Vision of Archdiocese
To build a more vibrant, missionary and evangelistic Church in 10 years.
Archbishop William Goh expressed this hope for the Catholic Church in Singapore when he was installed as archbishop in 2013.
These words have become a rallying call for Catholics and Catholic organisations, inspiring them to support the realisation of the pastoral vision of the Archdiocese of Singapore. The words provide a picture of what the Church of tomorrow could be:
A Church where every individual Catholic is joyous in his or her faith and is engaged with fellow Catholics as well as the broader community. It is a Church that is constantly growing in faith, conversions and vocations.
Every Catholic is a missionary, called to be “salt of the earth” and “light to the world”. This divine mission is accomplished in communion, with every Catholic belonging to compassionate Christian communities that share and live the Word of God.
As missionaries, the role of every Catholic is to pave the way for others to encounter Christ. This encounter is, at once, intimate, personal, public and communal. The Universal Catholic Church has called for a “New Evangelisation” where every Catholic knows, lives and shares our faith in all its richness.
“Increase our faith!” (Luke 17:5) was the Apostles’ prayer to Jesus when they realised that faith, which is a gift from God, is the only way of having a personal relationship with Him and fulfilling their vocation as disciples.
The Church believes that it is faith that moves mountains, and faith that leads anyone to proclaim the Gospel. Thus, the first step to truly becoming a vibrant Church, is for every Catholic to have a deep and personal relationship with Christ.
This involves helping Catholics constantly renew their knowledge and understanding of God. To quote St Pope John Paul II in his 1998 encyclical, Fides et Ratio, “faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth”. A personal relationship with God, and a deep knowledge of Him, go hand in hand.
This is important especially for Catholics who are employed in the Church, who hold important positions in ministries, as well as the priests and religious in Singapore.
Core to every Christian is a commitment to “love your neighbour” (Mt 22:39), especially the poor and the marginalised.
In Singapore, they do not necessarily hold up tin cans. They come in different forms—the migrant workers, the handicapped, the unemployed, and many others.
To be more missionary and evangelistic in its work, the Church in Singapore aims to find better and more effective ways to reach out to them.
The final approach to realising the archdiocese’s vision is refreshing structures, which encompasses the Church’s operating procedures, good management, governance, as well as physical structures.
As the Church strives to “make disciples of all nations”, it is the responsibility of the Church to also provide every Catholic a space to gather, worship and serve God.