The flower petals on the banner for the Conference are filled in with delegates’ names.
Photo by Beginning Experience Singapore

SINGAPORE – Beginning Experience (BE) Singapore hosted its first Asia Pacific Regional Board conference at the St. Francis Xavier Major Seminary and Marriage Encounter House last Oct 23-25.

BE Singapore is a 21-year-old peer ministry for the widowed, divorced, and separated individuals, to facilitate a resolution of grief surrounding the end of a marriage or relationship, so healing can take place. Its spiritual director is Canossian Sister Margaret Syn.

Conferences are held every two years and hosted by different teams in the region.

Themed “Sowing the Seeds”, the aim of the 2009 conference was to encourage some 70 delegates from Australia, New Zealand and Singapore to “be challenged, excited and inspired”. Delegates chose the workshops they wanted to work on in their lives, from topics including “How to be an Effective Wound Healer” and “Keeping Chaste after the Loss of a Spouse”.

Chairman for the Organising Committee APRB Regional Conference 2009 added that BE members from the United States and Australia, as well as priests and religious from the Singapore archdiocese also contributed their efforts as speakers at the Conference.

The Conference ended with Mass celebrated by Monsignor Eugene Vaz, and the next Conference will be hosted by Auckland in 2011.

The next BE Weekend will be held in March 2010. More information is available at
By Joyce Gan
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