Infant Jesus Sisters (IJ)

In March 1852, Father Jean-Marie Beurel arrived in Singapore with the long-awaited party of Lasallian brothers and Infant Jesus Sisters that would set up English mission schools. The IJ Sisters however, faced great difficulties even before they began here. They had started with five sisters, but lost their leader, Mother Pauline, to an illness at sea. Another sister disappeared upon ...

Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (CICM)

The official logo of the Scheut Missions. Photo credit: Fr Paul Staes, CICM The Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (CICM), popularly known as ‘Scheut Missions’, was founded by Father Théophile Verbist in the Belgian town of Scheut in 1862. The evangelization of Chinese people and help for the poor and needy in China were Father Verbist’s main concerns. ...

St Laurent Marie Joseph Imbert [1796-1839]

St Laurent Marie Joseph Imbert [1796-1839] Saint Laurent Marie Joseph Imbert was probably the very first Saint to step on the shores of Singapore back in 1821. He was born at Marignane, a commune in the department of Bouches-du-Rhône in southern France, on 23 March 1796. He enrolled in the seminary of the Société des Missions étrangères de Paris (MEP) ...

Fr Jean Marie Beurel [1813-1872]

Father Jean-Marie Beurel, MEP Father Jean Marie Beurel was born on 5th February 1813 in Lower Brittany, France. He joined the Missions Etrangères de Paris as a deacon on 23rd August 1838. After his ordination, he left France for Singapore on 16th March 1839 when he was assigned to the mission of Siam. Father Beurel finally arrived in Singapore on 20th October ...

The Brothers of St Gabriel (SG)

Brothers of St Gabriel in 1953 The Brothers of St Gabriel link their foundation to St Louis Marie de Montfort (1673-1716) in France. The first Brothers were associated with the founder, St Louis Marie, and assisted him in his missionary preaching in the western part of France. In the course of his mission in those parts of France, St Louis ...

Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (CSsR)

By Jerome Pang The Redemptorists arrived in Southeast Asia as early as 1910. The first Redemptorist, Father P. M. Lynch. came to the diocese of Malacca from the Philippines Islands.  Other Australian fathers followed, by way of the Philippines, at various times, preaching missions and giving retreats to the clergy, religious communities and schools. Floral wall celebrating the Feast of ...

Apostleship of the Sea

By Frances Yong The Apostleship of the Sea (AOS) was recognized by the Holy See on 21 November 1957. In 1958, the Singapore chapter of the AOS was officially launched. Early mission Prior to the official approval of the Holy See, the AOS was already in operation in Singapore. Early records in the 1940s offered a glimpse into documented activities ...

Carmelite Nuns (OCD)

A rare photo of the Carmelite nuns in the early days. In 1934, Bishop Adrien Devals sent an invitation through the Vicar Apostolic of Bangkok, Monsignor René Perros, to the Carmel of Bangkok, requesting the establishment of a Carmelite monastery in Singapore. The Foundress and Prioress of the Carmel of Bangkok, Mother Anne of Jesus, agreed to this and the ...

Order of the Carmelites Discalced (OCD) – Friars

In 1983, a Malaysian friar Father John Mary Chin was tasked by the Carmelite General House in Rome to start a Mandarin-speaking community in Asia. He was appointed the first Provincial of Taiwan-Singapore Delegation of the Carmelite Community in 1984 and started a friary in Taiwan. Between 1983 and 1996, there were eight vocations from Singapore and Malaysia, and one ...