OCTOBER 28, 2018, Vol 68, No 22

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Catholic News features Assisi Hospice in this series on Catholic social service organisations.


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Assisi Hospice provides palliative care to patients with life-limiting illnesses, caring for them and their families regardless of faith, age, race and financial position.

Jared Ng


Mr Kwan Fook Chuen became an orphan when he was seven years old. Growing up without parental love, he eventually met his wife, who was also an orphan like him, in 2004. Marriage life was simple but cosy as they settled down in a two-room rental flat, which they shared with a co-tenant.

Their peaceful life was disrupted when Mr Kwan, now 67, was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2010. Despite the blow, he went through treatment and recovered. However in March 2018, Mr Kwan felt a sharp pain in his leg which affected his movement. To his dismay, he discovered that his cancer had returned and spread to his bones. He had to use a walking stick and could no longer continue working and was unable to support himself and his wife as a result.
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The Quieting the Soul retreat is for those seeking prayerful rest and quiet reflection.

For the past 13 years, a large number of people have experienced the tranquillity and warmth of God’s presence at the Quieting the Soul (QTS) retreat. In response to a need for those seeking prayerful rest and quiet reflection, the Cenacle Sisters in Singapore have been organising the retreat to serve as a time of silence, prayer and listening to the Lord.

Not only are the retreats held in Singapore but also other places like Thailand, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia and the Philippines. This is so people have the option of “getting away” from Singapore and experiencing other venues.

Said Sister Amy Lee, “Many make this retreat to deepen their relationship with God while others come to find time for quiet prayer and reflection.” They are also timely opportunities for retreatants to look back over the year and see how God has worked in their lives through the joys and challenges they have experienced, she said.