Cardinal William Goh
Cardinal William Goh is President of the Catholic Spirituality Centre (CSC) and was appointed as the 4th Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Church in Singapore in 2012. He took over as the Spiritual Director of CSC in 2004 before taking office as Archbishop in 2013.
In his time as Spiritual Director, he established the Centre’s vision and mission, which continues to shape its programmes and activities today.
In Dec 2004, he conducted the first Conversion Experience Retreat in CSC, and thereafter, the Youth Conversion Experience Retreat in 2010 which has gone on to touch the lives of many Catholics young and old. Today, the CER remains one of the centre’s most iconic retreats and will be entering its 70th run by end 2020.
His Eminence, Cardinal Goh, continues to influence the Centre’s mission as its President and still conducts the CER several times throughout the year.
Find out more about the CER here.
Formation of CSC Board of Directors, Appointment of Centre Director
As announced by Cardinal William Goh at the CSC Founders’ Day Mass on 15 September 2021, a CSC Board of Directors has been set up. The Chairperson of this CSC Board is Raymundo Yu.
The Board of Directors has engaged a Centre Director, Vincent Lee, who will work with the Board, and be supported by an EXCO, the staff and ministries.
Board of Directors
- Chairman: Raymundo Yu
- Vice Chairman: Francis Lee
- Secretary: Sharen Goh
- Treasurer: Jerome Chang
- Member: Cheryl Anne Goh
- Member: Cecilia Koh
Panel of Spiritual Advisors
- Rev Msgr Peter Zhang, CDD
- Rev Fr Valerian Cheong
- Rev Fr Benedict Chng
– Vincent Lee
Getting to know
Chair: CSC Board of Directors
When I attended the Conversion Experience Retreat #46, I had my first Christ encounter and Jesus opened my eyes and heart anew. Improving the lives of others has always been second nature to me, but the spiritual experience at CER ignited a realization that reaching and touching a person’s spiritual well-being is even more important. After my CER, I became proactive in reaching out to many, to bring them to Christ.
I volunteered as a regular CSC Friend who would show up on Day 1 of the CER, to meet and greet the retreatants, and attend that day’s intercession. Little did I know that God has more roles marked for me in the family of CSC.
When Archbishop William approached and invited me to join the CSC Board, I could only say yes, and cooperate with God’s plans.
The CSC Board members are diverse board in age, gender and background. However, it has one major underlying theme that connects us – ALL of us had experienced the love of Jesus in CSC and our lives changed, post our Christ-encounter.
Together with Vincent Lee, our newly appointed Centre Director, I firmly believe CSC is extremely well positioned to help everyone in the community deepen their love for Jesus.
We know what is our final goal and destination for CSC. With God’s grace and your full support, the Board, our Spiritual Advisors, the new leadership team at CSC and I have absolutely no doubt that we will reach our Oasis.
It was in the early 1990’s that I visited the Holy Land with a group of laity. Upon our return, a group of 3 people (two others and me) had the same pull in our hearts – to do something, and yet we didn’t know what exactly it was that we were called to.
We started praying, and we prayed for more than a year. We started inviting others to prayer. The intercession group (Mary, Queen of Conversion) came to be formed naturally and spontaneously.
As we prayed, I knew in my heart a call to do retreat work; I only realized much later that it was a call to do retreats for conversion. Together with the laity, we started to conduct these retreats, from Dec 1995. Many of these retreats were held in Sabah (Malaysia) and some, in Singapore (at the then SFX Retreat Centre, now known as CSC). By 2004, this new work had grown, attracting more members, and many participants at these retreats. I felt I had served and reached a time to move on, to go and serve the poor in Africa. After I left the Centre, (the then) Fr William Goh was assigned to take over and he continued the mission of transforming lives. Under his leadership, SFX Retreat Centre was renamed Catholic Spirituality Centre (CSC) and the ministry grew. He saw the importance of this work of conversion, and he put together CSC’s Mission and Vision, to be a pilgrim’s oasis for conversion, in the archdiocese of Singapore.
Some members from CSC whom I have been keeping in touch with, approached the Archbishop to have a conversation with me after realizing I still have a calling to serve the church. An appointment was set up for me to meet him. The Archbishop listened to my deepest desire to continue renewing the Church through the call to conversion. At the same time, he shared his thoughts and dreams, including the role of CSC at the up and coming Catholic Hub. He said he would pray about it and see how I could help him to continue to build up CSC. After three months of discernment, he invited me to be the director of CSC. After giving my life to serve the church for almost 42 years, I thought that I had done enough and that it was time to retire. However, as Archbishop William is the Head of the Catholic Church, I see him as the representative of Christ. So I decided to accept the employment offer from the Board of Directors, set up by Archbishop William, to be the Centre Director of CSC.
One of the key roles set up for me is to invite many to intercede for our local church, so that CSC is established as a powerhouse of intercessory prayer for the Archdiocese. Intercession is the key to ask God for the graces of conversion, healing and renewal of lives.
I invite all of you to join in the prayer, to offer ourselves through reparation and intercessions so that the Holy Spirit may use us for His work, and that we are all prepared to make sacrifices that He is pleased to use, for the growth and glory of God’s kingdom.