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 ...

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 ...

Jacob Low Kiok Chiang

Jacob Low Kiok Chiang By Dr Marc Sebastian Rerceretnam Mr Low Kiok Chiang (1843 – 12 March 1911), also known as Jacob to his contemporaries, was a successful businessman and prominent Roman Catholic Church philanthropist in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in Singapore, Thailand (then called Siam) and China. He played a major role in financing the construction ...