In August 2013, Archbishop William Goh met with the Family Life Society (FLS) Board to discuss the creation of one body to lead, manage, and coordinate all archdiocesan organisations in the family life apostolate.
From there an independent Working Group (WG) was formed to explore the major issues around family life. Subsequently, the WG submitted its findings in a Whitepaper to the Archbishop for his consideration.
In February 2014, the Senate of Priests, with approval from the Archbishop, establishes the Archdiocesan Commission for the Family (ACF) with Monsignor Ambrose Vaz as Spiritual Director.
Since then, ACF has introduced several new initiatives such as the Catholic Family Dialogue, Symposium for Divorce, Separation and Annulment, the Catholic’s Divorce Survival Guide, Couple Mentor Journey, Same-sex Attraction Symposium to address the needs of families face in Singapore.
But this is not enough.
Based on statistics from the Ministry of Manpower, Singaporeans clock an average of 2,371.2 working hours per year, the longest in the world. With career expectations adding pressure to our relationships, there are now more than five times as many divorces each year then there were in 1980.