In his recent document Gaudete et Exsultate (GE), Pope Francis reminded that “We are all called to be holy by living our lives with love and by bearing witness in everything we do, wherever we find ourselves.  Are you called to the consecrated life?  Be holy by living out your commitment with joy.  Are you married?  Be holy by loving and caring for your husband or wife, as Christ does for the Church.  Do you work for a living?  Be holy by labouring with integrity and skill in the service of your brothers and sisters.  Are you a parent or grandparent?  Be holy by patiently teaching the little ones how to follow Jesus.  Are you in a position of authority?  Be holy by working for the common good and renouncing personal gain.” (GE, 14).

How do we answer the call to holiness in the multiple roles that most of us have as spouse, parent and worker?  This short workshop will explore how we can develop a spirituality of work that can help us to “accomplish ordinary actions in an extraordinary way” (GE, 17) and become part of “the middle class of holiness” (GE, 7).


John Ooi has lived the multiple roles that is his journey towards God.  He is spouse (married 33 years), parent (6 children aged 17 to 30) and worker (educational consultant). He graduated from National University of Singapore in 1981 and was given on National Day 2002 a Public Administration Award (Bronze) for his contributions at work.  He struggles, as Pope Francis put it in GE 17, to “find a more perfect way of doing what we are already doing.”  He sits on the Boards of the Archdiocesan Commission for the Family and the Family Life Society.

Venue: Catholic Centre, 55 Waterloo St, #02-01, Singapore 187954

Date / Time: 16 June 2018 Saturday / 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm

Cost: Free of Charge, Love Offering

Register at:

Enquires Only: SMS 96493893 (Andrew)