Stella Crasta, on the left of His Grace Archbishop Nicholas Chia together with her colleagues. Photo by Don Gurugay

SINGAPORE – “All of us are called to personal holiness and to apostolic mission but as a teacher, you have chosen to make the integral formation of human persons your life work,” said Archbishop Nicholas Chia to more than 300 educators during a Teachers’ Day celebration.

The archbishop continued: “As a Catholic educator, your work as a teacher is more than a profession; it is a supernatural Christian vocation. You are called by God to contribute your gifts, competence, and enthusiastic labour to work for the sanctification of the world from within, in the manner of salt.”

The celebration, which included Mass followed by a tea reception, was held for Catholic educators on Sep 4 at SJI International, Thomson Road.

Archbishop Nicholas Chia was the main celebrant at Mass, and Monsignor Vaz and Father Gerard Louis concelebrated.

The archbishop advised the educators in his homily: “You are the salt of the earth... Each of us is called to discipleship. I must, as a Christian, make the ultimate decision -- to follow Jesus. Do I have what it takes to be a disciple of Jesus, to be the salt of the earth? Salt preserves food and prevents it from deteriorating. As teachers and educators of young people, you must make a big difference in their lives, in shaping their values and preserving them from the corrupting effects of the values of our times.”

Stella Crasta, the principal of the Saint Francis of Assisi kindergarten in Jurong West, aptly summed up the occasion when she remarked: “This day reminds us of the importance of being a Catholic educator, we are the salt of the earth as we try to impart our Catholic values to our students. We have to try and reach out to everybody and do our bit.”

“This occasion is also a great opportunity to network with other teachers,” she added.

Kelvin John Francis, a teacher from CHIJ Our Lady of Good Counsel, enthused: “I was very happy to see more teachers from non Catholic schools. I also had a chance to meet up with old colleagues and even some old school mates.”

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For the video of Archbishop Nicholas Chia’s homily please go to: http://www.youtube.com/user/accscommunion

ACCS, the Archdiocesan Commission for Catholic Schools, works with Catholic schools to support and nurture excellence, especially in moral growth, ethical behaviour and spirituality. They assist Catholic schools in their mission to develop whole persons for God and society.

For more information on ACCS please go to :http://www.accs.sg

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