“It’s a great start for new friendships and to find ‘community’ overseas!”
This was the comment that Ms Kristin Hoo, a participant of a camp for Catholics studying overseas, made after attending the Aug 2 event.
She added that she was “very thankful and glad to have met fellow UK-bound Catholics”.
The 26-year-old, who is set to study law at the University of Bristol, was one of 28 students who attended the one-day camp organised by the Catholic Students’ Overseas Community (CSOC).
The event was held at the Church of St Ignatius.
CSOC, which started about a year ago, aims to provide a network of fellowship and spiritual support for local students studying overseas.
The recent camp, titled Lumen Fidei (Light of Faith) after Pope Francis’ encyclical, saw participants learning how their faith can guide them as they embark on their university studies in countries such as the United Kingdom, United States and Japan.
Carmelite Fr Edward Lim spoke on the spirituality of the Eucharist and the role of the Virgin Mary. Mr Jeremy Chai, a final-year medical student, shared tips on how to conduct apologetics as students going overseas may be challenged on their Catholic beliefs.
Participants also shared ideas on what they could say to their friends when asked questions such as why Catholics attend Mass every Sunday.
Participants also built friendships as they competed in groups to construct the tallest structure out of newspaper, and played the word-guessing game of Taboo, using saints and biblical characters.
CSOC president Celeste Wee says the community hopes to expand further and provide more opportunities for its members to grow in faith.
This is the second event organised by CSOC. Last year, the society held a two-day, one-night camp, called Camp Fidelis.
According to CSOC, its Facebook group now has over 160 members.
For more information on CSOC, visit http://csocsingapore.wordpress.com/