Fr Terence Kesavan, the Christian Family and Social Movement (CFSM) spiritual director, was presented with a farewell gift as he is scheduled to go overseas for further studies.

Every worker is at his or her workplace for a unique and special purpose, said Mr Francis Mane, president of the Christian Family and Social Movement (CFSM).

Speaking during the celebration of the feast of St Joseph the Worker and the commemoration of Labour Day, Mr Mane said that Catholics are called to lead and be exemplary by showing kindness to their fellow workers.

With love, we can make great changes at our workplace, he added.

The event, held on May 1 at CANA The Catholic Centre, also saw CFSM’s spiritual director Fr Terence Kesavan speaking to about 50 members and guests.

Quoting from Gaudete et Exsultate (Rejoice And Be Glad), Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on the call to holiness, he urged attendees to live a life of holiness and said that each person must be holy in his or her way including at work.

In another address, one CFSM member said that CFSM members must understand the social teachings of the Catholic Church thoroughly and cannot remain indifferent to the plight of workers.

Members were also reminded to discuss work issues in their monthly group meetings and not limit themselves to family issues.

Another member shared some challenges faced by migrant workers in Singapore such as those working in the construction industry.

The event also saw participants break into groups to share the issues faced by present-day workers.

Some issues raised were extended working hours and the use of technology that has an adverse impact on workers and families, such as having to respond to emails after office hours or on weekends.

Other issues included the need for management to properly care for the well-being of workers and their families.

Christian Family and Social Movement members and guests pose for a photo with Fr Terence and Fr Andre Christophe, their former spiritual director.

A Mass was celebrated by Fr Terence in remembrance of all workers. As he is scheduled to go overseas for further studies, CFSM presented him with a farewell gift and card.

The CFSM has its origins in the 1950s in France, when Mr Rene Delecluse, a missionary social worker, helped to start a family movement.

The CFSM began in Singapore in 1962 and is registered with the Registry of Societies.

There are about 15 family groups, each with about five-10 members, meeting regularly in their homes to share their life’s challenges and to keep growing as persons.