SINGAPORE – Persona Christi, the youth drama ministry of Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, staged a play titled "Journey" to raise funds for the church canteen renovation fund. They raised $1,000 from the Saturday Aug 30 play at Montfort Secondary School Hall. About 200 people attended.
Persona Christi was formed in 2005 to produce plays for youth Masses and to help out with the parish’s Primary Catechesis with weekly drama performances. It also produces Good Friday plays and Christmas pageants.
The ministry started with only three persons, but now has 25 members who share the desire to use their talents to serve God through drama and acting.
Persona Christi staged its first performance, "The OT Cut" in 2006 and continued with "A Christmas Carol" the same year. In 2007, they staged the "Passion Play", "The Suicide Scene" and the Christmas children’s pageant of the parish. "Journey" is the group’s biggest production yet.
President of Persona Christi Gabriel Patrick said, "We would love to produce new productions annually to continue to bring glory and honour to God."
"Journey" is written by five of Persona Christi’s members and took five months to produce. It is set in ancient tribal Africa. Three brothers with distinct personalities, mindsets and different callings in life find their relationships marred by conflict, resentment and competitiveness as they compete for the coveted title of tribal chief. The story unfolds to highlight the struggles of finding the true meaning of love.
Spiritual Director of the ministry Father Henry Siew commended the members’ hard work and enthusiasm. "I applaud the themes and values they are trying to convey through the play," he said. "I am grateful to them for their goodwill and generosity. " - Joyce Gan