Fr Damien Lim, Singapore’s first Opus Dei priest, celebrating his first Mass at Blessed Sacrament Church.

Fr Damien Lim, the first Singaporean member of Opus Dei to be ordained, celebrated his first Mass in Singapore on Jan 21.

A few hundred of his friends and relatives attended the 10 am celebration, held at the Blessed Sacrament Church, the parish where he was baptised when he was a university student.

Fr Damien, who is in his early 40s, celebrated the Mass with several other priests. They included Fr Avelino Marin, Vicar of Opus Dei in Southeast Asia, and Fr Anthony Hutjes, parish priest of Blessed Sacrament Church.

Towards the end of the Mass, Fr Damien shared some reflections on his vocation. “As a priest, I am a ‘breadwinner’ in the literal sense of the word. I have to give bread to the children of God,” he said.

He recalled with affection his late father, who was baptised in the last few days of his life, and also thanked his mother and siblings, present in the ceremony, to whom “I owe so much.”

Fr Damien concluded with a special petition: “Please pray that we priests will never get accustomed to celebrate the Holy Mass.”

Fr Damien obtained his engineering degree in Singapore and his MBA in Spain before leaving for Taiwan in 2003. There he developed his professional skills as an engineer, and collaborated in the apostolate organised by Opus Dei.

In 2007, he moved to Rome, where he studied theology at the University of the Holy Cross. He was ordained to the priesthood in May 2011 in Rome and spent a few months in Barcelona, Spain, before flying back to Singapore.

He is expected to be posted to Taiwan in the near future.

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