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Singapore: Saint Teresa Catholic Church

About the Church of Saint Teresa in Singapore:

In April 1935, Father Lee took up residence at the church and the Catholic population continued growing as new housing developments took place in the city district. Father Lee also founded and built the Saint Teresa’s Sino-English School and supported the construction of the Monastery of Christ the King on Bukit Teresa. This was to house the contemplative Carmelite nuns, who arrived in Singapore from Bangkok, Thailand, in 1938. Today, more than 15 nuns are there leading a life of prayer and poverty.

The Church of Saint Teresa is the only building in Singapore featuring the Romano-Byzantine style. This is defined by the use of grand domes, cupolas, and arches. Reverend Father Jean M. Ouillon, the Procurator of the MEP (Société des Missions Etrangeres de Paris) in Singapore, was inspired by the architecture of Sacre Coeur, the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, in Montmartre, Paris, France and the church reflects that design.

The patron saint of the church is Saint Thérèse of Lisieux.

The Singapore wing of the Apostleship of the Sea, an international Catholic association that serves the spiritual needs of seafarers, was launched in 1958 and continues to be based here as well.

Visiting the Church of Saint Terese in Singapore:

Address:  510 Kampong Bahru Road, Singapore 099446

Tel: +65  6271 1184

Email: cst.secretariat@catholic.org.sg

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