For God and Church – Early Catholic Philantropists

Jacob Low Kiok Chiang Joseph Chan Teck Hee David Wee Cheng Soon Philip Julian Low Gek Seng If you walk into the Churches of Saints Peter and Paul, Sacred Heart and St Teresa, you are likely to see benefactors’ plaques and other inscription tablets bearing the names Jacob Low Kiok Chiang, Joseph Chan Teck Hee, David Wee Cheng Soon, and ...

Joseph Chan Teck Hee

Joseph Chan Teck Hee By Grace Wong Mr Joseph Chan Teck Hee (17/4/1847 – 4/9/1930) was a well-known Teochew Catholic businessman and philanthropist. His name holds place of honour on the stained glass windows and benefactors plaques in Singapore’s oldest churches – Saints Peter and Paul, Sacred Heart and St Teresa. He arrived in Singapore in the mid-19th century, most ...

Sir Jose d’Almeida

Sir Jose d’Almeida - A Catholic Pioneer in every sense By Martin Scott When looking at the origin story of St Jospeh’s Church Portuguese Mission, the name of Jose D’Almeida holds a special place. D’Almeida Street still stands today in the central business district, amid the soaring skyscrapers – a testament to the family’s mercantile heritage.  But the family’s devotion ...

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 ...

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 ...