JULY 28, 2013, Vol 63, No 15

Archbishop Joseph Marino (front row, centre) poses for a photo with archbishops and bishops from Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei. Photo: FRANCIS GOPAArchbishop Joseph Marino (front row, centre) poses for a photo with archbishops and bishops from Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei. Photo: FRANCIS GOPA
PLENTONG, JOHOR – In his short time in the region, the first resident Apostolic Nuncio to Malaysia says he has discovered a Church that is vibrant, possesses a deep missionary spirit and in solidarity with poorer Churches around the world.

Archbishop Joseph Marino, who is also Apostolic Delegate to Brunei, made these remarks at the 92nd Plenary Session of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei. Fourteen archbishops and bishops attended the July 8-11 meeting held at Majodi Centre in Plentong, Johor.

“It is the ministry of the nuncio to work for the people of the nation to which he is assigned,” he said in his maiden address to the bishops’ conference, adding that his work is to ensure the pastoral care and spiritual growth of Catholics.

In some situations, Archbishop Marino said, the nuncio must intervene directly with governments in order to protect the rights of people when they are ignored or violated.
FOCUS members speaking (above) and praying with representatives of Singapore campus ministries.FOCUS members speaking (above) and praying with representatives of Singapore campus ministries.A United States Catholic campus ministry shared with Singapore campus ministries that developing one-on-one personal relationships is key to ministry growth.

Mr Robert Froeschl from the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) spoke to 20 representatives from the various tertiary campus ministries on July 13 at the Catholic Archdiocesan Youth Centre.

The event was organised by Living Stones Campus Outreach. Several other members from FOCUS were also present. The group is visiting Singapore and Malaysia this year as part of its yearly mission trips to share their ministry experience.

Student leaders pose for a photo with Archbishop Emeritus Nicholas Chia after the July 12 ceremony.Student leaders pose for a photo with Archbishop Emeritus Nicholas Chia after the July 12 ceremony.

Servant leaders “do not seek to stand out and be in the limelight” but “help their teams to grow, oftentimes in an unseen way”.

Archbishop Emeritus Nicholas Chia gave these words of advice to 121 Catholic Junior College student leaders on July 12.

Speaking at the installation ceremony of the 39th Student Council and Student Leaders, he noted that “the true essence” of a leader is the person’s service to others. He also highlighted the example of King Solomon who asked for wisdom to make the right choices for his people.
Indonesian orphans (above) perform with members of the Faith Music Centre (below).Indonesian orphans (above) perform with members of the Faith Music Centre (below).A Catholic music centre in Singapore recently joined an orphanage in Jakarta in performing a repertoire of songs using western and traditional instruments.

The event saw Faith Music Centre members and orphans from Panti Asuhan St Vincentius Puteri playing Church, pop and folk songs in English, Bahasa Indonesia and Mandarin.

The one-and-a-half-hour concert on June 8, held at the Church-run orphanage which houses 197 girls, also included singing and dancing.

Archbishop William Goh speaking to representatives of Caritas Singapore’s 23 affiliates on July 13.Archbishop William Goh speaking to representatives of Caritas Singapore’s 23 affiliates on July 13.

Important to meet needs of those in ministry, says Archbishop Goh


Care for your staff, helpers and volunteers as if they are your own family members, Archbishop William Goh told representatives of Caritas Singapore’s 23 affiliates.

If their welfare is not attended to, they may burn out and become resentful, he advised the more than 40 board members and executive directors gathered at the Church of St Ignatius’ Sacred Heart Hall on July 13.

Caritas Singapore holds such networking meetings for its affiliates three times a year. The recent gathering was the second for 2013.