What a month this had been and more seems to be coming up that will somehow speak of the changing landscape of all that is related to the archdiocese and in all aspect of our own lives - spiritual, material, physical
The seminarians just came back early this morning after visiting the KL archdiocese in attending to a sacerdotal (priestly) ordination of two of their alumni from our Singapore seminary. Deacons Gregory Chan and Peter Anthoney were ordained yesterday in the cathedral by Archbishop Murphy Pakiam, to the order of priests.
Today, the Singapore archdiocese will rejoice as we celebrate the ordination to the order of deacons for Joviat Ho, Benedict Chng, Alphonsus Raj and Edward Seah. The entire Seminary community will be heading to the Church of St Joseph - Bt Timah for the Mass ceremony this evening.
Not too far off from here is the next ordination, this time of the episcopal nature when Msgr William Goh is formally installed as Archbishop-Coadjutor, at the Singapore Expo in February 22.
All these ordinations and heavy duty ecclesial activities are coming fast and furious during these two months. They signal changes to come in the Malaysia-Singapore-Brunei region for Catholics in general and certain adjustments to the mode of working and responsibilities to all clergy in particular. How this will eventually unfold remains to be seen and felt.
There are a lot of potential and positive areas where we can decisively engage and attend to, provided we are level headed and mature about them, as well as faith-filled and spiritually sound and strengthened by what is to be done. The buzz word now is all about the New Evangelisation and that we need priests, clergy who can engage confidently in this. We are still a long way off with how we can provide a positive framework for this reality but perhaps this video may offer some practical headway (with some suitable adjustments to our local context):
Yes, it has to start in the Seminary ...