The New Millennium and Jubilee Year

(2001 – 2015)

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The New Millennium and Jubilee Year 2001 – 2015
2015

The New Millennium and Jubilee Year 2001 – 2015

2001 - 2015

2001
2001

Nicholas Chia is First Singapore-Born Archbishop

Archbishop Nicholas Chia was ordained as a Bishop on 7 October 2001, taking over Archbishop Gregory Yong as the Archbishop of Singapore. The Episcopal Ordination held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium was attended by Mr S.R. Nathan, then-President of Singapore, state dignitaries, religious representatives, clergy as well as the Catholic faithful. He is the first Singapore-born Archbishop of Singapore.

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2006

25th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between the Holy See and Singapore

The 25th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between the Holy See and Singapore was commemorated on 21 June 2006 with a Mass held in the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, celebrated by Cardinal Renato Raffaele Martino. Archbishop Nicholas Chia and the Apostolic Nuncio to Singapore concelebrated the Mass. A celebratory dinner held on 23 June was attended by Singapore’s Foreign Minister and Cardinal Martino. Two commemorative books were released for this occasion.

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2010

Church of Divine Mercy is blessed and dedicated

The newly built Church of Divine Mercy was blessed and dedicated at a Dedication Mass celebrated on 9 January 2010. Archbishop Nicholas Chia, the main celebrant, spoke to the congregation on the importance of asking for and showing mercy. The Mass included the depositing of a relic of St Faustina beneath the church altar. Fr Johnson Fernandez, the Parish Priest, called the occasion a ‘’graceful day for the Singapore diocese’’.

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2013

Msgr William Goh is ordained Coadjutor Archbishop of Singapore

On 22 February 2013, Msgr William Goh was ordained Coadjutor Archbishop of Singapore. The Episcopal Ordination was attended by Bishops from the region, as well as around 150 Priests from Singapore and elsewhere. Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli, Apostolic Nuncio to Singapore was the principal consecrator. Those attending the Mass included President Tony Tan, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, as well as representatives from the Inter-Religious Organisation (IRO). The newly ordained Coadjutor Archbishop addressed the crowd on his vision and hopes for the Catholic Church of Singapore.

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2014

Catholic Theological Institute of Singapore (CTIS) is opened

The Catholic Theological Institute of Singapore (CTIS) was opened on 22 January 2014. Archbishop William Goh, in his address, spoke on the importance of theological reflection and the need to bring such reflection to a higher level. Fr James Yeo, the Rector of CTIS, shared about the role of CTIS in a ‘systematic theological formation’ of Catholics. CTIS was housed at the Catholic Centre at Waterloo Street, with a library that was also open to all.

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2015

Catholic Church of Singapore marks Singapore’s 50th year of independence

The Catholic Church of Singapore marked SG50, Singapore’s 50th year of independence, with an afternoon of celebrations on 4 July 2015. This included preaching, prayers, praise and worship and a Mass. Present at the celebration were Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean. In his speech the Prime Minister thanked the Catholic Church for its service to Singapore in areas such as charity work and education. Those present at the occasion were shown a video of the history of the Catholic Church of Singapore. A special tribute was also paid to the elderly clergy and Religious who went up on stage. In his Homily during the Mass, Archbishop William Goh spoke on the importance of religion to the nation and the essential values that society should have.

The Year of Mercy was launched in Singapore, with a Mass celebrated by Archbishop William Goh at the Church of Divine Mercy, on 8 December 2015. In his Homily, he urged the Catholic faithful to be ‘’messengers of God’s mercy’’. Archbishop Goh blessed the Holy Door at the church, sprinkling it with Holy Water and incensing it. He later symbolically walked through the open doors. Throughout the Jubilee Year of Mercy Holy Doors were also designated at Church of the Sacred Heart, Church of the Holy Cross, Church of St Vincent De Paul and Church of the Risen Christ. Walking through these doorways was one of the steps Catholics could take during the Jubilee Year, to receive an indulgence.


To find out more, click on this link:   https://www.catholic.sg/events/jubilee-of-mercy/holy-doors-mercy

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