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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.
Church of St Teresa Reviews
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... more »
I've driven past this church many times over the years but have never actually made the effort to visit it until today. Unfortunately the building itself didn't appear to be open this afternoon... more »
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.
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