To All Parishes, Organizations in Archdiocese of Singapore
Please be advised that one Stephanie Kathleen Culhane was mentioned in a Memorandum dated 3 June 2009 from the Diocese of San Bernardino that she uses the name Sister Stephen Culhane and had been soliciting donations and loans for her "mission" in the region. Some of the loans had been for tens of thousands of dollars. Ms. Culhane had told people that she is a Franciscan sister and regularly dresses like a member of the Franciscan Order.
The Memorandum also stated that at that time, the Diocese of San Bernardino had no evidence that she was a member of any order of women religious that was recognized by the Roman Catholic Church.
Chancery had emailed the Office of the Chancellor, Diocese of San Bernardino and had received a reply that to-date, there have not been any changes to the status of Stephanie Kathleen Culhane.
Recently, Sr Stephen Culhane contacted the Archdiocese of Singapore identifying herself as a Franciscan missionary and foundress of The Fellowship of the Burning Bush. She was requesting to bring the group to Singapore as part of their international pilgrimage with an all-night vigil at one of our parishes and with mass.
Owing to the currently status of Ms. Culhane and The Fellowship of the Burning Bush, the Archdiocese is not able to accede to her request for the use of a church nor to support her fundraising efforts.
Please contact Chancery should the group or Sr Stephen Culhane approach any of the parishes or organizations with any requests.
Thank you once again for your cooperation and vigilance for the welfare of our people.
Please disseminate this information as you deem necessary.
Fr. John-Paul Tan OFM, JCL, Chancellor
Chancery of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Singapore
#07-01 Catholic Centre, 55 Waterloo Street, Singapore 187954