Canossian Circle of Care
Throughout the 126 years of the Sisters’ presence in Singapore, the call to serve the neediest in society remain central to their work. Their fidelity to the work of their Foundress, St Magdalene of Canossa, has also seen the Canossian Sisters constantly responding to the needs of society by evolving to remain relevant.
With the closure of Canossaville Children’s Home in 2017, Canossaville Children and Community Services (CCCS) was set up to provide for the needs of children and their families requiring additional support in the community. Part of what is known as the Canossian Circle of Care, CCCS provides the supporting structure to children through a preschool, after-school care as well as a child development unit. Therapists and other multi-disciplinary professionals work together with school leaders, teachers, and the pastoral care team across the preschool, primary school, special school for children with hearing loss, and after-school care to enhance and integrate services, and provide a continuous flow of support beyond the classroom set within the walls of the Canossian Village.
“This place is a home away from home, providing the love and support needed for some of our children and their families who may be struggling at a point in their lives”, Sr Theresa Seow, Sister Supervisor of the Canossian Village & Executive Director of CCCS.
Lee Poh Wah, Chief Executive Officer of Lien Foundation, the main pilantrophy organisation supporting CCCS, “The Canossian Sisters have an established history in Singapore, known for their pioneering work in educating children with disabilities. Our collaboration through the Canossian Circle of Care is firmly rooted in their spirit to serve, embracing a relentless reinvention of the school system to ensure every child has the best shot at realising their potential.”