The cost of redeveloping the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd amounts to $40 million. While donations have been forthcoming, $10 million are still needed.
Said Fr Adrian Anthony, the priest in charge of the overall project: “The generosity of the people has really touched me deeply. But it is still very challenging because we are not a parish church and, hence, there is no base to depend on. Most who come are transient worshippers and, understandably, don’t have the same kind of affinity like you would in a parish.”
Former government minister, Mr Lim Boon Heng, who was invited by Fr Anthony to head the cathedral’s rebuilding steering committee, disclosed two fundraising projects in the pipeline: publishing a magazine that will be sold at parishes next March/April and a coffee table book seven months later.
Both will be about the history of the cathedral.
The book, which is already being written by a team led by Mr Cheong Yip Seng, the former editor-in-chief of SPH’s English and Malay newspapers, will be launched at a fundraising dinner next November.
More details will be released in due course. “We hope to raise $1 million each through these two projects,” said Mr Lim.
Donations, stories and mementos
For donations to the restoration fund, please make your cheque payable to “Cathedral of the Good Shepherd”, with “Restoration Fund” written on the reverse side, and mail it to Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, ‘A’ Queen Street, Singapore 188533.
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