SINGAPORE – More than 800 laypeople, Religious, priests and seminarians gathered at the Catholic Spirituality Centre (CSC) on Oct 7 to celebrate Archbishop Nicholas Chia’s 11th anniversary as archbishop.
During the Mass that he celebrated with five priests, he thanked God for His graces over the past 11 years.
Archbishop Chia also explained that he chose Oct 7, the Feast of the Holy Rosary, for his episcopal ordination date as Mary was “the one who understood the mystery of salvation” best.
He urged those present to pray the rosary, adding that it will help them appreciate their faith better during the Year of Faith.
During the celebration, CSC spiritual director Fr William Goh presented Archbishop Chia with a “spiritual bouquet” – a special card on which is written the kind of spiritual support that people have given him.
It includes 1,188 Masses, 1,844 rosary prayers, 433 Divine Mercy chaplets, fasting, prayer vigils and intercessions from CSC members and other Catholics.
Prior to the Mass, CSC members held an overnight prayer vigil from midnight on Saturday, Sept 30, to 5.30am the following day to pray for the Church and the archbishop’s intentions.
An hour of intercession for the archbishop was held just before the Mass.
The archbishop later cut a special cake marking his episcopal ordination and received congratulations from those present.
Contributed by CATHOLIC SPIRITUALITY CENTRE