Archbishop Nicholas Chia blesses the book “To Save a Thousand Souls” as Sean Yeo (in jacket), President of Serra Club of Singapore looks on.

Distributing a guide book on priesthood discernment and inviting its author, an expert in priestly formation to hold a retreat, were a slew of initiatives Serra Club of Singapore unveiled on its fifth anniversary to promote vocations to the diocesan priesthood.

It firstly launched the book “To Save a Thousand Souls”, a comprehensive guide to young men discerning the diocesan priestly vocation. The book is authored by American priest Fr Brett Brannen. [See box]

Each diocesan priest will receive two copies of the book – one for his own retention and the other as a gift to a young man discerning the priestly vocation.

Serra Club of Singapore which had obtained the sole rights to publish 1,000 copies of the book plans to distribute the books to seminarians, aspirants, Catholic secondary school boys and vocation promoters.

Fr William Goh, Rector, St Francis Xavier Major Seminary gave his thumbs up to the book: “I can assure you this is an excellent book for discerning your vocation. It is concise yet comprehensive, practical yet edifying.”

Fr Brannen will also be in Singapore from Sep 30-Oct 2 to conduct a vocation retreat for seminarians, aspirants and single young men from Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei considering the diocesan priesthood.

The retreat hopes to inspire the participants with a desire “to save a thousand souls”.

Serra Club marked its fifth anniversary with Archbishop Nicholas Chia celebrating Mass on Feb 10 at the Carmelite Chapel with over 100 people comprising priests, seminarians, aspirants, collaborators and the Carmelite Sisters.

Mr Yeo said that the organisation is thankful for the Lord for “all that has taken place” – inspiring Serra Club of Singapore in its vocation promotion initiatives as well as for the spiritual growth of its members through the various projects.

The first Serra Club was formed in Seattle in 1935. It is now an international movement aggregated to the Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education and the Pontifical Work for Priestly Vocations.

Today, Serra Club is present in Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Americas, and Africa.

By Darren Boon
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