The archbishop poses for a photo with participants of the June/July Choice weekend.Participants for the June/July 2012 Choice weekend had a pleasant surprise when Archbishop Nicholas Chia paid them a surprise visit on July 1. They were having a hearty Sunday breakfast at the Choice Retreat House in Jurong West when the archbishop joined them.

Archbishop Chia then observed a Choice session and addressed the 21 participants. He stressed his support for the programme and stated that although Choice has been conducted in Singapore for a good 31 years, it still remains very relevant for today’s young adults.

He reminded participants that they are the future of the Church and to always anchor their faith on fertile soil. He also emphasised that Catholics must build not only relationships between themselves and God but it is also crucial to develop relationships with family, friends and the community.

These are values which are very much reinforced during Choice weekends.

Choice was founded by Fr Tom Morrow in the USA and introduced in Singapore in 1981.

It is part of the Family Life Society and is for those aged 18-35, to challenge them to reflect on their beliefs and live a lifestyle based on Gospel values.

Each stay-in weekend is run by a team comprising a priest, Religious, lay couples and singles.

The next Choice weekend, from July 27-29, will be in Bahasa Indonesia. The English weekends for the rest of the year are on Aug 24-26, Oct 26-28 and Nov 23-25. For more information, visit

By Kelvin Tan