SINGAPORE – Catholic and other Christian teachers from kindergartens, schools and polytechnics reflected on their vocation as educators at a retreat titled “Called to be Teacher” from Nov 28-30 at Montfort Centre (photo).

During the retreat, retreatants reflected on their respective calls to be a teacher and the journeys they have taken since responding.

Using the life of St. John Baptist de la Salle, patron saint of teachers, as a model, retreatants were also challenged to reflect on the inter-relationship of faith and teaching in their lives.

Retreatants found the weekend insightful and fulfilling. Many also felt it was good to remember God’s gift of their teaching vocation and to celebrate their work and lives.

For Elizabeth Teo, the weekend was good as it gave her time “to be with our Master who strengthens us to continue to persevere in the vocation to teach”.

Lillian Law summed up the retreat as “a source for thirst-quenching [and] soul-searching for burnt out teachers, especially at the end of the year”.

The Archdiocesan Commission for Catholic Schools and Catholic Teachers’ Movement co-organised the retreat, which is part of the Spiritual Wellness for Catholic Educators’ programme.

The next event is a Day of Prayer and Recollection themed “Called to Teach and Care” to be held from Mar 6-7.

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