Join us as one body in social mission and faith. We remember and celebrate the amazing love of God shown in our Singapore history. Through the sharing of our mission work, we continue to strengthen all involved in our current day service and efforts, while journeying with people in need in our community and around the region
Watch Ignitus! Social Mission with Love
Ignite Passion for Social Mission Panel, Keynote by George Yeo, Archbishop Reflection, Breakout Track 1: One Body in Christ, Breakout Track 3: Steadfast Love of God, and Mass here!
Breakout Room 2: Bearing Witness. Featuring Church of St Mary of the Angels, Church of St Ignatius and Church of St Michael.
Breakout Room 4: Loving God’ Children. Featuring Anak-Tnk, ACTS, Canossian Ville, IHJCC and Morningstar.
Most Rev. William Goh
Roman Catholic Archbishop of Singapore
William Goh is the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Singapore.
He assumed the office of Archbishop of Singapore in 2013. His Grace was ordained a priest in 1985 at the Church of the Holy Cross.
Mr George Yeo
Visiting Scholar of Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
George Yeo was in the SAF from 1972-1988 and, after entering politics, held various portfolios … read more
Mr Alex Yam
Mayor for North West District & Member of Parliament for Yew Tee
Alex Yam is a Member of Parliament and the Mayor of North West District. He is also …read more
Ms Yenni Suryani
Country Manager, Catholic Relief Services, Indonesia
Yenni Suryani is the Country Manager for Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Indonesia. She leads CRS …read more
Rev. Fr. John Lester Tajon, SJ
Vicar General of Battambang
Rev Father John Lester Tajon, SJ is the Vicar General of the Apostolic Prefecture of Battambang, Cambodia …read more
Prof Tan Cheng Han
Chairman, Caritas Singapore
Tan Cheng Han is the Chair of Caritas Singapore. He is also the Dean of the School of Law at the City University of Hong Kong, President of the Asian Law Schools Association, and a member of the Archdiocesan Commission for Catholic Schools.
Mr Stephen Raj
Chairman, Caritas Humanitarian Aid & Relief Initiatives Singapore (CHARIS)
Stephen Raj is the chairman of CHARIS. He has been actively involved in various efforts in the Archdiocese …read more
Caritas Singapore is the official social and community arm of the Catholic Church in Singapore, and the umbrella body for 27 Catholic charities and organisations whose work has touched the lives of many regardless of race or religion. We are also a member of Caritas Internationalis, a global confederation of over 160 humanitarian organisations.
The name Caritas means charity in Latin, and reminds us to live out our faith through social works.
A Call to Share (ACTS)
ACTS has its genesis in 2006 when a small group of 20, including parishioners from the Church of Our Lady Queen of Peace, went to share the joy of Christmas with the students of Don Bosco Phum Chrey School in Cambodia. In ten years, ACTS has grown to some nine missions in four countries – Cambodia, Myanmar, the Philippines and Vietnam – attended by over 500 participants from 30 parishes across Singapore as well as from other countries, becoming the largest overseas Catholic mission ministry in the Archdiocese of Singapore.
Archdiocesan Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants & Itinerant People (ACMI)
Our Mission is to be the ambassador of the Good Shepherd and serve the migrant community in Singapore, regardless of race or religion. Inspired by the Holy Spirit, we believe in God’s will for the dignity and freedom of all individuals.
Canossaville Children and Community Services
Canossaville Children and Community Services (Canossaville) is a Catholic social service agency, serving and impacting the lives of children and their families across their preschool and primary years, regardless of race, language or religion.
The sectors under Canossaville include Canossaville Preschool – A mainstream preschool specialising in supporting children with hearing loss, Canossaville Student Care – An integrated student care centre serving the needs of students from Canossa Catholic Primary School and Canossian School, and Canossian Child Development Unit – A multidisciplinary team of professionals supporting the children and their families in The Canossian Village across the areas of learning, behaviour and psychosocial needs.
Catholic Business Network (CBN)
The Catholic Business Network Singapore (CBN) a registered society in Singapore under the auspices of the Archdiocese of Singapore was set up in 2008 to draw together Catholic business owners and working adults seeking to be faithful Christians in the workplace as bosses, colleagues, and subordinates.
It a member organisation of Caritas Singapore. The CBN is non-profit organisation funded primarily through donations and sponsorships. It is led by a voluntary Executive Committee and a small team of staff.
Catholic Medical Guild of Singapore (CMG)
The CMG Singapore was formed in 1952 from a need to study and discuss medico-moral questions.We are a community of health care professionals, journeying with one another to realise the true significance of our Catholic vocation within our profession.
We integrate faith, life and work through the ethical practice of medicine and science and in service to the community. We aspire to be an authoritative voice and reference point on bioethical issues.
We are challenged to finding God in ourselves, in people we relate with and in all situations so that we can, reflect and glorify the face of Him who loves us.
Christian Family and Social Movement (CFSM)
The members of CFSM work towards building good Christian families because we believe the family is the basic building block of a good society, a good nation.
We assist all family members in living and fulfilling their various roles in the family, work place, community and nation. The family is the Church in miniature and the apostles of the families are the families themselves.
Couples for Christ (CFC)
CFC Singapore is a worldwide family renewal ministry, whose mission is to renew and build strong Christian marriages and families within the parishes where it is present. CFC is called to bring the Lord’s strength and light to those who are struggling to be truly Christian families in the modern world. Its vision is to have families in the Holy Spirit renewing the face of the Earth. Its two-fold mission is to build the Church of the Home and to build the Church of the Poor.
Faith and Light Community
Faith and Light Community (FLC) reaches out to intellectually disabled people and their families to help them realise that everyone is a gift from God
PROGRAMMES AND ACTIVITIES
Every month, the East, and North Districts’ Faith and Light communities come together and celebrate the gift of one another. Each celebration is cosy with less than 30 regular members each, including friends, the children and their families. Activities include singing, praying, sharing, playing, feasting, talks, Mass celebrations, retreats and pilgrimages.
Singapore has two Faith and Light Communities:
Community of Sunshine Children of God
Gathers monthly, usually on the second Saturday of the month at the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour
31 Siglap Hill, Singapore 456085
Community of Our Lady’s Special Stars
Gathers monthly, usually on the first Saturday of the month at the Church of Our Lady Star of the Sea.
10 Yishun Street 22, Singapore 768579
Faith and Light Communities of Singapore (FLC)
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Faith and Light Colours of Asia.
Contact Person: Diana Low
HopeHouse is a registered charity under the MSF and is a home which provides residential programmes for youths at risk. Our vision is to be an Oasis of Hope, with the goal of giving youths, hope for a new beginning.
Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS)
JRS is a worldwide Catholic organisation with a mission to accompany, serve and defend the cause of refugees and forcibly displaced people. Founded in 1980, JRS assists people of all races and religions. It works with refugees and forcibly displaced people as friends, listening and helping them in a very personal way.
JRS is active in over 50 countries, particularly in areas of greatest need and where no other humanitarian groups are present. Most of its workers are volunteers. JRS also recruits many refugees to participate in its assistance programmes as teachers, nurses and other staff, helping them to find dignity and purpose in their lives.
JRS Singapore works closely with local JRS and refugee organisations in Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia. Its projects include raising awareness about the refugee situation and sending financial and material aid.
Montfort Care is a network of programmes committed to improving the lives of individuals, families and the community facing transitional challenges.
Our team of social service professionals provide community-based social services to empower lives and strengthen communities.
Services offered by Montfort Care include three Family Service Centres, child protection service by its Big Love Child Protection Specialist Centre, cyber wellness programme for youth by its MeToYou Cyber Care programme as well as GoodLife! and YAH! programmes to support active and frail seniors to age-in-place.
Project Kyrie believes that everyone can make a difference in the lives of others. It assists busy kind-hearted individuals to help those less privileged in Singapore and overseas by locating the poor and doing the groundwork such as organising and facilitating projects.
In Singapore, Project Kyrie supports food rations for 20 families and takes in and assists crisis cases. Overseas, it caters to people in Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Poland and Ukraine.
Society of St Vincent de Paul (SSVP)
SSVP Singapore comprises more than 750 Members (known as Vincentians) serving in the 29 Conferences (each of which is a unit of SSVP Singapore, and each serving a Catholic church parish) all across the island
Our Vision: That the poor and marginalised whom we serve become self-reliant and lead fulfilling and dignified lives.
Our Mission: To serve and journey with the poor and marginalised, regardless of their race, nationality and religion, bringing them hope for a better life and a better future.
Caritas Humanitarian Aid & Relief Initiatives Singapore (CHARIS)
Caritas Humanitarian Aid & Relief Initiatives, Singapore (CHARIS) is the umbrella body for overseas humanitarian aid by the Archdiocese of Singapore. CHARIS is a member of Caritas Singapore and was launched on 20 August 2010 by His Grace, Archbishop Nicholas Chia.
Humanitarian situations cover natural disasters and other adverse circumstances faced by the poor and needy, especially in developing countries in the region. Aid provided by CHARIS includes funding, medical aid and volunteers for immediate relief as well as the long-term support of those displaced and in need.
acts29 is a mission-based organisation committed to serving marginalised communities especially amongst the youths.
Coordinator (Singapore): Ms Sherlyn Khong
Founded by the Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Motherhood (FMDM) Sisters in 1969, Assisi Hospice provides palliative care to patients with life-limiting illnesses, caring for them and their families regardless of faith, age, race and financial position.
Our care involves a multi-disciplinary team of doctors, nurses, medical social workers, counsellors, pastoral care workers and therapists working together to care for our patients.
Canossian Daughters of Charity
The Canossian Daughters of Charity is an International Religious Institute founded in 1808 in Italy by St Magdalene of Canossa. It was established in Singapore in 1894. Presently there are 53 Canossian Sisters serving the Archdiocese of Singapore as well as doing mission outreach overseas.
Catholic Family Life (CFL)
We started in 1985 as Family Life Society (FLS), a registered charity and a member of the National Council of Social Services. Rooted in our Catholic Christian ethos, FLS mission was to reach out to ALL, with the mission to strengthen families, marriages and uphold dignity of life.
After 35 years, we endeavour to serve all families better as Catholic Family Life (CFL), whilst remaining true to our roots and Catholic Christian ethos. Our mission is to form, empower and restore all individuals at every stage of life, through the creation of family-centric services and programmes. We hope to bring beauty, truth and goodness into family life and marriage. We continue to promote the dignity of life and awareness of living out our true identity as Children of God, enabling communities of life and love to flourish.
Catholic Nurses Guild (CNG)
An association of committed and caring nurses who strive to uphold technical competence according to Christian moral principles through:
a) fostering and promoting professional and spiritual growth of its members;
b) participating in pastoral and community programmes towards the sick, handicapped and the elderly.
Vision: Proclaim Christ to All
Mission: Be a Living Gospel
Motto: In Joyful Loving Service
Clare’s Missionary (CM) was born in response to Christ’s call to Poverty of Spirit (Mt 19.21), Social Justice (Mt 25.35) and Evangelisation (Mt 28.19). Clare’s Missionary started in 2010, is based on the concept of Christ in the Marketplace. Jesus must be made flesh in the hearts and lives of people. We need to be out among the needy, the lonely and those hungry for love in order to bring Jesus’ love to them. Those who do not know Christ will probably not step into a church but they may stop by a shop in their neighbourhood. This is where Clare’s Missionary comes in – bringing Christ into people’s daily lives.
Epiphany’s mission is evangelisation, both in the local and overseas contexts. Epiphany evangelise through the spreading of mission awareness among the parishioners of the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) in Singapore. It organises outreach events and encourages the parishioners of IHM to invite non-Catholic neighbours to participate in its events.
In addition, Epiphany helps to maintain a Catholic presence in non-Catholic environments through humanitarian aid, mainly in the form of education programmes with the long-term aim of uplifting the standard of living among poor families. Epiphany seeks to show the face of Christ through visits, material aid and support of education to the poor.
Fishing Rod Society
The name of Fishing Rod Society came from the quote “Give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime”. Fishing Rod Society’s main overseas project is Agape Centre, where they serve refugees from Myanmar in Kuala Lumpur, and focus on two key areas: education for the poor and comfort for the sick.
Infant Jesus Homes and Children's Centres (IJHCC)
The Infant Jesus Homes and Children’s Centres (IJHCC) is a registered charity organisation with IPC (Institution of a Public Character) status. We are endorsed by the Catholic Archdiocese of Singapore, a member organisation of Caritas Singapore (CSCC) and National Council of Social Services (NCSS).
The IJHCC serves children and youth from diverse racial groups and religions. A caring environment and support, conducive to balanced growth and personal formation is paramount in helping the children and youth grow in motivation, maturity and confidence, to become positive, independent and responsible adults in the future.
Mamre Oaks Ltd is a non-profit organization and a member organisation of Caritas Singapore. Founded by a group of friends who believe that persons with intellectual & developmental disabilities (IDD), the weakest in any society, are gifts from God with their rights to a fulfilling life like anyone else.
As a member organization of the Catholic Church, Mamre Oaks carries out its businesses according to Catholic Social Teachings. Although we are founded on Catholic soil, we welcome all regardless of race and religion.
Morning Star Community Services
Morning Star Community Services is a registered charity and Institution of Public Character (IPC) which aims to enrich and strengthen family relationships in Singapore. By empowering individuals and families, we strive to build vibrant communities that can make a difference to society.
Founded in 1999 with our first centre in Lorong Low Koon, we have since expanded to six centres. Services offered by Morning Star Community Services include after-school care services and CareNights, a newly launched initiative which offers temporary caregiving as a respite for parents aspiring to upgrade or are facing difficulties.
In a world where challenges to harmonious family relationships are increasing in intensity, Morning Star Community Services also provides upstream, preventive and early intervention programmes, family life education workshops and counselling services.
In 2010, after hearing about the plight of underprivileged children in orphanages, a small group of friends made an ad-hoc trip to organise a Christmas party for children in Myanmar. They were moved to action after they visited the Girls Orphanage run by the Nuns, which provides girls from impoverished families and orphans with food, education and lodging. In the last 10 years, this initiative has grown and helped more than 8 orphanages and boarding houses in Myanmar and it is still growing beyond its initial reach.
Sowers in God's Name (SiGN)
Sowers in God’s Name (SiGN) was conceived on 5th September 2009, in the year of the Parish’s 50th anniversary celebrations. In December 2009, she sent her first parish mission team to Cambodia. After making five parish mission awareness and exploratory mission trips to Cambodia, the Philippines and Sabah, our parish decided on 19th April 2012 to support the work of the Congregation of Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception (FSIC) in Paitan, Sabah, and in particular, to support the kindergartens set up by FSIC for the children in Paitan. This is because we affirm their conviction that education is an agent of change – a change for a better future, and where better to start than with the children.
Abilities Beyond Limitations and Expectations (ABLE)
Abilities Beyond Limitations and Expectations Ltd (ABLE) provides rehabilitation therapy, training and job support to empower physically challenged beneficiaries to return to suitable and sustainable employment. We also support family caregivers and their physically challenged care recipients with centre- and home-based respite services. For persons with mobility challenges, ABLE offers wheelchair-accessible transport at reasonable rates.
ANAK-Tnk was founded in 1998 to support Manila’s most unfortunate children: those living in extreme poverty in the streets and in the slums of the capital city of the Philippines. Today, the foundation is run by Executive Director Father Matthieu Dauchez and Ms. Gloria Recio alongside a multidisciplinary team of local professionals. The foundation’s action and purpose are being supported outside the Philippines by branches operating on all continents under the supervision of Mr. Pascal Breton.
ANAK-Tnk focuses on areas such as Education, Nutrition, Health, and Protection for street children, child scavengers, slum children, and children with special needs.
Boys’ Town is a charity founded by the Montfort Brothers of St. Gabriel in 1948. Its key services include residential care, fostering service, respite care, youth outreach, adventure therapy and clinical intervention.
Boys’ Town serves both boys and girls, from infants to young adults. It helps children and youths who come from disadvantaged and disengaged families who may have faced hardship resulting from difficult home situations, financial struggles, abandonment, and abuse. Boys’ Town equips the children and youth in need with skills to become socially integrated, responsible and contributing members of society.
Catholic Aids Response Effort (CARE)
Catholic Aids Response Effort (CARE) provides care to people living with HIV/AIDS and their families. The team (comprising staff and volunteers) provides befriending, counselling and support through various programmes.
PROGRAMMES AND ACTIVITIES
CARE’s primary programme is running the shelter for homeless men who are living with HIV/AIDS. Besides catering to their physical needs like temporary lodging, clothing and food, CARE adopts a holistic approach towards helping them return to society and lead a fulfilling life.
The non-residential programme provides financial assistance and other forms of support for HIV+ women and their families. This includes monthly food ration, school transport money for school-going children, school textbook allowance among others.
CARE also conducts regular outreach programmes at Catholic schools and parishes to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS.
Executive Director: Mr Michael Charles Loh
Telephone: +65 6353 5440 Fax:+65 6255 4884
Catholic Lawyers Guild (CLG)
The Catholic Lawyers Guild provides mutual support and encouragement amongst lawyers for the sanctification of their professional work, as well as the provision of legal assistance to the Church and persons in need.
Catholic Welfare Services (CWS)
Catholic Welfare Services (CWS) was founded in 1959 on the spirit of the Good Shepherd to lead people to love and fulfillment, and the Spirit of the Good Samaritan to help those who have fallen along the way.
Over the years, CWS has grown to become an action arm of the Catholic Church in Singapore, alleviating poverty and distress among the lost sheep of society, irrespective of race or religion, by being their caring shepherd.
Clarity Singapore is a Catholic charity that provides services to persons with mental health conditions live meaningful lives through support, therapy, acceptance and recovery.
We aim to help anyone in all walks of life struggling with mental health conditions arising from anxiety and depression including trauma, pre and post-natal, stress, bereavement and loss, relationship and other emotional issues.
Father Damien Society
Father Damien Society is a part of the lay apostolate ministries of the parish of Blessed Sacrament Church. Its mission is to organise activities towards the faith formation of the parish members in the Social Teaching of the Church, to support needy causes inside and outside Singapore and to serve the parish as a primary resource and catalyst for social mission in works of charity and social justice rooted in the Bible and Catholic Social Teaching.
Father Damien Society was formally inaugurated in October 2009 in conjunction with the canonisation of Father Damien. Its vision is that the social mission of the Church will be an essential dimension of its parish as a community of faith, of action and of hope.
The Focolare Movement officially known as the “Work of Mary”,
has the features of a large and varied family, of a “new people born of the Gospel”.
The word “Focolare” is Italian for “hearth” or “family fireside”.
It is a movement of spiritual and social renewal, founded in Trent, Italy, in 1943,
during the Second World War.
It aims at spreading the message of unity worldwide.
Inspired by Jesus’ prayer to the Father, “May they all be one” (Jn 17:21). It’s goal is to promote universal brotherhood and to achieve a more united world in which people respect and value diversity.
It believes that all social activities are a way for evangelisation with its members as witnesses and with the Word of God. In this age of dramatic change, it shares with humanity the painful birth of a new civilisation that is globalised, interdependent, multicultural and multi-faith.
Institute for World Evangelisation (ICPE)
Institute for World Evangelisation – ICPE Mission (ICPE)
ICPE is a Catholic Mission made up of Christians committed to the goal of world evangelisation. ICPE is dedicated to the formation and training of Catholics so that they may become more effective evangelisers. Through evangelisation, discipleship, community building and mercy work, ICPE pursues its purpose of training, formation, serving the Church and affecting the world of Christ.
In Singapore, alongside its ministries to women and youth, ICPE reaches out to the less privileged and assists in various projects, collaborating with other voluntary organisations. It also supports the humanitarian work in the Philippines through organising mission trips there.
Marymount Centre reaches out to vulnerable women and children in Singapore.
Under Marymount Centre, there are currently three 24-hour residential homes for girls, namely Ahuva Good Shepherd – Children’s Home, Ahuva Good Shepherd – Interim Placement and Assessment Centre, and Ahuva Good Shepherd – Small Group Care; Good Shepherd Centre, a 24-hour crisis shelter for abused women and their children, and victims of trafficking in persons; and Good Shepherd Student Care, which provides dedicated after-school care for students of Marymount Convent School.
Mount Alvernia Hospital
We are Singapore’s first private and only not-for-profit Catholic acute tertiary care hospital. We provide compassionate and holistic healthcare to serve all with love
VISION: Mount Alvernia Hospital seeks to continue and embody the healing ministry of Jesus Christ to serve all with love.
MISSION: Mount Alvernia Hospital shares in the world wide mission of the Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Motherhood, providing compassionate, excellent and holistic healthcare.
Roman Catholic Prison Ministry (RCPM)
To be the compassion of our heavenly Father for our brothers and sisters in Christ: “I was in prison and you visited me”. Mt 25:36
Our Core Values
The Roman Catholic Prison Ministry works in an environment which is the primarily focused on discipline and security. To this environment, RCPM brings Love, Obedience and Humility as three of our core values.
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Ryan Aw Yong
Caritas Humanitarian Aid & Relief Initiatives, Singapore (CHARIS)