Vocation Booklets

My Vocation Story

I was born on 15th December 1967. My parents wanted a name in line with the season, like Noel or Nicholas.

But, Mother Superior prayed and opened the book of names. Valerian was a minor Saint who saved the sacred vessels from persecution. I was named after him.

I had a happy childhood. My family lived in Marine Parade, so we spent time cycling and jogging along the beach. We attended mass at the Church of the Holy Family (CHF).
Our Loving Father, source of all goodness,
we turn to you with trust and confidence, following
your Son’s instruction to pray for more labourers
to bring in the harvest.

Bless your Church with families and communities
of faith and love, and from among them produce men
and women dedicated to a life of holiness and service.

Guide those you have called to discern your purpose
for them, and be willing to offer their lives to serve
you in Holy Orders and consecrated life.

We make this prayer through Christ, our Lord.

By St Therese of Lisieux

O Jesus,
I pray for your faithful and fervent priests;
for your unfaithful and tepid priests;
for your priests labouring at home or abroad in distant mission fields.
for your tempted priests;
for your lonely and desolate priests;
For your young priests;
for your dying priests;
for the souls of your priests in Purgatory.
But above all, I recommend to you the priests dearest to me:
the priest who baptised me;
the priests who absolved me from my sins;
the priests at whose Masses I assisted and
who gave me Your Body and Blood in Holy Communion;
the priests who taught and instructed me;
all the priests to whom I am indebted in any other way
O Jesus, keep them all close to your heart,
and bless them abundantly in time and in eternity.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The world we live in today is in crisis. Not only from the onslaught of natural disasters and terrorism but increasingly from a spiritual crisis. The loss of the sacred has led to self-idolatry, as seen by an increased emphasis on humanism, materialism and relativism. Sadly, even religion, which promotes peace and good will, is now used by some as an excuse for war. Hence, in this dizzying era of conflicting values that bombard us today, we need all the more to hear the distinct voice of the Good Shepherd who is “The Way, The Truth and The Life”.   

In the Gospel of John, Jesus describes the intimate relationship He has with His flock: “My sheep listen to my voice… I know them and they follow me.” He also tells us of His deep desire for other sheep to hear His voice and follow Him. This implies the evangelizing mission of Christ’s followers; we are called to make Jesus known and loved by others. Indeed, evangelization is a grace and vocation proper to the Church. It is Her deepest identity. And with the speed at which amorality and apathy is progressing, the need to proclaim the Good News of Christ is even more urgent today.