Mr Joseph Chew, a financial service specialist, speaking at the Buzz Night organised by the Catholic Business Network.A good flow of beer, wine and Spanish tapas contributed to a relaxed atmosphere as Catholic business professionals networked among themselves at a bar in the Boat Quay area.

The special “Buzz Night”, organised by the Catholic Business Network (CBN) on June 27, attracted 45 people who shared business contacts and listened to a talk on Biblical Principles in Financial Management.

Mr Joseph Chew, a financial service specialist for over 22 years, shared his story of how he was conditioned by society to desire the 5Cs (cash, car, credit card, condominium and country club membership).

Comparing himself with the Prodigal Son in the Bible, Mr Chew, 60, shared that he experienced a time of “famine” when he lost most of his wealth.

The crisis made him reflect on his life, and he eventually turned to Jesus and reconciled with God, he said.

He then decided to start biblical study groups to teach people how to apply God’s wisdom to financial principles.

These include understanding that God is the owner of everything, living a debt-free life, practising honesty, and storing up treasures in heaven.

Mr Chew is now vice-chair of the Extraordinary Eucharistic Ministry at Novena Church, head of the Beginning Experience for those who are widowed, divorced or separated, and part of the Life in the Vine cancer support group at the Church of the Holy Spirit.

CBN president Stephen Raj told CatholicNews that Business Buzz is a series which aims “to provide a platform for Catholic working adults – both business owners as well as corporate executives – to exchange faith experiences in the workplace as well as explore new business opportunities”.

It also aims to form groups of people “who can contribute back to the social causes of the Church and the community”.

Mr Donald Koh, a participant, said he found it “encouraging to see so many of us working adults coming to share our experiences and expertise with one another”.

“With the aid of the Holy Spirit, I am sure the new relationships I’ve made will be fruitful,” said the 33-year-old design director.

Ms Angela Sim, 37, a marketing consultant, said she felt some networking games during such events could help facilitate greater networking among participants.

By Benedict Tang

Upcoming CBN events

MP Christopher De Souza will speak at the next CBN event, titled Business Leader Share II. It will be held at the Church of Sts Peter and Paul on July 18 at 6.45 pm. For more information, go to

A major conference for working adults titled [email protected] will be held at Catholic Junior College on Nov 30. The full-day conference will focus on being true witnesses to the faith in the marketplace.

Speakers include Mr Hector Molina, a US-based Catholic speaker and apologist; Mr Tony See, founder and coordinator of Landings, a Singapore community welcoming returning Catholics; and MP Christopher De Souza.

For more information, visit