Archbishop William Goh joined the Marist Brothers in the cake cutting ceremony during the Aug 19 celebration. Also in the photo are Fr John Sim (third from left), Fr Henry Siew (fourth from left) and Fr Paul Tong (fifth from left).

By Jared Ng

“Br Joseph Dufresse Chang shows us the way we can live our own vocations with fidelity and perseverance,” said Archbishop William Goh.

He was speaking during a Mass marking a triple celebration of the Marist Brothers: Br Joseph’s 70th anniversary as a Religious, the 200th anniversary of the congregation and the blessing of the Marist Brothers’ newly renovated Catholic Kindergarten.

About 300 people attended the event on Aug 19. Among them were school staff of the kindergarten and Maris Stella High School, parents, alumni and students.

Archbishop Goh commended Br Joseph on his years of service in Catholic education and to his Religious community.

Archbishop Goh also reminded participants that in order for their vocation to be one of love and service, they must first have “a God experience.”

He said that this applied to all vocations and not just the Religious life – “marriages, parenthood and even at work,” he said.

He thanked the Marist Brothers for their contribution to the Catholic ethos of Maris Stella High School and noted that one important value students must have is respect for the elderly.

“Our Catholic schools need to set a good example of treating the elderly with care, love, respect and dignity,” he said.

Religious and priests too, he said, needed to be cared for and loved after retirement.

The celebration also saw Br Joseph renewing his Religious vows.

Br Joseph Dufresse Chang, who celebrated his 70th jubilee, renewing his Religious vows.

In his speech, Br Joseph thanked everyone for their well wishes and prayers and gave a summary of the ministries he has been involved in during his 70 years of service.

Archbishop Goh and concelebrants Fr Henry Siew and Fr John Sim then each blessed one level of the three-storey building.

After Mass, the Marist Brothers joined Archbishop Goh in cutting two cakes; one for Br Joseph’s milestone jubilee and the other for the 200th anniversary of their congregation.

Br Robert Teoh, provincial of the Marist Brothers in the East Asia province, thanked all those who supported the Brothers as well as the Marist schools.

He assured participants that the Marist Brothers would continue to strive for a better education for young people.

To end off the celebration, participants sang the Marist hymn to Mary. 

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