Pauline Sisters with (from left) Fr Edward Lim, Fr Valerian Cheong and Fr Terence Wee, and the St Damien Youth Choir performing during the Heavenly Voices Concert at the Church of the Risen Christ. PHOTOS: Vernon Leow of Vital ImagesPauline Sisters with (from left) Fr Edward Lim, Fr Valerian Cheong and Fr Terence Wee, and the St Damien Youth Choir performing during the Heavenly Voices Concert at the Church of the Risen Christ. PHOTOS: Vernon Leow of Vital Images
There were cheers all around as the Daughters of St Paul sang and danced at a concert held at the Church of the Risen Christ on Nov 14.

The delighted audience clapped as the nuns in habit swayed to the beat. At one point, the performers used glow sticks and smartphone lights, which soon had members of the audience doing the same.

These were just some of the fun highlights of the Heavenly Voices Concert attended by hundreds to celebrate the centennial of the Daughters of St Paul.

Another similar concert was held at the Church of Our Lady Perpetual Succour on Nov 13. Each concert attracted about 1,000 people.

Apart from the local nuns – Srs Wendy, Jocelyn, Karen and Theresa – Daughters of St Paul nuns from other countries also performed. They were Srs Tracey and Fay from the US, Srs Carmel and Mayan from the Philippines and Sr Roselyn from Kenya.

Sr Roselyn greeted the audience at the start of the concert with a loud African greeting that thrilled them.
The Pauline Sisters moving to the beat during one of their songs. The Pauline Sisters moving to the beat during one of their songs.

The opening item was an African song titled Jambo Bwana (Hello Friend). Other songs included a Chinese one titled Warmth, duetted by Sr Jocelyn and Carmelite Fr Edward Lim, and a Filipino song, Humayo’t Ihayag (Go and Proclaim).

A Samoan folk song, Minoi Minoi (Move Move), had the audience on their feet and dancing.

Fr Edward Lim, Fr Valerian Cheong and Redemptorist Fr Terence Wee also performed two songs together – Go Light Your World and Let Your Living Water Flow.

The St Damien Youth Choir from Blessed Sacrament Church accompanied the concert performers.

A centennial video on Blessed James Alberione and Venerable Mother Thecla Merlo, the founders of the Daughters of St Paul, was also screened.

One song, Angels Among Us, was dedicated to the victims of the Paris attacks on Nov 13.

“We would … like to pray for the angels that are helping the families of the victims who have been affected by the bombings,” said Sr Wendy Ooi, superior of the Daughters of St Paul in Singapore.

She said the concert was also to help her community raise funds for a new convent here.

By Jared Ng
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