Church of St Teresa, Singapore

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HISTORY OF THE CHURCH

In the mid-1920s, the need was felt for a new church to be built near the port, in south-western Singapore. The area had a growing population, and though rural, there was a number of Hokkien-speaking Catholics.

The prime mover of the church-building project was Father E Mariette, parish priest of Sts Peter & Paul church on Queen Street. Fr Mariette died from a freak accident during the building of the church, and Father Stephen Lee saw the project to completion and had it blessed on 7 April 1929.

The patron saint of the church is St Therese of Lisieux.

In April 1935, Fr Lee took up residence at St Teresa church. The Catholic population continued growing as new housing developments took place in the district.

A convent was built in Bukit Teresa and eight Carmelite nuns from Bangkok arrived in May 1938 to start the Convent of Christ the King. Today, more than 15 nuns are leading a life of prayer and poverty.

A small school was then started and grew slowly into St Teresa's Convent, while a Chinese school was built next to the church, called St Teresa Sino English School.

In 1959, it was time to build a new church in the vicinity and St Bernadette church became the "first daughter parish" of St Teresa church, soon followed by the parishes of Blessed Sacrament and Holy Cross.
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  • It is a church located in chon ball out of a small hill. It is very clean in a white building. It was crowded but it was a weekend and relaxed atmosphere.
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  • A very nice Catholic Church located just beside a Chinese temple. Very serene and peaceful inside the compound. There’s a bell tower which the bell will be strike every hour. Interesting and beautiful...  more »
  • No MRT station near the Church of St Teresa, so only buses or taxis without means of transportation is hard to go to the traveller. So I went by bus from Outram Park MRT station, beneath the church there is a bus stop, from there climb 1-minute walk from Hill. You can look up at the beautiful church from the bus stop. Overall with two towers and dome is beautiful church of Vermillion roof in the Cretaceous. Free small because of fullest down at the wide angle is not fit the whole. Inside it didn't went exactly in the middle of the funeral, just taken in from the entrance. Hearse convictions behind the door at the entrance to the coffin was placed in front of the altar (Unlike Japan in the white minivan, left and right sides with big glass Windows during the shower was) had to stand. Had put a picture of the deceased onto the bumper in front of the hearse decorated with flowers. In various religions and sects, and ginger, Japan completely different habits that I'm available. Our Church is provided in the National Monument.
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  • ANCIENT AND BEAUTIFUL CHURCH IN A VERY NICE LOCATION NOT FAR FROM THE CENTRE AND PORT. SINGAPORE IS MORE BEAUTIFUL IN ITS ANCIENT BRITISH ARCHITECTURE. THE SKYSCRAPERS COVER TOO MUCH THE BEAUTIFUL GREEN NATURE. (JB 1841)
  • There is always a sense of peace and calm with colonial style Catholic churches and this is no exception. Quite a grand place. For me, a must visit. Thinking of attending a mass just to see how vibrant this place could be.
  • Church of St Teresa is a place for prayers, worship, singing and fellowship. It is conveniently located beside bus stops. As it is beautifully erected on a hill, that it can be seen from the road against majestic clouds. What I love the most is the Adoration Room which is place of silence and reflection where I spent almost an hour. It also has a Chapel where weekday masses are held. It has a parking lot and Church wardens to guide the parishioners. I enjo
  • Very nice church, not only aesthetically but for praying to our lord God. St. Theresa is also my guardian angel saint.
  • I went for my friend baby baptism, the Church was beautiful and easy to find. Love the pastor and the way he talked, around church you can see memoriam of passed away and can light up candle for them. :)
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