Dr Timothy Lee (left) conducts the choir which comprises over 20 staff from Mount Alvernia Hospital. Photo by Daniel Tay
SINGAPORE – Over 20 doctors, nurses, managers and administrators have been spending the past six months practising together during their lunch hour on Wednesdays for a choral performance that will take place in the parish of St. Mary of the Angels on Sep 11.
The performance titled “Celebrating Simplicity” is the staff’s way of commemorating the 60 years of presence of Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Motherhood (FMDM) Sisters in Singapore. The FMDM founded Mount Alvernia Hospital, the only Catholic hospital in Singapore.
The Feast of Mount Alvernia falls on Sep 17. Mount Alvernia is where St. Francis of Assisi received the stigmata – bodily wounds in locations corresponding to the crucifixion wounds of Jesus. The FMDM Sisters will be celebrating their anniversary later on Oct 12, about one week after the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi on Oct 4.
The choir will sing 14 songs during the one-and-a-half-hour performance. Accompanied is a narration of the life and spiritual journey of St. Francis.
Neurosurgeon Dr Timothy Lee, 52, is the choir conductor.
Lesley Wee, Chief Operating Officer and Director of Nursing of the hospital, had gotten involved in the performance because “we want to evangelise to the people about Christ and get to know the community and [allow] the community to know us”.
Indeed, Sister Linda Sim, FMDM, who is the choir coordinator, told CatholicNews, “On this occasion, we hope to meet up with as many Mount Alvernia babies and families whom we were privileged to serve in our 60 years here... It has been 60 years of joyful service and we are humbled by the support of the benefactors, doctors and staff of Mount Alvernia Hospital and Assisi Hospice. I hope people will come as we need their support.”
Admission is free for the concert, and there will be a collection taken up for the palliative and hospice care services provided by Assisi Hospice.
By Daniel Tay