“How can we be instruments of mercy according to the vocation we are in?” asked Archbishop William Goh, in his homily during the Principals’ Commissioning Mass on Jan 23.
More than 100 educators, principals, students, relatives and friends of the new principals attended the Mass, which was held in Montfort Secondary School.
The three new principals are: Fr (Dr) Adrian Danker, SJ, St Joseph’s Institution (SJI); Mrs Woo Soo Min, Maris Stella High School; and Ms Imelda Anthony, Magdalene’s Kindergarten.
In line with the message of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Archbishop Goh beckoned Catholic educators not to forget the needs of students who are spiritually and emotionally poor.
The St Francis Xavier Major Seminary has moved to its temporary premises at the Church of St Teresa, 510 Kampung Bahru.
The official move was made on Nov 30, 2015.
It was decided after careful considerations on the part of Archbishop William Goh and his team of advisors. The future formation of the seminarians and more efficient utilisation of Church resources for the archdiocese were some of the considerations.
The seminary year for 2016 officially began on Jan 15. This year also saw three new additions to the seminary community. Bringing the total number to 11 seminarians.
Classes are now held in the day at the classrooms of the Church of St Teresa and in the premises of the Catholic Theological Institute of Singapore (CTIS) at night. Seminarians, novices and postulants now attend classes alongside laypeople.
An academic conference on the papal document, Misericordiae Vultus (The Face of Mercy), the official proclamation of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy issued by Pope Francis, was held in Mandarin on Jan 17.
It was organised by The Catholic Theological Institute of Singapore (CTIS).
The conference, held at the institute, was attended by about 90 faculty members, graduates, students and guests. It focused on topics relating to the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis.
Speakers at the conference were Frs Valerian Cheong, Peter Zhang and Kenson Koh. Mr Samuel Ng, CEO of Montfort Care, was also a speaker.
Each speaker explored the theme of mercy from various perspectives.
During his session, Fr Valerian, who had his sharing translated into Mandarin simultaneously, cited several scripture passages to explain the biblical understanding of mercy.
A fundraising gala dinner for the building fund of the Church of the Transfiguration (COTT) was held at the Fairmont Ballroom on Jan 17.
About 1,700 Catholics came together to show their support by raising $827,180. The amount was raised through table sales for the dinner and an auction.
Among those who attended were guest-of-honour Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, Archbishop William Goh and Msgr Philip Heng.
In his speech, Archbishop Goh emphasised the shared responsibility of building God’s Church. He noted that although churches in Singapore are well attended, the costs of land rental and construction are high.