SINGAPORE – Jesuit Father Charles Sim will be going to Sydney to complete his ?nal phase of Jesuit formation, and thereafter to study for a Ph.D in the U.S.
His position as President of Family Life Society (FLS), a position he has held since 2005. The President of FLS has yet to be appointed by Archbishop Nicolas Chia. Bernard Yu was recently appointed Honorary Executive Director of FLS. Mr Yu is married with four children and sees his work at FLS as a mission rather than a job. He was recently appointed Honorary Executive Director of FLS.
“There is so much the Church can offer, and FLS has done a lot in the past few years to reach out to more families, parishes and schools,” Mr Yu said. “It is imperative that we continue to develop a close working relationship with our af?liates, volunteers and other church groups so that we can jointly ful?l a shared mission for the betterment of families in Singapore.”
Jerry Ow, manager of FLS, said the staff were happy to welcome Mr Yu and “we will give him our utmost support”.
Father Charles will be missed by the lay counsellors he trained. Isabel Chua, a volunteer lay counsellor at Church of Christ the King, said, “As a FLS volunteer, I bene?tted from the rigorous training organised for lay counsellors and was impressed with the scope of activities undertaken by the FLS under his charge. He will be missed by many of us.”
The change was announced at a FLS thanksgiving Mass cum luncheon on Dec 20 presided over by Archbishop Nicholas Chia. That day also saw the graduation of the second batch of volunteer lay counsellors who took a one-and-a-half-year basic FLS counselling course.
Plaques and tokens of appreciation were also awarded to the principal and students of Assumption English School. These students helped FLS design a computerised booking system.