SINGAPORE (UCAN) -- A 34-year-old, who says he heard his call to serve God when he was a new convert attending a World Youth Day, has become the second diocesan priest from the Neocatechumenal Way in Singapore.
Timothy Yeo Teck Seng was ordained by Archbishop Gregory Yong Sooi Nghean of Singapore at St. Francis of Assisi Parish on July 17, in the presence of his parents, relatives, and Neocatechumenal members from many parts of the world.
The archbishop thanked Father Yeo's parents during the opening address "for bringing forth Timothy and offering him to God and His Church."
The only Catholic in a family of seven children, Yeo was baptized in 1988 after journeying for six years in the Neocatechumenal Way in the parish of St. Francis of Assisi.
While attending the World Youth Day celebrations in Spain in 1989, he felt called to the priesthood. "The Lord calls whoever he wishes. He brings this vocation to fulfillment in spite of my non-Christian background," he said.
With Archbishop Yong's approval, Yeo was sent to Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Rome, and another seminary in Macerata, Italy. Both seminaries prepare young men for the new evangelization called for by Pope John Paul II.
Father Yeo will return to Italy this month for further studies. The first Neocatechumenal diocesan priest in Singapore is Father Ignatius Low, who was ordained in 1995.
In Singapore, the Neocatechumenal Way started in 1977 at St. Bernadette Parish. A second community began in the parish of St. Francis of Assisi in 1980. There are about 120 members in all.
Attending Father Yeo's ordination were Neocatechumenal Way members from Australia, England, Hong Kong, Italy, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan. Father Yeo worked with a team of catechists as part of his formation in some of these countries.
Founded in 1964 in Spain, the Neocatechumenal Way now claims some 13,700 communities in about 900 dioceses, with more than 260 priests and 3,000 seminarians. It is known to enjoy the support of the Holy Father.