HAVING consulted the College of Consultors, His Grace Most Reverend…
PENAMPANG – Parish pastoral councillors from Sacred Heart Cathedral and Church of Mary Immaculate made a surprised familiarisation trip (FAM) to the Archdiocesan Centre where Archbishop John Wong’s office is located on 26 May 2018.
Dominic Lim, who works at the centre as Executive Secretary, facilitated a brief introduction on the structure and operation of the centre. He noted that it was a first of its kind for councillors to visit and be given a briefing.
Lim informed the visitors that the centre was ready for occupation in 1985, and was blessed by then Bishop John Lee.
The visitors were told that 50 staff are employed by the centre, which includes voluntary, part-time and full-time personnel.
After the briefing, they were taken around to tour the various offices at the different blocks. Besides the secretariat and finance offices, the centre also houses the Aspirants Formation House, the Commissions, a resource library, an archive, meeting and seminar facilities, a bookstore, and the Catholic Services Centre.
Some councillors have found it good and beneficial to have the opportunity to visit the Archdiocesan Centre and to have a better understanding of how the archdiocesan offices function, how the parishes are being cared for, how vast and wide the running of the archdiocese encompasses, etc.
They felt that such a FAM visit could not but serve to bring laity and church together for a better integration in promoting God’s work in the sharing of the Good News, and in extending His Kingdom here on earth. – CS