Conference to address issues such as what an authentic and integral development of S’pore would look like


Panel speakers at Caritas’ July 21 conference (from left):  Fr David Garcia, Mr Han Fook Kwang (The Straits Times), Mr John Lim (Ministry of Social and Family Development), Ms Teo Jin Lee (Agape Village Management Committee) and panel moderator Prof Tan Cheng Han.

Singapore might have developed rapidly economically, but has it matured as a cohesive society, especially when certain groups of persons are left out of the development equation?

What would a true, authentic and integral development of Singapore look like?

Caritas Singapore’s Social Mission Conference 2018, to be held at Catholic Junior College on July 21, aims to address this.

The keynote speaker is Cardinal Peter Turkson, head of the Vatican’s Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development.

He will speak on the Catholic Church’s teachings on integral human development where there is the physical, mental, social, economic, cultural and spiritual development of each individual.

He will elaborate on how people can develop in this manner so that their families, friends and communities can also benefit from it. From this, society as a whole, achieves true development together.

Cardinal Turkson will also challenge conference participants to see how they can put Church teachings into action, especially in the treatment of vulnerable groups such as the elderly, multi-stressed families and migrants.


Keynote speaker: Cardinal Peter Turkson.

Other conference speakers who will share from their work and life experiences include:

Archbishop William Goh; Dr Ng Kok Hoe, Assistant Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore; Dr Wong Sweet Fun, Chief Transformation Officer, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital and Yishun Health, National Healthcare Group (NHG); Mr Han Fook Kwang, Editor at Large, The Straits Times; and many others.

Participants can also join any of three breakout groups focusing on the elderly, migrants and families. These offer participants a closer look at these people and how they can be helped in their continued development.

The final segment of the conference features a panel presentation on how society, culture, the government and the Church are challenged to reach out in service; the structures and mindsets needed to include all persons in their development; and how through this inclusiveness, the whole society develops.

For more information and to register for the conference, visit www.caritas-singapore.org/smc2018


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