamil Catholics in Ipoh were under the care of the visiting missionary of St Michael’s Church in Ipoh then and in 1901, Fr Marie Henrie Sausseau came to Tapah to help with these works. With the expansion of the railway systems and more labour force numbers coming in, the number of Tamil Catholics in Ipoh increased from 150 to 300 very quickly.
A wooden place was used for worship which would then led to Fr. L.M. Duvelle seeking a new place to house a place for Indian Catholics to worship the Lord. Through several relentless efforts, the foundation stone for the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes was laid. Ever since then, the church never looked back and grew in numbers and size. Today, the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes continues to play an important role as the place of worship among catholics in Ipoh where it provides the location and the support services to help those in need, to engage them in prayer and in all other areas which can help them develop and be a walking testimony for the Lord.
Name: Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Ipoh
Address: 45, Jalan Silibin,
30100, Ipoh, Perak.