Building Projects


The Church has to ensure everyone has a place to worship and serve God, as well as find care, love, and community.

To do this, the property arm of the archdiocese, the Archdiocesan Land & Properties Singapore (ALPS), is developing a master plan of the archdiocese’s properties. The master plan will be critical in planning for the optimal use of the Church’s physical structures.

Over the years, the Church’s buildings have been renovated as they aged, with the most recent major renovation being the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd. A new parish in Punggol, the Church of the Transfiguration, was completed in 2017, and St Joseph’s Church (Victoria Street) is undergoing renovation.

Besides the parishes, the archdiocese has several properties which are in different stages of planning for redevelopment:

  • Bethany East, a residence for retired priests (completed)
  • A new seminary and formation centre (completed)
  • An archdiocesan centre

In addition, sinking funds, which do not currently exist for almost all of the Church’s properties, have been introduced.

Bethany East

There are currently over 150 priests in the Archdiocese of Singapore, of which nearly a third have been priests for more than 30 years.

With an expected rise in the number of retired priests in the future, the archdiocese made plans to build Bethany East, a residence to care for those who have given their lives to care for others.

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St Francis Xavier (SFX) Seminary Building

After almost 30 years of usage, facilities at the Punggol premises of the St Francis Xavier Major Seminary were in need of upgrading. Coupled with the limited lease of the land, a decision was made to look for a new and more permanent home for the seminary.

Hence, the SFX Seminary Building was built on freehold land within the compound of St Joseph’s Church (Bukit Timah), and features a multi-purpose hall, a library, a chapel and ten classrooms.

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Archdiocesan Hub

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In line with the vision of the archdiocese, the number of retreats, talks, courses, programmes, services and other initiatives developed by numerous archdiocesan organisations are expected to increase in the years to come.

At present, however, the Church is already facing a squeeze to provide the needed space and facilities for the numerous programmes of archdiocesan organisations.

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Sinking Funds

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In land-scarce Singapore, the optimal use of any buildings or properties is crucial in allowing the Church to grow unhindered by physical limitations.

More than a dozen properties of the Church are sitting on leasehold land today, each facing a risk of being lost if the archdiocese has insufficient funds to renew their leases when they expire.

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