Archbishop Nicholas Chia has announced the transfer of several priests around the archdiocese. Four new parish priests have been appointed, including the new parish of Divine Mercy in Pasir Ris.
Father John Joseph Fenelon who is more popularly known as Father J. J., assistant priest at Church of Our Lady Star of the Sea will take over the helm as parish priest from Father Edward Lim. Father J. J. who was ordained in 1998 had served as assistant parish priest at the Church of St. Vincent de Paul and Church of the Holy Cross before arriving at the Star of the Sea parish where he has been for three-and-a-half years.
On taking over as parish priest, Father J. J. said, “It’s a challenge because you have to give vision to the parish; pastoral side also comes into play, and I have to think about how to build the people up into the kingdom of God.”
Father Edward Lim who has been parish priest of Church of our Lady Star of the Sea since September 2003 will leave for Church of the Holy Trinity where he will take over as parish priest. He had served at Church of the Holy Trinity 11 years ago, for seven years since 1998.
He tells Catholic News he is a “little worried because it’s a bigger parish with [fewer] priests” (since there will only be two priests) but added he is “happy to meet the parishioners again” though “I do not know what to expect because it’s been so long. I’m sure there’re lots of new people!”
Father William Lim, assistant priest at Church of Our Lady Queen of Peace since 2003 will move to Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary as parish priest. He who was ordained in 1990 and had served in Church of the Holy Cross and Church of St. Francis Xavier previously. He is also the Spiritual Director for the Archdiocesan Divine Mercy Apostolate (Singapore).
He had been with involved with many ministries in Queen of Peace and worked alongside some newly formed ministries such as Parish Vocation Team, Alpha programme, Small Christian Communities which he said are flourishing well.
On his new posting, he said, “I heard people telling me good things about IHM and its helpful people. It is encouraging. I hope to move on with them.”
Father Timothy Yeo, assistant priest at Church of the Holy Trinity since 2002 will be posted to Church of Our Lady Queen of Peace as assistant priest. Father Timothy is from the Neo-Catechumenal community which administers to the Mandarin-speaking community at Church of the Holy Trinity. He had also served at Church of the Christ the King.
Father Luke Fong, assistant priest at Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary since 2007 will move to Church of Our Lady Star of the Sea as assistant priest. He had previously served at St. Anne’s Church and Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour. In prior interviews with Catholic News, Father Luke who was ordained in 2001 said if he had not become a priest, he would own a French restaurant christened “Chez Luc”. Father Luke is also known to lead a healthy and active lifestyle and exercises regularly.
At the Immaculate Heart of Mary parish, Father Luke is involved in ministries involving missions, youth, Bible sharing, those who are divorced and single again, among others. Towards his transfer, he shared, “Man proposes, God disposes.”
Father Joseph Tan who is on sick leave will move out of Immaculate Heart of Mary parish to recuperate at home.
Father Johnson Fernandez, parish priest of Church of the Holy Trinity since September 2003 will take on the new appointment of parish priest at Church of the Divine Mercy (CDM) in November. Father Johnson is overseeing the construction of CDM. He has also served at Church of the Holy Family and Church of Christ the King a where he had overseen the church rebuilding as parish priest. He is the Managing Editor for CatholicNews.
Father Ignatius Yeo, assistant priest at Church of the Holy Family since 2007 will join Father Johnson at Church of Divine Mercy from November. Father Ignatius has a Licentiate in Sacred Theology (Sacramental/Liturgical Theology) and had studied in the Pontifical Liturgical Institute in Chicago, United States.
All appointments will take effect from Oct 1.
Fathers Johnson Fernandez and Ignatius Yeo will continue their ministry in their current parishes until the Church of Divine Mercy is completed and ready for occupation in mid-November 2009. -
By Darren Boon