Young lawyers bond over art

This story was originally published by Catholic News Singapore on 21 August 2016. Republished with permission.

Melissa Teo

A day of recollection for young lawyers and lawyers-to-be has left them refreshed and energised.

“I started the retreat feeling tired and desolate from work. The retreat helped me gain a sense of community,” said Ms Geraldine Yeong. “I feel really rejuvenated and hopeful about life and practice now.”

Ms Hilda Foo echoed Ms Yeong’s sentiments. “It was comforting to hear others share about their struggles,” she said. “I appreciate how my fellow Catholic lawyers try to find God in their daily lives.”

The Catholic Lawyers Guild organised the July 23 event at the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Retreat Centre.

About 16 participants aged around 25-30 years attended the day of recollection.

It started with praise and worship and a personal sharing by lawyer Dominic Chan. This was followed by a Breaking of the Word and spiritual input by ex-lawyer Michelle Tan.

Then Ms Grace Ong, an art therapist with the Assisi Hospice, guided retreatants to express through art how they saw themselves in God’s plan. At the end of the sessions, all the artwork was gathered and retreatants reflected on their common struggles as well as the many blessings they have received.

Commented Ms Foo, “We know that everyone’s personal journey is tough but it is important for us to communicate.”

The day of recollection ended with Mass celebrated by the guild’s spiritual director, Fr Adrian Yeo.

The Catholic Lawyers Guild seeks to assist its members to obtain sanctity in the legal profession, and also assists people who require legal counsel through the provision of pro bono legal clinics.


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