Father Louis Fossion’s wooden tobacco pipe


Father Louis Fossion was a CICM religious missionary. He was born on Oct 24, 1914 in Belgium. He joined the Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (CICM Scheut Missions) before he was 17, and was ordained to the priesthood on Aug 2, 1937 when he was only 22.

He came to Singapore in 1968 and was attached to the parish of the Holy Spirit, where he remained for 28 years, first with Father Anthony Schotte (who died in 1980), and then as parish priest. He was an accomplished fundraiser and was instrumental in raising funds to build Church of Christ the King in Ang Mo Kio, and seeing to its completion. In 1996, it was decided that Father Fossion, then 82, should retire. Although he chafed at the decision, he nevertheless obeyed. He went to the Church of St. Francis Xavier, where he continued to serve by celebrating the Eucharist, hearing confessions, counselling and instructing catechumens.

He remained at the St. Francis Xavier parish until he moved to St. Theresa’s Home in 2004. On Thursday Jul 26, Father Fossion died at age 92, just days before the 70th anniversary of his priestly ordination on Aug 2. At the time of his death, he was Singapore’s oldest priest. Right up until his death, Fr Fossion never gave up on life and continued to serve by praying, listening and counselling. He could often be seen enjoying his pipe and an occasional cigar.

Donated by Church of the Holy Spirit

Cat: Clergy/Personal Item                                                                                     

Ref: 2017.07/AHS-01/HS-01/R5-S3