Father Michael Seet

Fr Michael Seet has a special place in the history of the Catholic Church in Singapore as he was the first Singapore-born Chinese to be ordained a priest in 1911.  His ordination on 2 July 1911 at the Church of St Peter and Paul was attended by then acting Governor, Sir John Anderson. After his ordination, Fr Seet served at ...

Archbishop Emeritus Nicholas Chia

Archbishop Emeritus Nicholas Chia Archbishop Emeritus Nicholas Chia was born on 8 April 1938 to a Catholic family in Singapore. His family lived in an attap house, where he described life as “simple but happy”. He studied at Holy Innocents’ English School. During upper secondary, he ‘’felt drawn to the Priesthood’’, where he felt the desire to know more about ...

Bishop Jean Paul Hilaire Courvezy

Bishop Jean Paul Hilaire Courvezy Bishop Courvezy was born in Narbonne, France, on 14 January 1792. He served the Diocese of Carcassone, before heading to Chartres in 1825. He then became honorary canon and professor of Dogmatic Theology at the Major Seminary. In 1829, he was elevated to titular canon. On 11 February 1832, he joined the Paris Foreign Missions ...

Bishop Edouard Gasnier

Bishop E. Gasnier Bishop Edouard Gasnier was born in Angers, France on 4 May 1833. As a student, he was known to be industrious and virtuous. After leaving college at the end of 1852, he went to the seminary in Angers. On 4 January 1855, he entered the Paris Foreign Missions seminary. He was known to be an outstanding aspirant, ...

Bishop René-Michel-Marie Fée, MEP

Bishop R. Fee Bishop René-Michel-Marie Fée was born at Ambrieres, France, on 5 February 1856. In his younger days, he was known for his piety and uprightness and not surprisingly he experienced a deep desire to dedicate his life to missionary work.  After spending four years as a seminarian in Mayenne, France, he entered the Major Seminary of Laval. He ...

Bishop Marie Luc Alphonse Emile Barillon, MEP

Bishop Barillon Bishop Marie Luc Alphonse Emile Barillon was born on 18 October 1860 in Chartres, France. His childhood was not without troubles because he lost both parents during this period. Fortunately, he was adopted by a school master and his wife in his hometown who loved him like their own son. On 9 May 1872, he received his First ...

Bishop Adrien Devals, MEP

Bishop Adrien Devals Adrien Devals served as Parish Priest of the Church of the Assumption in Penang until his consecration as Bishop of Malacca on 15 April 1934, at the same church. During his tenure he introduced different Catholic religious orders into Singapore. The Carmel of Christ the King was blessed and opened by Bishop Devals on 11 May 1938 ...

Bishop Michel Olçomendy

Bishop M. Olcomendy Archbishop Olçomendy came from the Basque Country in France, where he was born on 29 August 1901. He was ordained as an MEP Priest on 29 May 1926, after which he left France on 12 September the same year, heading to the Diocese of Malacca. During his one-year stay at the Church of St Anthony, Kuala Lumpur, ...

Archbishop Gregory Yong

Archbishop Gregory Yong Archbishop Gregory Yong was born on 20 May 1925 in Taiping, Malaysia.  He studied in St George’s Institution in Taiping, and thereafter at St Michael’s Institution in Ipoh. As a young boy, he was moved by watching the priest celebrate Mass, and enjoyed the Mass, while not yet understanding the importance and meaning behind it. In 1940, ...