Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Singapore
|Archdiocese of Singapore|
The Cathedral of the Good Shepherd is the cathedral church of the Archdiocese of Singapore
|Metropolitan||Immediately Subject to the Holy See|
|Coordinates||1°17′45″N 103°51′05″E / 1.29596°N 103.85131°E|
|Area||639 km2 (247 sq mi)|
(as of 2010)|
|Cathedral||Cathedral of the Good Shepherd|
Philip Heng S.J.
|Emeritus Bishops||Nicholas Chia Archbishop Emeritus (2001-2013)|
|Website of the Archdiocese|
The Archdiocese of Singapore (Latin: Archidioecesis Singaporensis) is an exempt archdiocese of the Latin Church of the Catholic Church. Its territory includes all of Singapore. Its current archbishop is the Most Reverend Monsignor William Goh Seng Chye, D.D., S.T.L.. Archbishop Goh took over the Archdiocese on 18 May 2013, after Pope Francis accepted the resignation of his predecessor Archbishop Nicholas Chia Yeck Joo. The Cathedral of the Good Shepherd is the cathedral church of the Archdiocese of Singapore.
The archdiocese is made up of five districts covering the entire city-state of Singapore. They are the City District, East District, West District, North District and the Serangoon District.
As an exempt diocese, the archdiocese is not a part of an ecclesiastical province, but comes under the direct jurisdiction of the Holy See. The archdiocese is a member of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei.
The Roman Catholic Church in Singapore was initially under the jurisdiction of the Diocese of Malacca, which was established on 4 February 1558 as a suffragan (other being Diocese of Cochin) to the Archdiocese of Goa.
The diocese of Malacca was transferred to the Vicariate Apostolic of Ava and Pegu in 1838 and then the Vicariate Apostolic of Siam in 1840. In 1841, the Church was placed under the jurisdiction of the Vicariate Apostolic of Western Siam that was erected from the Vicariate Apostolic of Siam. Initially called the Vicariate Apostolic of Western Siam, the name was changed to the Vicariate Apostolic of the Malay Peninsula and finally the Vicariate Apostolic of Malacca-Singapore.
In 1888, the Church was once again placed under the jurisdiction of the Diocese of Malacca when the Diocese was revived. The Diocese of Malacca was raised to the rank of an archdiocese in 1953. In 1955, the Archdiocese of Malacca was split and an ecclesiastical province was formed in its place comprising the Archdiocese of Malacca-Singapore as the metropolitan see and the Diocese of Kuala Lumpur and Diocese of Penang as suffragan dioceses.
In 1972, the Archdiocese of Malacca-Singapore was split into the Diocese of Malacca-Johor and the Archdiocese of Singapore with the Archdiocese of Singapore coming under the direct jurisdiction of the Holy See.
From 1838 to 1981, there was dual jurisdiction situation in Singapore, one tracing authority from the Vicariate Apostolate of Siam down to the present Archdiocese of Singapore and the other with the authority from the Portuguese Mission first from the Archdiocese of Goa and then the Diocese of Macau. This was a legacy of the padroado pronouncement in the 16th century. Dual jurisdiction was ended in 1981 and the whole Archdiocese is under the leadership of the Ordinary of Singapore.
Diocese of Malacca
- (1558-1576) Jorge de Santa Luzia, O.P.
- (1579-1601) João Ribeiro Gaio
- (1604-1612) Cristovão da Sá e Lisboa, O.S.H.
- (1613-1632) Gonçalvo (Gonzalo) da Silva
- (1637-1638) António do Rosário, O.P.
- Sede vacante (1637-1691)
- (1691-1701) Antonio a Saint Theresia, O.F.M.
- (1701-1738) Emmanuel a Santo Antonio, O.P.
- (1738-1743) Antonio de Castro
- (1746-1748) Miguel de Bulhões e Souza, O.P.
- (1748-1760 Gerardo de São José, O.P.
- Sede vacante (1760-1782)
- (1782-1785) Alexandre da Sagrada Familia Ferreira da Silva, O.F.M.
- Sede vacante (1785-1804)
- (1804-1815) Francisco de São Dâmaso Abreu Vieira, O.F.M.
- Sede vacante (1815-1838)
- Sé suprimida (1838-1841)
Vicariate Apostolic of Malacca-Singapore
- (1841–1844) Bishop Jean-Paul-Hilaire-Michel Courvezy (Vicar Apostolic of Siam from 1834-1841)
- (1845–1871) Bishop Jean-Baptiste Boucho
- (1871–1877) Bishop Michel-Esther Le Turdu
- (1878–1888) Bishop Edouard Gasnier
Diocese of Malacca
- (1888–1896) Bishop Edouard Gasnier
- (1896–1904) Bishop René-Michel-Marie Fée
- (1904–1933) Bishop Marie-Luc-Alphonse-Emile Barillon
- (1934–1945) Bishop Adrien Pierre Devals
- (1947–1953) Bishop Michel Olçomendy
Archdiocese of Malacca
- (1953–1955) Archbishop Michel Olçomendy
Archdiocese of Malacca-Singapore (Metropolitan See)
- (1955–1972) Archbishop Michel Olçomendy
Archdiocese of Singapore
- (1972–1976) Archbishop Michel Olçomendy
- (1977–2000) Archbishop Gregory Yong Sooi Ngean
- (2001–2013) Archbishop Nicholas Chia Yeck Joo
- (2013–present) Archbishop William Goh Seng Chye
- Roman Catholic population: 303,000 (including PRs, Expats and Immigrants)
- Churches: 31
- Seminary: 1
- Diocesan Priests: 71
- Religious Priests: 71
- Religious Brothers: 36
- Religious Sisters: 166
- Candidates for the Priesthood: 12
- Baptisms: 3521
- Catechumens: 895
- Marriages: 977
- Charitable and Social Institutions: 18
- Educational Institutions: 54 Schools, 53,124 Students
Key Office Holders (2013)
- Vicar General (Pastoral), Rev Msgr Ambrose Vaz
- Vicar General (Administration and Religious), Rev Msgr Philip Heng S.J.
- Chancellor, Rev Fr John-Paul Tan O.F.M
- Episcopal Vicar for the New Evangelisation, Rev Fr Terence Pereira
- Financial Administrator, Deacon Clement Chen
Of the thirty-one churches, three City District churches namely, the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, Saint Joseph's Church and the Church of Saint Alphonsus are not parishes.
- City District
- Cathedral of the Good Shepherd - 'A' Queen Street
- Saint Joseph's Church - 143 Victoria Street
- Church of Saints Peter and Paul - 225A Queen Street
- Church of Our Lady of Lourdes - 50 Ophir Road
- Church of the Sacred Heart- 111 Tank Road
- Church of Saint Teresa - 510 Kampong Bahru Road
- Church of Saint Alphonsus (Novena Church) - 300 Thomson Road
- Church of Saint Bernadette - 12 Zion Road
- Church of Saint Michael - 17 Saint Michael's Road
- East District
- West District
- Church of Saint Ignatius - 120 King's Road
- Blessed Sacrament Church - 1 Commonwealth Drive
- Church of St Mary of the Angels - 5 Bukit Batok East Avenue 2
- Church of Saint Francis of Assisi - 200 Boon Lay Avenue
- Church of the Holy Cross - 450 Clementi Avenue 1
- North District
- Church of Saint Joseph - 620 Upper Bukit Timah Road
- Church of Saint Anthony - 25 Woodlands Avenue 1
- Church of the Holy Spirit - 248 Upper Thomson Road
- Church of the Risen Christ - 91 Toa Payoh Central
- Church of Our Lady Star of the Sea - 10 Yishun Street 22
- Church of Christ the King - 2221 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8
- Serangoon District
- Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary - 1259 Upper Serangoon Road
- Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary - 24 Highland Road
- Church of Saint Francis Xavier - 63A Chartwell Drive
- St Anne's Church - 66 Sengkang East Way
- Church of Saint Vincent de Paul - 301 Yio Chu Kang Road
- Church of the Transfiguration - Punggol Central
- St Francis Xavier Major Seminary
- Archbishop William Goh Seng Chye
- Archbishop Emeritus Nicholas Chia Yeck Joo
- Archbishop Emeritus Gregory Yong Sooi Ngean
- Archbishop Emeritus Michel Olçomendy
- Cathedral of the Good Shepherd
- Catholic education in Singapore
- List of Roman Catholic churches in Singapore
- Roman Catholicism in Singapore
- List of Roman Catholic archdioceses
- Archdiocese of Malacca-Singapore
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