The mission of this ministry is to explore and to share the heritage of the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd. As Pope Saint John Paul said on his visit to Singapore, “…remembering God’s blessings in the past is a source of inspiration and hope in the present, a cause for rejoicing and praise.”
Completed in 1847, the Cathedral is the oldest functioning church building in Singapore. It was gazetted as a National Monument in 1973.
Volunteer guides lead heritage tours, share stories from the fascinating history of the Cathedral, and explain its architecture and liturgical significance. This includes a stop at the Heritage Gallery within the church premises, which is open from 9am to 10pm daily. The tours are open to people of every age, nationality and faith.
Ministry members also do research into the history of the Cathedral and its artifacts, and engage the faithful and the public on social media.
To sign up for the heritage tour, go to bit.ly/cgstour, and then turn up at the front porch of the church building at 3.45pm on the first and third Saturdays of every month.
The team also takes requests for special group tours at other times, subject to the availability of the guides. You may send your request to the email address below.
To join the ministry as a volunteer guide, you:
- must be baptised and be a practising Catholic over the age of 18
- have a good command of English or of another language you wish to use to conduct the tour
- complete a 3-month course and compose your own tour script to be assessed before you begin to lead the tours. You will be notified of when the next course will be, after you get in touch with the co-ordinator.
The team also welcomes those who would like to work on heritage research or on outreach through social media.