Prayer for Vocations

Our Loving Father, source of all goodness,we turn to you with trust and confidence, followingyour Son’s instruction to pray for more labourersto bring in the harvest.Bless your Church with families and communitiesof faith and love, and from among them produce menand women dedicated to a life of holiness and service.Guide those you have called to [...]

Chancery Notice – 11 January 2016

APPOINTMENTS Fr John Sim has been appointed as a Director and a Member for Clarity Singapore Limited for a term of two [2] years with effect from 1 January 2016. OTHER MATTERSBanns of OrdinationThe following Seminarian Bro. Cornelius Ching Tze Choon will be called to the Order of Deacons on 19 February 2016 at Church [...]

Marriage, Holy Orders: Bearing Witness to Christ’s Love

“No vocation is a purely private matter (particularly the vocation to marriage) because it is open to the horizon of the entire Church. What is important, then, is to integrate and harmonise priestly ministry with the true Gospel of marriage and the family, in order to achieve effective fraternal communion. And the Eucharist remains the [...]

Rebuilding trust between Vatican and Religious orders

New Vatican official says important to ‘know how to listen’VATICAN CITY – He has only been at the Vatican for four months, but Brazilian Archbishop Joao Braz de Aviz is already getting good reviews.As head of the Vatican office that oversees the world’s Religious orders, the 64-year-old archbishop inherited an assignment that in some ways [...]

Mendicant Orders: Profound Ecclesial Renewal

“Today too there is a ‘charity of and in truth’, an ‘intellectual charity’ that must be brought into play in order to illuminate minds and associate faith with culture. The commitment shown by Franciscans and Dominicans in mediaeval universities is an invitation to us to remain present in the places where knowledge is produced in [...]

Vatican orders study of women religious institutes in U.S.

WASHINGTON – The Vatican has initiated an apostolic visitation of institutes for women religious in the United States to find out why the numbers of their members have decreased during the past 40 years and to look at the quality of life in the communities. The announcement was made on Jan 30 at the Basilica [...]

2008 Archdiocese of Singapore statistics on the priesthood

Total number of Catholics in 2008: 324,000 (including foreigners) Local seminarians in formation: 8 (5 in the seminary and 3 on regency in the parishes) There will be no ordination to the diocesan priesthood in the next 5 years. Diocesan priests: 60 Priests from religious orders: 70 Total number of priests in active service: 130 [...]

What the Singapore church is doing

SINGAPORE – In Singapore, the church’s response to the devastation caused by Cyclone Nargis is being coordinated by the Archdiocesan Crisis Coordination Team (ACCT) which was first established in 2005 following the December 2004 tsunami disaster. ACCT has liaised with Archbishop Charles Bo from Yangon and Archbishop Paul Grawng, President of the Conference of Bishops [...]