Our final year brother Gabriel Wong shares his thoughts on coming to the end of his formation journey.

This picture is taken by my good brother in the seminary then, and that is me at the extreme right of the picture.

Well, I have finished the eight years of the seminary formation. And I find myself posted to Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour. Yes, the premises at Punggol used to be designated for the seminary.

Oh how I adore that place.

Who would have thought those days will come to an end?

We entered eight years younger.

We left eight years older, several pounds heavier (quantity of increase varies among individuals), and with a lot more white hair.

How to say goodbye to a place that sits at the heart of the diocese?

How to say goodbye to a community whom we spent much more time than our own family for the past eight years?

How to say goodbye to my rector, who taught me how to play Squash and to fall in love with overnight noodles?

How to say goodbye to my vice rector, who gave me my first cassock?

How to say goodbye to the Parish Priest of Saint Theresa Church, who has a hand in my formation and taught me to be chilled?

How to say goodbye to a brother, who shares with me his passion of history and the Chinese language?

How to say goodbye to a brother, who shares with me his love to teach?

How to say goodbye to a brother, who shares with me his love for animals and quiet humour?

How to say goodbye to a brother, who shares with me his love for music and board games?

How to say goodbye to a brother, who shares with me his calories and simply orders too much food?

How to say goodbye to a brother, who shares with me about his footprints on the sand and his love for Nasi Lemak?

How to say goodbye to a brother, who shares with me so generously his vocation story and his love for tarts?

 

I cannot.

Thank you for loving me all these years, those in the seminary now, and those that have left.

Thank you for being that face of Christ to me.

It is a blessing to be able to journey together on a path that is very much less travelled on.

Thank you!

 

By Br Gabriel Wong