1st batch of graduates from Mandarin Theology course
It was a joyful ceremony for 35 people who were the first to graduate with a Certificate in Theology in Mandarin from the Catholic Theological Institute of Singapore (CTIS).
In the presence of family, friends and more than a hundred guests, they received their certificates from Archbishop William Goh at the Catholic Centre on July 28.
Speaking in Mandarin to the group, Archbishop Goh noted that since Singapore is a multiracial country, with multiple cultures, religions and immigrant groups, Catholics as messengers of the Gospel must strive hard to meet the needs of the public.
If the people one wants to serve speaks Mandarin, then one has to equip oneself to speak in Mandarin, he said.
CTIS rector Fr James Yeo gave several reasons for studying at CTIS, which include learning to be able to evangelise more confidently and to better serve the Church with humility and commitment.
Graduating student Justin Lim commented, “For the Chinese community, this type of course is long overdue. In Hong Kong, such courses have long existed and the people there are more knowledgeable, spiritually advanced and more confident in evangelising. So having this course here is very timely.”
The 35 graduates had completed units such as Introduction to Christian Philosophy, Overview of Catholic Theology, Introduction to the Old Testament, Fundamental Moral Theology, Overview to Liturgy, and Academic Writing.
Currently, a second batch of students is taking the Certificate in Theology (Mandarin) at CTIS. They will complete their course in December.
Students who have graduated with the Certificate in Theology have the option to take up the Diploma in Theology course offered in Semester 1 next year, starting in January.
The next intake for the Certificate in Theology (Mandarin) course will be for Semester 1 in January 2017.
CTIS was established in 2013 to cater to the spiritual needs of the lay faithful by providing systematic faith formation, and to assist them in playing an active role in the New Evangelisation.
For more information on CTIS, visit http://www.ctis.sg