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A Straits-born Chinese, Father Michael Seet, second son of Seet Twa Tee, was born in 1883. At the age of 16, he received the "religious call to the priesthood" and entered the Roman Catholic College General Seminary in Penang where he studied for 12 years.
On Sunday morning, 2 July 1911, for his ordination, a grand 2-hr Pontifical High Mass at the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, was officiated by Bishop Emile Barrillon, and the service was concelebrated by the Rev Fathers Mariette (Master of Ceremony) and Chevauche and Duvelle. Amongst the large congregation in-attendance, were the Acting Governor Brockman, C.M.G., and his wife, and the French Consul and his wife. The nearby Church of St. Peter & Paul at Queen Street, was gaily decorated because Father Michael's father, Seet Twa Tee, had been a catechist of that church for nearly 30 years.
Father Michael Seet died at the age of 63 on 18 June 1946, and was buried at Bidadari Cemetary.
Song, O. S. (1984). One hundred years' history of the Chinese in Singapore (p. 467).
Singapore: Oxford University Press.
(Call no.: RCLOS 959.57 SON)
Ordination of a priest [Microfilm: NL 356]. (1911, July 3). The Straits Times, p. 6.
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