Singapore Canossian educators (seated, front and right) seen here with Italian school children.
Fifteen educators from the different Canossian education institutions in Singapore went on a two-week learning journey in Italy as part of the recent launch of the Canossian Education Charter.
The charter was launched on May 26 in Singapore and is to be used as an interpretation of the Canossian education charism, a reference resource in the formation of educators and as inspiration for curriculum design.
Canossians Srs Cecily Pavri and Geraldine Lim led the trip to Italy, which lasted from May 28 to June 11.
A message for Bible Sunday which falls on July 9 this year
By Sr Sandra Seow, FMVD
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1)
Divine Revelation as God’s self-revelation
Our Catholic faith is based on divine revelation. Before Vatican II, the concept of “revelation” was referred to as a list of truths which disclosed information about God. In Vatican II, however, our understanding of revelation evolved into God’s self-revelation in the person of Christ, who is the Word made flesh. Christ, the Eternal Word, comes to reveal the face of God to humanity as well as to invite each man and woman to enter into an intimate communion in the life of the Holy Trinity. 1
In fact, Christian faith springs from an encounter with Christ. When Jesus who is the Word of God speaks, He calls for openness on the part of the listener to respond to Him in faith by allowing Him to transform and orientate his/her life. As Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI wrote in Deus Caritas Est, “Being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon, and a decisive direction.” 2
Two Singaporean educators (right) observing students at the ecumenical Emmaus College
Eight principals and teachers from Singapore Catholic schools learnt how their Australian counterparts integrate the Catholic ethos in their schools’ curriculum and community during a study trip.
Two schools stood out in particular for the visitors during the June 4-10 trip to Brisbane and its outskirts, which was jointly organised by the Archdiocesan Commission for Catholic Schools (ACCS) and the Brisbane Catholic Education (BCE) office.
One of them was St Mark’s Primary School in Inala. It serves students of diverse ethnicities, and has a strong tradition of ministry to children and families from lower socio-economic groups.
Participants of the Finding God in Drama retreat taking part in a session.
Participants who attended a retreat fusing both prayer and drama said they experienced personal healing and a greater sense of their God-given identity.
“The retreat experience was like God’s light shining in the deepest parts of me, bringing out those parts which have been hidden in the shadows of myself, allowing me to see them through the eyes of God’s mercy,” said
Ms Lucy Tjhia from the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour,
Playing different Bible-related characters during the June 9-11 retreat was also a powerful journey of discovery for the nine participants. “Standing in another person’s shoes, I discovered myself,” said Ms Mary-Rose See from the Church of St Ignatius.