Caring for the terminally ill and their loved ones

Catholic News features Assisi Hospice in this series on Catholic social service organisations.Assisi Hospice provides palliative care to patients with life-limiting illnesses, caring for them and their families regardless of faith, age, race and financial position.Jared NgMr Kwan Fook Chuen became an orphan when he was seven years old. Growing up without parental love, he [...]

Special trishaw ride a highlight of hospice’s charity event

Business leader Sherman Kwek ferrying Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Motherhood Sr Florence Wong and Gracelyn Ng, granddaughter of an Assisi Hospice patient, during the hospice’s Kampong Assisi event.A charity trishaw ride and a guess-the-number-of-Lego-bricks contest were some of the new activities held during Assisi Hospice’s recent fundraising event.The ride saw business leader Sherman Kwek [...]

Serving the poor with simple acts of great love

A look at the Missionaries of Charity’s work in S’pore A Missionaries of Charity Sister feeding a resident in the Gift of Love Home in Boon Lay. The Missionaries of Charity (MC) are “happy and humbled” by the recent canonisation of Mother Teresa, said Sr Mary Carmel, the local superior. “We want to imitate her [...]

Pope Francis’ Pastoral Visit To Assisi

Vatican City, 2 September 2012 (VIS) – On Friday 4 October Pope Francis will visit the city of Assisi, the birthplace of St. Francis. The Pope will depart from the Vatican at 7 a.m. by helicopter and will land around three quarters of an hour later at the sports field of the Seraphic Institute of [...]

Groundbreaking for new Assisi Hospice

By May 2016, the new Assisi Hospice, with vastly expanded facilities, will be able to serve more than double its present number of inpatients.The new hospice, which will be situated adjacent to the current building in Thomson, will have 85 beds, more than double the 37 it currently has, as well as cater to more [...]

3 from St Francis of Assisi awarded papal medal

Three parishioners from the Church of St Francis of Assisi received the papal Benemerenti medal from the apostolic nuncio on Sept 9.The honour was instituted by Pope Gregory XVI in 1832 and is conferred on those who have exhibited long and exceptional service to the Church. The word benemerenti translates to “a well deserving person”. [...]

The courtyard of the gentiles calls at Assisi

Vatican City, 25 September 2012 (VIS) – “God, the unknown” is to be the theme of the “Atrium of St. Francis”, an initiative organised by the Pontifical Council for Culture, the Holy Convent of Assisi and the “Oicos Riflessioni” Association. A press conference presenting the event was held this morning in the Holy See Press [...]

The Undying Allure Of St. Clare Of Assisi

Vatican City, 31 March 2012 (VIS) – Franciscans and Poor Clares throughout the world are currently celebrating the “Clarian Year”, the eighth centenary of the “conversion” and consecration of St. Clare of Assisi (1193-1253) which took place on Palm Sunday 1211 or 1212. For the occasion, Benedict XVI has written a letter to Bishop Domenico [...]