Archbishop William Goh, in his homily during the Mass held at the school’s auditorium, said that faith formation complements academic excellence. They aren’t mutually exclusive, as in the end, “Jesus is our teacher in truth and love,” he said.

Addressing CJC educators, he said that “the only way we can form people is through love,” as students “won’t listen” if teachers only focus on building an individual’s character solely “through discipline”.

Archbishop Goh added that even teachers could learn from their students. “When you give to others, the Lord is using them to make you a better person,” he said.

Just like when a priest listens to a penitent in the confessional, the priest “becomes more in touch with his struggles,” he said.

Following the homily, Archbishop Goh blessed the college’s crest, flag and the liturgy for the school’s Masses.

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