The evening began with an AGM's election of CMG's office bearers where Dr John Hui was elected as the Master and Dr Sally Ho as Deputy master. A Thanksgiving mass was then celebrated before the fellowship officially began with Dr John Hui who invited his fellow Catholic medical practitioners to renew their commitment to serve God through their profession.
Friar John-Paul Tan, ofm, then gave a lecture on "John Paul II, the Catholic Doctor, and the Culture of Life". This annual lecture, now in its fourth year, was instituted to honour Father Edmund Dunne, CMG's former chaplain, who died last Oct 7.
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Friar John-Paul spoke of how human liberty and human dignity are essential to a fuller understanding of the sanctity of life and exhorted all to "carry on this sacred mandate... given to us at the dawn of creation to become stewards and not masters of life."
A representative of the Archdiocesan Crisis Coordination Team (ACCT) used the occasion to appeal for doctors to join the Habitat for Humanity team as they might be needed for Sri Lanka and Aceh projects.
Dr John Lee, past Master of CMG, then told those present of mission trips to Myanmar, Cambodia, East Timor and Indonesia where projects are in place to set up clinics, build hospitals and to re-establish tsunami affected areas. He urged all to donate "your time, your money, yourself" and concluded on a hopeful note, "It's still a long way but we know if the spirit is willing, the money will come in".