SINGAPORE – Seminarians led over 100 faithful in a rousing, spirit-filled session of praise and worship at the Day of Prayer for Vocations at Church of Sts. Peter & Paul on Saturday Sep 6.

The seminarians led by Brother David Arunalatham praised and sang to the Lord with hymns that touched all present.

Prayers and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament followed.

Earlier, Carmelite Father Thomas Lim, Provincial of the Carmelite Fathers, remarked that it was wonderful for all the Diocesan seminarians to be present in a church pastored by the religious.

Just as St. Paul wanted a universal church, we are all united in praying for more diocesan and religious priests at this Day of Prayer for Vocations, he added.

Father Alex Chua, the recently appointed Archdiocesan Vocation Director, encouraged all present to continue to pray fervently for more vocations. He noted that the Lord brought 55 young men to the Vocation Retreat at the St. Francis Xavier Major Seminary in May even though there was not much publicity for it. He believed it was due to the prayers of the faithful.

The Day of Prayer for Vocations ended with Mass celebrated by Archbishop Nicholas Chia. In his homily, the archbishop held up St. Paul as the inspiration for all Catholics and especially for priests. St. Paul lived his mission to the fullest by feeding and attending to God’s "sheep" and by spreading the Gospel wherever he went.

Archbishop Chia exhorted all to pray not only for more priests but for priests who are like Christ himself.

There are currently 19 seminarians in the St. Francis Xavier Major Seminary. Ten are from Malaysia, eight from Singapore, and one from China. Out of the eight Singapore seminarians, three are currently attached to parishes for their regency year. - By Jacqeuline See

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