Father Timothy Radcliffe giving his talk at St. Patrick’s School. Photo by Don Gurugay

SINGAPORE – The Archdiocesan Commission for Catholic Schools (ACCS), whose mission is to “assist Catholic schools in developing whole persons for God in society”, is embarking on a larger number of events for 2010, as compared to previous years.

There will be a total of 27 workshops, formation programmes, retreats and general events lined up – almost double the 14 events in 2009 – chosen and organised on the basis of feedback received from educators and members of the Catholic faithful.

Amongst the firsts in 2010 is an Evening of Prayer by the Prior of Taize, Brother Alois, scheduled for Friday Jan 29 at the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd. Executive Director of ACCS Wendy Louis says this was in response to the need for encouraging young teachers and older students up to a tertiary level, on the importance of prayers, something which was, at times, put on the “backburner”.

Communio gatherings – exchange and dialogue amongst educators – on a topic chosen by educators themselves, will continue mostly on Fridays through 2010, with topics including “Chaplaincy”, “Sharing a Common Vision”, and “Caring for the Environment”. Attendances at these gatherings averaged 40 and reached 100 for the last Communio with Father Timothy Radcliffe, in 2009.

Formation programmes for educators will continue with topics on moral theology, social teaching, and salvation history, conducted mostly by Monsignor Eugene Vaz, Father David Garcia, OP, Brother Collin Wee, Wendy Louis and Sister Mary Soh, as well as four spiritual retreats to be organised through the year, conducted by Monsignor Vaz, Father Aloysius Ong, and the Life Direction Team.

In addition, ACCS’s designed workshop, the Civics and Moral Education for Catholic Schools (CMECS) will run eight workshops for teachers and principals in 2010.

There will also be a reiteration on the importance of Chaplaincy teams comprising lay, religious or clerical persons who minister to a school community, with a “Communio” session to be held on Feb 26, and a four-day training programme for potential Chaplaincy team members from Aug 23. ACCS also hopes for more people to serve in these areas.

More information on ACCS is available online at its new website www.accs.sg and blog www.accs-communion.blogspot.com; its Facebook will be ready in the first quarter of 2010.
By Don Gurugay

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