Members of Roses of Peace (from second left, Ms Noor Hanisah Binte Noordin, Mr Wan Muhammad Fazlan Nordin and Mr Mohamed Irshad) presented Archbishop Goh with a ‘Letter of Peace’. Also in the photo are Mr Andre Ahchak, director of communications, Archbishop’s Office (far left); Msgr Philip Heng and Mr Gerald Kong from the Archdiocesan Catholic Council for Inter-religious Dialogue. Photo: VITA IMAGES.
By Christopher Khoo
Mr Mohamed Irshad, founder and president of the initiative, together with Mr Wan Muhammad Fazlan Nordin and Ms Noor Hanisah Binte Noordin, visited Archbishop Goh at his residence on April 2 and presented him with a “Letter of Peace to all Christians in Singapore”.
The letter, which was also emailed to Singapore Christian leaders including Catholic priests, conveys the group’s gratitude to “our beloved Christian friends, leaders, and members of the community who have sacrificed their time and energy to spread the message of love across the nation”.
The Singaporean Opus Dei group poses for a photo in St Peter’s Square.
Attending a special congress in Rome was also an opportunity to celebrate Holy Week with Pope Francis for several young Singaporeans active with the Opus Dei.
A group of 18 Singaporean students, led by Opus Dei Fr Joe Lopez, attended the UNIV Congress, held in late March.
The congress, started by St Josemaria Escriva, founder of the Opus Dei, in 1968, is an annual international university congress that takes place in Rome during Holy Week. It is part of a workshop that includes activities such as an audience with the pope, international get-togethers, social projects and historical tours of Rome, according to the congress’ website.
Participants of an AWAKEN retreat pose for a photo with Archbishop William Goh.
The last AWAKEN retreat will be held from June 14-17.
Organised by the Amplify Ministry, which is based at the Catholic Spirituality Centre (CSC), it is a Conversion Experience Retreat conducted by Archbishop William Goh for young adults, aged 18-25 years, to be awakened to the love of God.
The CSC, in a media release, said that the establishment of the Office for Young People (OYP) in November 2013 allowed the needs of young people to be met through its many programmes and retreats.
Led to the faith after passing of their son
William and Angie Lai said that the RCIA has given them a different perspective on life and that eveything is ‘all part of God’s plan.’
For William and Angie Lai, their RCIA journey was one of consolation and strength.
In March 2015, their son, Kenneth, passed away from sarcoma, a form of cancer, at the age of 26.
Mr Lai, 62, said that although his family were Buddhists at that time, his son had already been introduced to the Catholic faith by his girlfriend and peers.