23 January 2013

Dear Most Rev Msgr Chia,

Thank you for inviting me to the Episcopal Ordination Mass and Official Reception of Rev Msgr William Goh. I am sorry that I am unable to attend the Ordination Mass, but I am very happy to accept Your Grace’s invitation to the Ordination Reception on 23 February 2013, and look forward to seeing you then.

I wish also to take this opportunity to thank Your Grace for your contributions to Singapore and the Catholic community over the last 12 years. As Archbishop of the Catholic Church in Singapore, you have been instrumental in the many good works of the Catholic Church. Your support for the Church’s mission to serve the poor and needy, of all faiths and races, has benefited many Singaporeans.

Your Grace has also played a key role in promoting inter-faith harmony, which is vital to our multi-religious society. In the aftermath of the 11 Sep 2001 terrorist attacks in the US, you supported the Muslim and Christian communities in the joint Hari Raya and Christmas celebrations, and jointly conducted an inter-religious prayer session to pray for peace in January 2002. This provided much comfort to Singaporeans during those difficult times. In March 2007, Your Grace established the Archdiocesan Council for Inter-Religious and Ecumenical Dialogue, providing Catholics additional opportunities to learn about other religions in Singapore and vice versa. The Singapore-China Religious and Cultural Exhibition at Suntec Convention Centre, jointly organised by the Catholic Church and the Inter-Religious Organisation in 2009, was another highly successful effort to build inter-faith relations across countries. Your Grace has also served with distinction on the Presidential Council for Religious Harmony and the National Steering Committee on Racial and Religious Harmony.

The Catholic community has thrived under Your Grace’s capable leadership. You have inspired many with your commitment to stronger inter-faith ties. Your contributions to Singapore will long be remembered by many Singaporeans.

Yours sincerely

LEE HSIEN LOONG



Episcopal Ordination - Photo Album
  1. Episcopal Ordination of Msgr William Goh
    http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.431045156980057.1073741826.131417813609461&type=3
  2. Symbols used in Rite of Ordination
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  3. Episcopal Ordination - tea reception
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  4. Archbishop William Goh - Thanksgiving Mass
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  5. Solemn Vespers Cum Holy Hour
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