As a single woman who cares for a healthy, independent parent, I attend weekly The Women to Ministry meetings that support women in their faith journeys.
My spiritual director once shared with me a request he asked in morning prayer: “Lord, show me how to love.” This request became the starting point not only of my day upon waking, but of how I wish to lead my life.
Mission means service. As a follower of Christ, it is to concretise the love of God in this world, share the joy of being a beloved child of God, and help others make that same connection: to fall in love with Jesus and live in an intimate and loving relationship with the Father.
Specifically, it involves using my gifts and talents to touch lives, bringing light and happiness to whoever I meet and wherever I go.
My ambitions were very different and I did not even know lay missionaries existed!
Sometimes, I still wonder whether the Lord made the right call as I would probably have supported the missions better as a lawyer. Yet it is my heart and availability that the Lord seeks.
In searching for meaning and purpose in life, I opened my heart to Jesus and experienced his love and joy. This encounter led to a friendship with the Lord.
Mission Srolanh, an annual medical mission trip to Cambodia, was initiated five years ago by a group of Catholic medical students from Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine (YLLSoM) and doctors from the Catholic Medical Guild of Singapore.
We believe in evangelisation through our actions – starting and ending our clinics in prayer.
For Mission Srolanh 2013, our identity as Catholic missionaries was strengthened.
She shared stories of how God is alive and working in our world, and about the marginalised in the remote areas in Indonesia. iCARE which is affliated to CHARIS Singapore, caters to the materially and spiritually needy there.
“We wanted to share the work and be part of the Church,” said Ms Tutang. This sense of unity and communion with the Church gives iCARE members a platform to share and undertake the mission of the Church.
Ms Tutang shared that in the past, she was afraid of losing her material wealth. But when she almost became bankrupt, she decided to follow the call of Jesus in her life.
With prayers and discernment, she began a new chapter filled with joy. Along the way, her trust that God would provide and not abandon her increased.
Through her personal encounter with God, she is returning to a path of joy that she had while growing up as a carefree spirit.
In all these years, the word “mission” has certainly developed and taken on a new meaning for me. It started off as a heroic adventure but as time went on, it became less and less about doing great things for people, as Jesus teaches us that it is more about having a great love for God and for people. “For no man can have greater love for his friends than to lay down his life for them” (Jn 15:13).
Fr Paul Goh Lian Kok SJ (Hong Kong)
Fr Emanuel Lim Hwan SJ (Macau)
Sr Elaine Seow (Taiwan)
Sr Su Fern Khoo San (San Francisco, USA)
Sr Jeanette Kong (San Francisco, USA)
Sr Monika Punan (Philippines)
Fr Noel Campos (Colombia)
Fr Michael Cheong (Philippines)
Canossian Daughters of Charity
Sr Anne Tan (Italy)
Sr Josephine Sim (Italy)
Sr Iris Jaswant (Italy)
Sr Mary Yong (France)
Sr Bridget Foo (Australia)
Sr Elizabeth Tham (Australia)
Sr Calista Ponnudurai (Tanzania)
Sr Catherine Wu (Hong Kong)
Sr Jacqueline Chin (Myanmar)
Sr Marion Liong (Myanmar)
Sr Angela Ng (Myanmar)
Daughters of St Paul
Sr Grace Lee (Hong Kong)
Sr Theresa Lim (Italy)
Fr Peter Koh (Italy)
Fr Anthony Lim (Taiwan)
of the Divine Motherhood
Sr Jacinto Kow (England)
Sr Andreina Chin (England)
Sr Sixtus Thariyan (England)
Sr Mary Holy Child de Cruz (England)
Sr Marie Elise Tay (England)
Sr Angeline Lim (England)
Sr Regina de Roza (Ireland)
Sisters of the Good Shepherd
Sr Margaret Lee (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Sr Juliana Lee (People’s Republic of China)
Sr Clare Lee (Vietnam)
Sr Susan Chia (Italy)
Missionaries of Charity Sisters
Sr Lee Fong (Kolkata, India)
Sr Shin Lei (Darwin, Australia)
Sr Peiling (Cebu, Philippines)
Sr Carmel (Hong Kong)
Sr Maria Toni (Hong Kong)
Sr Francisca (Washington, USA)
Sr Longinus (Taiwan)
Sr Maria of the Cross (Korea)
Sr Jovier (Perth, Australia)
Sr Tarcisius (Rome, Italy)]
Sr Amy Lee Siew Hwee (XiaoWei) (Philippines / Macau)
Sr Christine Lam (Philippines)
Articles submitted by the Office for the New Evangelisation
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