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SINGAPORE - Archbishop Nicholas Chia recently launched "Called & Chosen", a collection of the vocation stories of 17 local Diocesan priests. The book launch took place at the Saint Francis Xavier Major Seminary on Dec 3.

"Called & Chosen" is produced by the Serra Club of Singapore. The 17 stories tell of the personal struggles that each priest faced and how through the grace of God, these men came to fulfil God's will for them.

Archbishop Nicholas Chia (extreme right) blesses the launch of "Called and Chosen" on Dec 3. Photo by Victor Teh

The stories were put together through various means - by interviewing the priests, transcribing the stories as they were shared at prayer sessions to pray for more vocations or from materials supplied by the priest themselves. Among the stories told are those of "veteran" priests Archbishop Nicholas Chia, Msgr Francis Lau and Father Alfred Chan and newly ordained priests Fathers Valerian Cheong, Christopher Lee, Damian De Wind and Anthony Kenny Tan.

Serra Club of Singapore is distributing the book at parishes and schools where they hold Eucharistic Adoration for Vocations or prayers for vocations and at other vocation promotion events. They are also being sold in some parishes at $4 each.

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Other Serra Club programmes

SINGAPORE - "Friends of Serra Club" launched last year by the Serra Club of Singapore have in just six months recruited 1,000 Friends.

These Friends have pledged to pray a minimum of one hour every month in front of the Blessed Sacrament for more young men to answer the call to the priesthood, for seminarians and for priests.

Sean Yeo, (second from left in photo) President of Serra Club, said that "for next year, we have set a target to recruit 2,000 more Friends".

Those interested in becoming a Friend of Serra Club, may visit www.serrasingapore.org.

The Serra Club also has a programme to collaborate with parishes, Catholic schools and universities which wish to host an hour of "Eucharistic Adoration for Vocations".

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