The FSC brothers learning Japanese during World War II

By Brother Patricius O'Donovan fsc "English was replaced by Nippon Go as the medium of education. After school, all teachers had to attend afternoon classes day after day to gain some proficiency in the language. What was learned in the afternoon was taught next morning in the classroom. [...] Once with our solemn Japanese instructor, our Kocho Sensei [Headmaster] Brother ...

Daughters of St Paul (FSP)

Logo of the Daughters of St Paul. By Sr Grace Lee, fsp The Founder of the Daughters of St Paul (FSP), Blessed James Alberione, had always wanted to bring the Gospel to those vast regions of Asia where many people did not know Christ. In 1965, the Sisters asked to bring their media mission to Singapore but were told by the bishop [Bishop Michael ...

Bishop Jean Baptiste Boucho [1845-1871]

Bishop Jean Baptiste Boucho Father Jean Baptiste Boucho  was born on 18th February 1797 in Athos-Aspis, France. Not much is known about his childhood. What is known is that Father Jean Baptiste Boucho arrived in Malaya in 1824 when he was 27 years old, most likely not long after he was ordained. Upon his arrival, he found that he was ...

Caritas Humanitarian Aid & Relief Initiatives Singapore (CHARIS)

CHARIS traces its beginnings back to the Asian Tsunami disaster on Boxing Day of 2004. The Catholic Church in Singapore collected $1.5 million in just two weeks after the disaster. Then-Archbishop Nicholas Chia asked Father Colin Tan SJ to put together a team that could properly manage the funds for the victims of the tsunami. The team of he brought together was named ...

Catholic Foundation

The Catholic Foundation was established by Archbishop Emeritus Nicholas Chia on 27th December 2012 as the philanthropic arm of the Archdiocese of Singapore. Its mission is “To promote philanthropic giving and provide financial stewardship for the funds raised to support the capacity building needs of the Catholic Church in Singapore.” By this, the Catholic Foundation aims to help the development ...

National University of Singapore Catholic Students’ Society

The Catholic Students’ Society (CSS) of the University of Malaya began in 1950 with the aim of “[supplementing] the secular University education with religious and spiritual enlightenment”. Against the backdrop of the Cold War and the rising tide of nationalism in Malaya, CSS in its early days was exceedingly concerned with the survival of Catholic education in a secular age. The ...

Catholic Welfare Services (CWS)

Catholic Welfare Services started on 20th April 1959. Its first members included representatives from Little Sisters of the Poor, Marymount Vocational School, Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (FMM), Franciscan Missionaries of Divine Motherhood (FMDM), Canossian Daughters of Charity and the Infant Jesus (IJ) Sisters. It was headed by Archbishop Michael Olcomendy, with Monsignors Noel Goh and Hippolyte Berthold as his Vice-Presidents. Other members included Dr Joseph Ee ...

Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary (SS.CC.)

In 1928, the first SS.CC. Father in Singapore, Fr Isfried Meijer, was moved to Singapore from Indonesia, to start a mission office as Procurator. He stayed at the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, until 1933. After the war ended in 1945 Fr Meijer, who had been kept prisoner by the Japanese in Indonesia, resumed his task as Procurator. This time ...