Many Roles, One Heart for God

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Peggy Lee (middle), together with Monsignors James Yeo and Peter Zhang.
Photo: Peggy Lee

Many Roles, One Heart for God

Peggy Lee currently serves in the Catholic Theological Institute of Singapore’s Alumni amongst other roles. She was deeply stirred to serve the Lord and His people after pursuing a Certificate in Theology.

My faith journey began when I was a student at the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus (CHIJ) Kellock. Over the years, the Lord slowly but surely stirred a deep faith in me , which eventually led my family and me to be baptised together in 2002 at the Church of Saint Teresa.

I am blessed with many companions along my journey and several opportunities to offer my gifts through various ministries. For example, at the Church of St Teresa, I invite the elderly and those who speak Cantonese to join the Cantonese-speaking group to know more about Jesus. I also journey with my relatives and those of my friends who want to receive the Sacrament of Baptism.

Deepening my faith

After being encouraged by a friend, I discerned for a while, then decided to enrol to study theology with the Catholic Theological Institute of Singapore (CTIS). In 2014, I was part of the pioneer batch of lay Catholic students.

I have since completed the Certificate in Theology, Diploma in Theology and Advanced Diploma in Theology that were taught by priests, nuns and lay Catholics with expertise in theology. By learning a lot more about the teachings of the Church, my faith has been greatly deepened.

In the first few lessons from Exodus, I learnt that God called Moses, who immediately responded with “Here am I.” (Ex 3:4). This prompted me to reflect more deeply on my own response. I realised that I constantly needed God’s grace and courage to respond to His call to do His will. In difficult moments, I have to continuously put my faith in the Lord and remind myself not to be fearful or anxious.

In difficult moments, I have to constantly put my faith in the Lord and remind myself not to be fearful or anxious.

Sharing the faith

Today, I am more courageous when speaking to others about my faith, allowing the Lord to use me as an instrument for His work. This newfound confidence has been such a blessing as I draw from my own personal experiences and share life as an evangeliser of the Gospel. I was very encouraged when my Primary 5 catechism students told me that my faith stories have made lessons much more interesting.

Throughout my faith journey, the Lord has called me to serve Him wherever I am. In the course of my service in various ministries, I have faced many challenges and obstacles, but I have learnt that God is in control of all situations. One challenge I face is spiritual warfare, fighting against the temptations of the devil, and therefore prayers have always been important to me as I go about bringing Christ to others, and others to Christ.

Living the faith

God has made us all differently and has called us to use the gifts He has given us to serve Him in various ways. Today, I am continuing my studies with CTIS so that I can be further equipped with the right knowledge to share my faith with others. I have thus been inspired to serve in the CTIS Alumni Association, so that I can promote solidarity and fellowship among its members, foster further interest and studies in Catholic theology and support CTIS in its development.

The Catholic Church’s teachings are so rich that it takes a lifetime of learning. I am still learning and applying what I have acquired, so that I can better steward the gifts that He has given me and bring His love to those I encounter.

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