Archbishop lays out work plan for the S'pore Catholic Church

He highlighted the areas that have opportunities for growth, in Catholic schools and in catechesis, and to recapture a creative evangelistic spirit and Catholic ethos.

Singapore
Jul 09 2014, 2:36 PM
Archbishop lays out work plan for the S'pore Catholic Church
Archbishop William Goh.

Archbishop William Goh presented his 10-year pastoral plan for the local Church to over 300 representatives of archdiocesan organisations at the Catholic Junior College on June 21.

On May 3, he had met with the representatives of parish ministries for their suggestions.

In his address, Archbishop Goh brought attention to issues like the Catholic percentage of divorces being higher than the national average and of youth and neophytes leaving Church after Confirmation or baptism.

The archbishop noted that the Catholic migrants “give us a false feeling of complacency”.

“Our churches are full, yes, but easily about half are migrants,” he said. “I always have the impression that the migrants are filling up the churches for us, more than our evangelical zeal.”

He highlighted the areas that have opportunities for growth, in Catholic schools and in catechesis, and to recapture a creative evangelistic spirit and Catholic ethos.  

The archbishop’s pastoral vision is to build an evangelistic and missionary Church and spoke of the structure he has put in place for an evangelistic and missionary Church.

Archbishop Goh listed out his work plan for 10 years, since he assumed office in 2013, as activities done and those proposed. In his first year, he said he got in touch with the parishes and priests, and set up archdiocesan offices like the Catholic Theological Institute of Singapore (CTIS) and the Office for New Evangelisation (ONE).

For the next nine years, he said, there would be restructuring for an evangelistic and missionary Church, like the setting up of ONE in parishes, having all offices and commissions operational, and perhaps a diocesan synod too.

He commended his vicar generals Monsignor Ambrose Vaz and Monsignor Philip Heng, chancellor Father John-Paul Tan, episcopal vicar for new evangelisation Father Erbin Fernandez, financial administrator Deacon Clement Chen, judicial vicar Father Terence Pereira and executive secretary to consultors Father Ignatius Yeo.

The archbishop’s address was followed by group discussions and a question-and-answer session.

Father Erbin gave an introduction to ONE, and the mandates that the office is introducing in response to Archbishop Goh’s address and to build up the new evangelisation.

Msgr Heng told the audience, he welcomed information on “where your ministry or commission is heading to in terms of needs, space and finance. I think it’s important too to give us your feedback so it can be put in this strategic plan.”

Source: The Catholic News

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