Father Peter Zhang will be leaving Singapore on Jan 3, 2006 for a Pastoral Leadership course in the Philippines which lasts for three months. He will then travel to Rome for further studies in Moral Theology on the instruction of the Congregation of the Disciples of the Lord, to which he belongs.
He came to Singapore nine years ago for his priestly formation in the St. Francis Xavier Major Seminary. He served his diaconate in the Church of the Holy Spirit where he was ordained on Oct 26, 2003. He has been serving in St. Anne's Church as an assistant priest since January 2004.
The Congregation of the Disciples of the Lord was founded in 1931 in Chahar Province, China, by Cardinal Celson Costantini. The cardinal was appointed by Pope Pius XI as the first delegate of the Holy See in China in 1922.
The congregation has a special commitment to evangelise the Chinese people, both in China and in other countries. Its main work is concentrated on the higher cultural and educational level of missions and requires priests who are not only holy but highly educated.