Archbishop Nicholas Chia takes a group photo with the 30 graduates of the 2004/05 batch of DAFF Certificate Programme. The graduates will return to their respective parishes to continue their ministry, and to share what they have learnt during the course.

The 2004/05 batch of students for the tw0-year once-a-week Diploma in Adult Faith Formation course have graduated. Application for the next course is now open.

SINGAPORE - 30 Catholics have completed a two-year faith formation programme organised by the Singapore Pastoral Institute (SPI). The happy graduates received their Diploma in Adult Faith Formation (DAFF) certificates from Archbishop Nicholas Chia during Mass at the Catholic Archdiocesan Education Centre on Nov 29.

During his homily, Archbishop Chia emphasised on the need of the DAFF graduates to share their knowledge and talents with others.

DAFF originated when its founders Msgr Eugene Vaz, Fathers Michael Arro and Roderick Payne, and SPI Director Wendy Louis decided to pool their efforts in conducting courses.

DAFF is designed to give an overview of the Catholic faith, to see how the faith is integrated in itself and centred on the Plan of God (Eph 1:9).

The non-examinable diploma course aims to provide a desired level of faith formation for lay leaders who will become multipliers. It also seeks to affirm and equip lay Catholics for effective ministry.

It is catered for Catholics working or about to work in some branch of catechesis, religious education or ministry in parishes and archdiocesan organisations.

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Right, James Quah is congratulated by Archbishop Nicholas Chia for completing the Diploma in Adult Faith Formation.

JAMES QUAH, 67, is the oldest graduate of the 2004/05 batch of DAFF graduates.

His favourite modules were Salvation History, which was taught by the course director Msgr Vaz, followed by Moral Theology, taught by Dominican Father David Garcia.

James intends to be a catechist in the RCIA programme at his parish of St. Mary of the Angels.

On the other end of the age spectrum is Mary Zane Koh. The 24-year-old was sent by then-parish priest of the Church of Our Lady Star of the Sea, Father Peter Koh, for the course. Mary Zane is in the Chinese Apostolate.

Mary Zane found that the DAFF course was "not just academic and theory, but also spiritual", which she greatly appreciated.

Through the two years in DAFF, Mary Zane has discovered that her relationship with God has changed. "I don't know the fruits of DAFF yet, but I know my religion better and I have a better relationship with God." She will return to the Chinese Apostolate in her parish to share her knowledge and talents.

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REGISTRATION FOR THE 2006/07 DAFF course is now open.

Catholics who apply for the course should be proficient in English, have the ability to write and communicate well, and must be able to invest time and effort in the course, including active participation in the sessions, reading, reflection and completing assignments.

All names should be submitted to the Singapore Pastoral Institute by Dec 20, 2005. Applicants who qualify will come before a selection interview board for final selection in December. The final decision rests with the DAFF team which comprises: Msgr Eugene Vaz, Father Michael Arro, MEP, Sister Christina Yeo, FDCC, Sister Maria Lau, IJ and Ms Wendy Louis.

Participants should have a reference from their parish priest before applying for the next course which will begin in Feb 2006. It will be held at CANA - The Catholic Centre on Tuesday nights.

Application forms can be obtained from SPI or parish offices. For enquiries, please contact the DAFF Coordinator at SPI.

Tel: 6858 7018; Fax: 6858 2011; or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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