Our Priests

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Father Paul Ngo

Parish Priest

Father Luke Fong

Assistant Priest

Father Joseph Kace

Assistant Priest

Our Priests

Rev Fr Paul Ngo

Deacon Dexter

Rev Fr Joseph Kace

(Parish Priest)

From Vietnam to Singapore via France.
That is the route that brought the Immaculate Heart of Mary’s new parish priest Fr Paul Ngo Thanh Phong to our shores. Fr Paul, who took charge on Aug 1, 2020, has been in Singapore since 2007. He has served in the parishes of Holy Trinity (2007-2012), Christ the King (2014-2018) and Queen of Peace (2018-2020) as assistant parish priest. In between, from 2012, he spent two years in Taiwan learning Mandarin.

Fr Paul was born and raised in Binh Dinh, a coastal province in the south central part of Vietnam. As a young boy he served as an altar boy in his parish church and gradually found his calling. However, the government authorities allowed only 10 students every two year to join the seminary.

As the young Paul waited in hope, the bishop of Nha Trang got him a scholarship in 1996 to do his seminary studies at the St. Jean-Marie Vianney Seminary in Ars, France. After six years of seminary studies he proceeded to study Biblical Theology in the Catholic Institute of Paris. A year before he completed his Masters degree at the Institute, in 2005, he was ordained a priest.

Due to government restrictions, Fr Paul could not return to Vietnam as a priest, since he was not ordained there. His desire, however, was to serve in Asia. He, therefore, joined the Paris Foreign Mission Society or MEP. He spent one year in Paris with the MEP to get to know the community better before he was posted to Singapore.

Fr Paul wants to build a Christ-centered, vibrant, evangelical and missionary community in IHM.

He has a message to his parishioners: “I hope to get to know all of you better and to serve the community together with you, and to spread the love of God to everyone through the intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.”

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Deacon Dexter Chua, currently spending several months at IHM as part of his journey towards ordination, brings a unique blend of life experiences and deep faith to our community. Known affectionately as “The gentle bear” for his combination of strength and approachability, Dexter's path to the priesthood includes a background in Mechatronics, fulfilling roles at the Public Utilities Board and Development Bank of Singapore, and a transformative spiritual journey. An avid sports enthusiast and lover of good food, he is committed to fostering a warm, non-judgmental environment within our parish, particularly focusing on youth and Altar Servers ministries. We are blessed to have Deacon Dexter's inspiring presence and look forward to the many ways he will enrich our community.

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Fr Joseph Kace hails from Myanmar and was ordained in April 2009 in Hwarikhu village where he was born. His name “Kay-say” is in his native Hwari language and it means Joseph.

Growing up in Myanmar’s countryside, the young Joseph was tasked to cook
and clean for his large family, consisting of seven siblings. It was no easy task for a young boy who had to juggle school as well. But God, according to him, works in wondrous ways. He was given an opportunity to move to the city and stay in a minor seminary while studying in a government secondary school as long as he did well in his last primary school examinations. Armed with good grades and a desire to move to the city, he took it up and said goodbye to his hometown.

At a young age of 12, Father Joseph did not have a strong desire to be a priest. However, staying in the minor seminary allowed him to practice various spiritual exercises and follow a strick routine juggling between studying and spending time with God. It was then he realized that he was forming a strong spiritual connection, and knew that becoming a priest was his ultimate goal. After passing his secondary school, he moved on to the major seminary to pursue his desire to become a priest.

For recreation Fr Joseph enjoys fishing and loves sporting activities. He jogs at the Serangoon Stadium and is fond of table tennis and badminton and cycling. Also an avid singer, he loves to strum on his guitar and sing songs from 1970s and 1980s.

Fr Joseph has adapted well to Singaporean ways and has no issues with the local food. “I have an international stomach!” he quipped and adds that he is adventurous in his food options.

His specialization is in missionology and he strongly believes that as Christians, we should “make whatever good things you do as a mission of Christ.”

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