Cutting the cake to mark the 20th anniversary of the Cenacle Sisters in Singapore. From left: Ms Janet Ang, Sr Francisca Tan, Archbishop William Goh, Sr Linda Lizada, Sr Mel Benedictos, Sr Susay Valdez and
Fr Valerian Cheong.

By Clare Isabel Ee

More than 800 people celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Cenacle Sisters in Singapore at a gala dinner on Aug 26.

Archbishop William Goh and many who had benefitted from the Sisters’ work over the years attended the dinner which commemorated the Cenacle mission in Singapore.

“The work that we do – spiritual direction, spiritual accompaniment, retreats – are ones that are very quiet in our world today, where there’re so many goings-on,” said Sr Francisca Tan, the first Singaporean Cenacle Sister.

She thanked those in attendance for their support over the years, especially as the Sisters are now fundraising for a home.

Archbishop Goh highlighted the importance of the Sisters’ work in Singapore, explaining that it is integral to the vision and mission of the archdiocese to build a vibrant, evangelistic, missionary Church.

To aid in the fundraising effort, the dinner included an auction.

One of the paintings, sold for $20,000, was immediately donated back to the Sisters to be hung in their future home.

Currently, the Sisters are about halfway towards reaching their fundraising goal.

The Cenacle Sisters were founded in 1826 by St Thérèse Couderc and Fr Stephen Terme.

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