FEBRUARY 07, 2016, Vol 66, No 03

Msgr Bernard Paul was episcopally ordained on Jan 12. He takes over from Bishop Paul Tan. Photo: FRANCIS GOPALMsgr Bernard Paul was episcopally ordained on Jan 12. He takes over from Bishop Paul Tan. Photo: FRANCIS GOPAL
JOHOR BAHRU – Msgr Bernard Paul, formerly a vicar-general of Penang diocese, was ordained a bishop for the Melaka-Johor diocese on Jan 12.

Seventeen archbishops and bishops, 200 priests and Religious from the region and 4,000 laypeople attended the ceremony at Persada International Convention Centre in Johor Bahru.

Bishop Paul, 62, takes over from Jesuit Bishop Paul Tan, who has headed the diocese since 2003.

In his homily, Bishop Emeritus Tan advised the bishop-elect: “As a father and a brother, love all those whom God places in your care. Love the priests and deacons who share with you the ministry of Christ. Love the poor and infirm, strangers and the homeless. Encourage the faithful to work with you in your apostolic task; listen willingly to what they have to say.”

Addressing the congregation at the end, apostolic nuncio to Malaysia Archbishop Joseph Marino urged the new bishop to undertake the mandate of teaching, governing and sanctifying the people of the diocese.
Archbishop William Goh with the seminary community. Seated from left: Br Gabriel Wong, Msgr Ambrose Vaz, Archbishop William Goh, Frs Valerian Cheong and John Bosco. Standing from left: Seminarians Shaun Lim, Simon Ho, Vincent Thomas, Nicholas Lye, Andrew Lin, Brennan Tay, Andre Tan, Justin Yip, Dexter Chua and Clarence Yue.Archbishop William Goh with the seminary community. Seated from left: Br Gabriel Wong, Msgr Ambrose Vaz, Archbishop William Goh, Frs Valerian Cheong and John Bosco. Standing from left: Seminarians Shaun Lim, Simon Ho, Vincent Thomas, Nicholas Lye, Andrew Lin, Brennan Tay, Andre Tan, Justin Yip, Dexter Chua and Clarence Yue.
The St Francis Xavier Major Seminary has moved to its temporary premises at the Church of St Teresa, 510 Kampung Bahru.

The official move was made on Nov 30, 2015.

It was decided after careful considerations on the part of Archbishop William Goh and his team of advisors. The future formation of the seminarians and more efficient utilisation of Church resources for the archdiocese were some of the considerations.

The seminary year for 2016 officially began on Jan 15. This year also saw three new additions to the seminary community. Bringing the total number to 11 seminarians.

Classes are now held in the day at the classrooms of the Church of St Teresa and in the premises of the Catholic Theological Institute of Singapore (CTIS) at night. Seminarians, novices and postulants now attend classes alongside laypeople.
Archbishop William Goh and Fr Edward Seah pose with the three new principals. From left: Mrs Woo Soo Min, principal of Maris Stella High School; Ms Imelda Anthony, principal of Magdalene’s Kindergarten; and Fr (Dr) Adrian Danker, SJ, principal of St Joseph’s Institution.Archbishop William Goh and Fr Edward Seah pose with the three new principals. From left: Mrs Woo Soo Min, principal of Maris Stella High School; Ms Imelda Anthony, principal of Magdalene’s Kindergarten; and Fr (Dr) Adrian Danker, SJ, principal of St Joseph’s Institution.

“How can we be instruments of mercy according to the vocation we are in?” asked Archbishop William Goh, in his homily during the Principals’ Commissioning Mass on Jan 23.

More than 100 educators, principals, students, relatives and friends of the new principals attended the Mass, which was held in Montfort Secondary School.

The three new principals are: Fr (Dr) Adrian Danker, SJ, St Joseph’s Institution (SJI); Mrs Woo Soo Min, Maris Stella High School; and Ms Imelda Anthony, Magdalene’s Kindergarten.

In line with the message of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Archbishop Goh beckoned Catholic educators not to forget the needs of students who are spiritually and emotionally poor.
The two claim that they have received divine revelations



LAST November, it was reported that a group of individuals was distributing unusual devotional objects within Singapore’s Catholic community. Later, a charismatic speaker gave talks about her reconversion to Catholicism. These episodes are related to a much larger phenomenon which Catholics are advised to be cautious about.

A few Catholics had been distributing what appeared to be Marian medals and Benedictine crucifixes. They are also thought to have given out miniature “prayer cards” imprinted with a “Seal of the Living God” and a “Crusade Prayer 33”.

An Internet search of this “Seal” and “Prayer” will instantly identify them as items associated with Maria Divine Mercy, as is the so-called “Marian” “Medal of Salvation” or Numisma Salutis.

Who, or what, is Maria Divine Mercy? This is the name assumed by what is believed to be a self-proclaimed Irish seer called Mary Carberry.


“It’s my first time attending such an event and I think it’s beautiful, you can feel a strong sense of unity. The various churches should get more of their members to attend and it would be great if there were more participating churches in the future,” said Mr P K Koshy, 81, from the St Thomas Orthodox Syrian Cathedral.

Mr Ih Ming, 35, from the International Baptist Church of Singapore noted that “there are fundamental tenets of the Christian faith that promote unity.”

“Singapore is a small place and we all believe in the same God, so that’s something I think we can afford to make more explicit,” he told CatholicNews.

These were some comments given by participants who attended ecumenical services during the Jan 18-22 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

There were in total five services held in Singapore and all revolved around the theme Called to Proclaim the Mighty Acts of the Lord.