Chancery Notice – 23 January 2019

Appointments  1. The following are the new leadership team of the Congregation of the Holy Redeemer (Redemptorists) that were elected in the quadrennium 2019-2022 with effect from 1 January 2019: a. Gerard Louis CSsR – Vice Provincial b. Joseph Stephen CSsR – Vicarc. Eugene Lee CSsRd. Francis Vijayan CSsRe. Glenn de Cruz CSsR […]

Bringing aid to rural families in Sabah

The 11 missionaries pose with Mount Kinabalu in the background. Franciscan aspirant Julian Chua (front row, right) shared how he encountered God during the trip.A team of 11 missionaries, made up of 10 Singaporeans and one from Sabah, Malaysia, made the arduous journey to Ranau, Sabah, as part of a mission trip to distribute essential [...]

Reaching out to flood victims in Myanmar

Nga Net Pyar villagers and members of an ACTS mission team unloading food supplies.Three Singaporeans braved the rain, flood waters and difficult terrain to bring aid to flood victims in two villages in Myanmar.For the three Catholic volunteers it was an unforgettable mission as they packed food supplies and waded through murky water to give [...]

Witnessing the plight of Rohingya refugees

A team from Jesuit Refugee Service, Singapore, visited these refugees in Bangladesh recently. Gordon Pinto shares what they experiencedChildren at the Rohingya refugee camp at Cox’s Bazar.When I read about the Rohingya crisis in September last year, I felt I had to do something. Within weeks, 700,000 Rohingya people in Myanmar’s Rakhine state saw their [...]

Serving Myanmar refugees in Kuala Lumpur

Members of a group from the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour helping Myanmar refugee kids build shelves for their library.By Mabel LeeEight missionaries from the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour spent a week reaching out to Myanmar refugees in Kuala Lumpur.From Dec 11-17, they visited the Zutong Refugee Catholic Learning Centre [...]

CHARIS responds to Nepal earthquake

CHARIS volunteers removing the supporting beam of the roof from a house. Photo: Sharon Low By Caroline Wee and Liana GurungWhen three powerful earthquakes struck Nepal in the span of two months in 2015, nearly 9,000 people were killed and more than 800,000 families were left homeless near the epicentre of Gorkha and across the [...]

Aiding communities affected by crisis in Rakhine State

Displaced persons from Myanmar’s Rakhine State cluster around a food distribution truck in Kutapalong camp, southern Bangladesh. Photo: TOMMY TRENCHARD (CARITAS INTERNATIONALIS)Caritas Humanitarian Aid & Relief Initiatives, Singapore (CHARIS) has pledged 40,000 euros (S$63,000) to its partner, Caritas Bangladesh, in response to the influx of displaced communities which have fled into Bangladesh due to the [...]

Archbishop’s message for CHARIS’ Humanitarian Aid Fund

The annual fundraising launch is set for Oct 7 and 8People reach to get ice cream at an evacuation centre outside Marawi, Philippines. CHARIS is appealing for funds to support organisations undertaking disaster relief and humanitarian work. CNS photoMy Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,The protracted crisis in Marawi, Philippines, has resulted in more than [...]

Building the Church of Tomorrow

SEEING THE BIG PICTURE IN GIVINGIn this adapted extract of Archbishop William Goh’s homily at the CHARIS Humanitarian Forum & Fair on 10 June 2017, Catholics and the various organisations in the archdiocese are urged to see that we are one Church with one mission.Archbishop William Goh giving his homily during a Mass at the [...]

Regional Caritas network fights human trafficking

Good Shepherd Sisters of Vietnam seen here with organisers of the Blue Heart Campaign at an exhibition booth in Yangon, Myanmar. Photo: JULIAN CHUA (CHARIS)CHARIS, the Singapore archdiocese’s umbrella body for overseas humanitarian aid, has contributed US$6,000 (S$8,100) towards the organisation of an anti-human trafficking campaign in Myanmar.The Blue Heart Campaign, aimed at raising awareness [...]