Today in Singapore I went to poke about the cathedral of the Good shepherd. It had undergone restoration works and was reopened last year. It’s the oldest Catholic church in the country, though 1840s seems modern by some standards.
An interesting titbit is that the cornerstone was laid by one John Connolly who was a merchant but originally from Tullamore Ireland. I resisted the urge to actually the guide when he said he was a British merchant.
The church gets its name from Saint Laurent Marie Joseph Imbert who martyed in Korea when he surrendered himself and 2 other priests to save his “flock”. A relic of his is preserved in the cathedral.
They also had a lovely replica of the Pieta near the entrance. Turns out it was made from a bronze cast of the original. The cat was made during the war as an insurance in case the original was lost or destroyed.
The walls of the chapel have several paintings which were originally owned by the nuns accross the road at CHIJMES.
While the architecture of the cathedral is very European it also has large louvered windows all around as a necessity of the tropical climate. The windows contain green glass which are of different shades… Turns out it is because some were replaced as needed, the darker ones being older!
There is also a beautiful rectory next to the cathedral.