Vocations


BROTHERS OF ST GABRIEL Interested parties can contact the Vocation Director, Brothers of St Gabriel, St Gabriel’s Fraternity, Changi 14 Lor 105 Changi, Singapore 426509 Tel: 64978353. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CARMELITE FATHERS ORDER OF CARMELITES, DISCALCED Vocation Discernment Retreat. Date/Time: Wed, Aug 7, 4.30pm to Fri, Aug 9, 1pm. Venue: Carmelite Formation House, 203J Ponggol 17th Ave, Singapore 829729. Title: “It is your face, O Lord, that I seek” (Ps 27:8). Contact person: Fr Ferdinand Purnomo. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CONGREGATION OF THE MOST HOLY REDEEMER (REDEMPTORISTS) The discernment programme is an on-going one. Priests make themselves available to every individual aspirant who is interested in the Redemptorists for some quality one-to-one time of sharing and discernment. They are invited to contact the priests to arrange for a stay-in experience. Address: 11 Nallur Rd, Singapore 456610 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Fr Simon Pereira). Tel: 9476 2985, 6255 2133
"I am often asked, especially by young people, why I became a priest.  Maybe some of you would like to ask the same question.  Let me try briefly to reply.  I must begin by saying that it is impossible to explain entirely.  For it remains a mystery, even to myself.  How does one explain the ways of God?  Yet, I know that, at a certain point in my life, I became convinced that Christ was saying to me what he had said to thousands before me: 'Come, follow me!'  There was a clear sense that what I heard in my heart was no human voice, nor was it just an idea of my own.  Christ was calling me to serve him as a priest.
101.jpgA good head, a good heart, and good health are pre-requisites for those whishing to join the seminary, says Father William Goh, rector of St. Francis Xavier Major Seminary, in an interview with Daniel Tay of CatholicNews, to clarify the entry requirements for candidates to the seminary. 

Discernment process and entry requirements

The discernment of whether or not a person is called to the priestly vocation takes about one and a half years, said Father William. During this time, spiritual directors aid the aspirant in examining their real motives for wanting to join the priesthood.

Those with a calling undergo a purification of their real motives, and are encouraged to work in parish ministry to better understand parish life. The discernment process also includes a psychological test, and an eight-day silent retreat which helps aspirants to be more certain of their calling.