SINGAPORE – Ashes of the first Carmelite parish priest in Singapore, Father John Mary Chin, will be interred at Church of Sts. Peter and Paul on Saturday Nov 28.
Father Chin had returned to the Lord on Jul 17, the Solemnity of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, at the age of 94. He had “on many occasions, prayed for his death to be on [this feastday]. He had a strong devotion and fidelity to our Blessed Mother, the Queen of Carmel”, said Father Thomas Lim, OCD, Provincial Delegate of Taiwan-Singapore.
Father Chin was appointed as the first Provincial of Taiwan-Singapore Delegation of the Carmelite Community in 1984. The Carmelite General House in Rome had tasked him to start a Mandarin-speaking community in Asia.
He also started the Singapore Foundation in 1996 to meet the number of vocations coming from Singapore and Malaysia.
After he approached the late Archbishop Gregory Yong to allow the Carmelites to serve in the archdiocese, he became the first Carmelite parish priest at Church of Sts. Peter and Paul where he served from 1998-1999, before he retired as Provincial Delegate and parish priest, to Taiwan.
The delegation of Taiwan-Singapore celebrated its 25th year foundation in Singapore this June, with Father Chin.
On Jul 15, after the first evening prayer to our Lady, Father Chin collapsed during dinner with the community. Despite efforts to revive him, there was no heartbeat.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at Church of Sts. Peter and Paul on Nov 28, 11.00am, followed by the internment of his ashes in the Columbarium.
By Joyce Gan