Fr Ambrose Vaz was ordained in 1981. Apart from being a bibical scholar, his vocation has seen him serve the Archdiocese in a variety of capacities from being a Rector in the Seminary to Vicar-General, representing the Archbishop on many Boards and Organisations. Being very passionate about family life matters and marriage counselling, has seen Fr Vaz's deep involvement in Catholic Engaged Encounter since its early days in 1980s, both as Spiritual Director and presenting priest."
Patrick & Linette HIA have been married since 1978. They were one of the early pioneer couples who helped to get Catholic Engaged Encounter (CEE) started in Singapore, in Sep1982. Since then, besides being National Co-ordinators in Singapore, they were also the regional East Asia Co-ordinators, from 2011 - 2021, covering China, Hongkong (SAR), Malaysia, Philippines and Singapore. They have a large family by today's standard, with five grown up children and 2 grandchildren.
Alan and Marie started volunteering as House-couple , Prayer couple in 2002 , the year they got married. And progressed to becoming Presenters in 2006 after their first child was born. Blessed with two boys and one daughter , volunteering in CEE has given them the opportunity to deepen their faith and strengthen their own marriage as they served other couples preparing for a married life. This will be their third stint on the Board as Finance Couple . As a couple they also support the Franciscan Friars of Renewal in bringing Coffee of the Cross to Singapore which supports communities in Nicaragua.
Leo and Olivia started volunteering in CEE after their wedding in 2005.They took a hiatus in 2015 to grow their family. The desire to continue to serve in CEE did not leave their hearts. They returned to serve in 2018 and their 2 boys have now been co-opted to help in the weekend set-up.
David and Karen started volunteering in CEE after their marriage in 1995. The Weekend they attended before that had such a strong impact on them that they felt the call to be involved. Since then, they have found friendship and family in the community that helped ground them in their own relationship. They have a grown-up son who not too long ago used to help them prepare for Weekends when they served as the then Setup Couple.