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 ...

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 ...

David Wee Cheng Soon

By Dr Marc Rerceretnam David Wee Cheng Soon (1875-1944) David Wee Cheng Soon was born David Ng Cheng Soon in 1875 in Singapore. His parent’s names were Peter Ng Ah Sai and Victoria Tan. He was born a Roman Catholic and went to St Joseph’s Institution in Bras Basah Road. His family were of Teochew extraction and patronised the St ...