Bio of the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Singapore

Most Rev William Goh D.D., is the 4th Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Singapore. He attended Montfort Secondary, where he received his high school diploma. He began his theological studies in Philosophy at the Major Seminary at Penang (College General), and Theology at the Major Seminary of Singapore.

On 1 May 1985, he was ordained a priest in the Archdiocese of Singapore. He was Assistant Parish Priest in Church of the Holy Cross from 1985 – 1989. He then went on complete his Licentiate in Dogmatic Theology in the Pontifical Gregorian University in 1992.

Upon his return, he was initiated as Formator and Lecturer of the St Francis Xavier Major Seminary (SFXMS) from 1992-2005. In 2005, he was appointed Rector of SFXMS and Spiritual Director of the Catholic Spirituality Centre until he took office as Archbishop.

He was appointed Coadjutor Archbishop on 29.12.2012, ordained Coadjutor Archbishop  on  22.02.2013, and appointed Archbishop of Singapore on 18.05.2013

“What I hope for above all in my episcopacy is to be both an encouraging and supportive brother to my priests, empowering them in their ministry, and a compassionate and caring father to the laity.” – Archbishop William Goh

Two topics close to his heart include Families and Youths.

Heavenly Father, Giver of every good gift,
we thank You for blessing us with Archbishop William Goh.
Pour out your Holy Spirit upon him and
sanctify him as Your ardent servant, consecrated in holiness.
Mould him into the true likeness of Your son
to be a compassionate shepherd to Your people.
Keep him steadfast in times of trial, ever faithful
in obeying Your will and zealous
in proclaiming Christ to the world.
May Your divine wisdom guide his every decision,
and Your strength sustain him in his apostolic ministry.

Mary Blessed Mother, through your prayers,
help him to imitate Christ’s humility and
self-emptying love so that others
may encounter Jesus through him, for the
glory of God and the renewed growth of the Church.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ,
Your Son who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit,
one God forever and ever.


What do people say about him?

If there is anything that will stand him in good stead is that he is a man of prayer. This is something he will not compromise on and it has definitely rubbed off on me
Br. Cornelius Ching
He is a compassionate priest who desires for young people like myself to experience the love of God. His dedication to God and His Kingdom inspires me to never give up on my faith and to always cling on to God for strength, especially when the going gets tough.
Sharleen Chia
He has always been an inspiration and a role model for me. His unwavering passion for Christ, his steadfast commitment to prayer and his compassionate zeal to serve the people of God are all instrumental in motivating me in my own journey towards the priesthood.
Br. Justin Yip
He is well liked by the young and old. He is a humble, loving, caring and simple person who always helps in our spiritual growth. We have learnt many things from him as he walks in the light of Christ.
Doris Christian
A priest after the heart of God; a learned and anointed preacher of God’s Word. He manifests his love through his dedicated and committed service to God’s Church and its people. As a shepherd, he personifies God’s love and compassion to his flock, thereby touching and transforming lives.
Christopher Lai
A people’s priest, a Christ-like man of great humility who reaches out with conviction and compassion. A preacher who preaches what he believes and believes what he preaches. His charisma leaves a deep imprint in my heart!
Jenny Chan

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