SEPTEMBER 20, 2015, Vol 65, No 19

Archbishop William Goh has issued a pastoral letter and FAQs on the general election. To read it, go to http://tinyurl.com/catholic-voters http://catholicnews.sg/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10723
Fr Edward Lim, OCDFr Edward Lim, OCDWhen was the last time you had fun?
A few months ago with some friends. We went to a karaoke and sang our hearts out. It was great!

What do you like best about being a Religious/consecrated person?
Belonging to someone and not drifting along. That someone is God.

What has sustained your life as a Religious, especially in the face of challenges/changes?
Having a structured timetable with prayer times keeps me grounded. Those daily moments give me the periods of silence that I need to make sense of the daily changes that I have to confront with. It is difficult to have to deal with them alone.

What was one of the biggest challenges you have faced as a Religious and how did you deal with it?
Adjusting to the new dignity of being a pastor of souls to people who are much older than me and leader to other friars with many years of experience within the Order. It is very humbling to learn that I am not as perfect I thought I am.

What aspect of Religious life has brought you most joy?
When we pray in common and eat in common. Not easy as we have different temperaments and likes and dislikes.
Canossian Sr Theresa Seow and the late Mr Lee Bock Guan at the Singapore Buddhist Lodge in late May.Canossian Sr Theresa Seow and the late Mr Lee Bock Guan at the Singapore Buddhist Lodge in late May.
Bound by their love for the needy, the bond between Sr Theresa Seow and the late Mr Lee Bock Guan lasted 17 years.

The passing of Mr Lee Bock Guan on August 29 was felt deeply by Canossian Sr Theresa Seow, who shared a strong bond with the former president of Singapore Buddhist Lodge (SBL).

The two first met in 1998, when SBL requested to meet the various religions and religious organisations in Singapore.

As the Catholic Church representative to the Inter-Religious Organisation (IRO), Sr Theresa met Mr Lee, brought him to the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd to meet the late Archbishop Gregory Yong, and showed him the work of the Canossian Sisters.Sr Theresa recalled that first encounter during a CatholicNews interview a few months before Mr Lee’s death. “When we first met, there seemed to be this affinity, as if we were related from way back. There was this feeling of closeness, like brothers and sisters.”
Graduation event at the Catholic Theological Institute of Singapore. Graduation event at the Catholic Theological Institute of Singapore.

Fr James Yeo, the rector of the Catholic Theological Institute of Singapore, has released the following announcement:

As from the first semester of 2016, the St Francis Xavier Major Seminary and the Catholic Theological Institute of Singapore (CTIS) will share a common academic programme. This means that the seminarians will study at CTIS, having laypeople as their classmates.

While this is commonly the case in other dioceses, it is a first in our archdiocese. In other dioceses, it is normal that diocesan and Religious seminarians attend lectures at an academic institution while having the other aspects of priestly formation done in-house.

The St Francis Xavier Major Seminary will still be responsible for the formation of our future priests, notwithstanding the fact that the seminarians will now study at CTIS.
Archbishop William Goh addressing retreatants at Blessed Sacrament Church. Archbishop William Goh addressing retreatants at Blessed Sacrament Church. Archbishop William Goh stressed the urgent need for a renewal in the Church to more than 420 participants who attended a parish retreat in Blessed Sacrament Church.

The retreat was held from Aug 28-30, and the participants were from 40 different ministries in the parish.

The objective of this retreat was to give ministry members a more profound experience of God, and to build a more personal relationship with Jesus.

It was also to better equip them in undertaking the task of the New Evangelisation in their own ministries, parish and beyond.

Archbishop Goh delivered a total of nine talks during the retreat, it was followed by small group sharings as well as questions to guide the reflection.

Among the many issues which currently face the Church,  he mentioned for instance the crisis, facing many of our Catholic families today, the lack of a holistic and truly religious upbringing of our youth (largely due to the over-emphasis on academic achievements).