Priests Development


Overview


Priests and religious are called by God in a special way, but it should never be overlooked that they are also human, and require care as well. This is where several organisations play a key role.

  • Archdiocesan Vocations Office
  • Singapore Archdiocesan Conference of Consecrated Life
  • St Francis Xavier Major Seminary

Archdiocesan Vocations Office

The Diocesan Vocations Office helps promote vocations to the diocesan priesthood in Singapore. The Church is grappling with reducing numbers of vocations every year which could result in an unsustainable ratio of priests to faithful in the long run. The priesthood is a sacred calling that God constantly calls young men towards, and the Archdiocesan Vocations Office seeks to aid them in listening and responding to this call.

Singapore Archdiocesan Conference of Consecrated Life

The Singapore Archdiocesan Conference of Consecrated Life is the Singapore component of the Conference of Religious Major Superiors (CRMS) of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei. By joining forces, the conference helps major superiors work towards the achievement of the purpose of their individual institutes more fully, always with regard for their autonomy, character and particular spirit.

St Francis Xavier Major Seminary

Since 1983, St Francis Xavier Major Seminary has trained and formed priests for not just the Archdiocese of Singapore, but for the dioceses in the region as well. It has played a pivotal role in the growth of the Catholic Church for the past few decades, providing the Church with priests it can rely on. In the near future, there are plans to improve the seminary’s facilities and optimise its training curriculum with that of CTIS’s, enabling it to continue its crucial role in the growth of the Catholic Church in years to come.

Others

Other organisations that care for and helps develop priests and religious include the Professional Standards Office (PSO), as well as the Chancery.

 

Key Facts


160

Priests in the Archdiocese of Singapore as of September 2016

8

Years, the average amount of time it takes to be trained as a priest

22

Religious congregations in Singapore

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