The Catholic Hub



Archbishop’s Vision of the Hub


Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Since 2013, our archdiocese has been working to build a more vibrant, evangelising and missionary Church. In sharing the Good News, we are bringing the hope and love of Christ to vast numbers of people.

Within our Church today, however, there is simply no place big enough for our organisations and communities to hold their activities on a large scale and draw more people in. An opportunity presented itself when there were plans to upgrade and move St Theresa’s Home. The idea of  developing a centre for the archdiocese was thus seeded – one that would optimise the use of the Church’s largest freehold site in Singapore.

Beyond physical facilities, the Catholic Hub can bring about a greater depth of communion. Locating archdiocesan organisations together will enable collaboration for a more effective witnessing of the Gospel to the people of Singapore and reap economies of scale. Catholics of all ages can gather to benefit from different programmes within one venue.

In recognition of the site’s rich history, several existing buildings have been identified for conservation. With this, a heritage centre is planned in one of them to showcase the seminal work of the Catholic community these past 200 years, reach out to the broader community and form future generations of disciples.

This vision for the Hub is the result of years of discernment and discussions. I am deeply grateful to the building committee, project consultants and archdiocesan organisations who have been part of the development of this project. Once completed, we hope it will be an icon of communion in mission, bringing together clergy and laity,  working together to renew and strengthen the evangelising and missionary spirit of the Church in Singapore. We trust that God, who has guided us through the years, will continue to bless and direct the development of the Catholic Hub. May it be a place of God encounter for all who come to serve and worship here.

May God bless you.
Most Reverend William Goh
Archbishop of Singapore


The visuals of the Catholic Hub on this webpage are the artist’s impression. As the development of the Hub continues,
the contents of this page are subject to change to reflect updated plans.

 

Overview of the Catholic Hub

Located in the heart of Singapore and surrounded by the lushness of MacRitchie Reservoir, the future Catholic Hub at 49 Upper Thomson Road will serve the long-term needs of our Church. Sited on the Church’s largest freehold property in Singapore, it will have a total gross floor area of 46,100 m2, and will be developed in three phases.

Provisional planning approval has been obtained for the first phase of the project, estimated to cost $83 million. Written permission of the design is expected by end-2022 and a tender for construction is in progress. St Theresa’s Home, currently located there and run by Catholic Welfare Services, will move to improved facilities before Phase 2 begins.

Since 2015, the building committee under the Archdiocesan Land and Properties Singapore (ALPS) has consulted potential users on their needs and engaged the authorities on design and construction plans, including during the 18-month delay while the government studied the environmental impact of the MRT Cross Island Line

As a large shared resource, the Catholic Hub ensures that organisations, parishes and other Church groups using it as a venue for activities can focus on their ministries and fuel the growth of the Church through a wider outreach. Key archdiocesan organisations will be relocated here, strengthening their existing collaborations to serve the community better, with the support of amenities such as a configurable multi-purpose hall and retreat facilities.

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Artist’s Impression of the Catholic Hub