Sunday, May 19, 2013

Trini Reflection For Pentecost

 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. Gen. 1: 1-2

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Australian OP Celebrate Tri-Diaconate

Today 18th May 2013 we celebrated the Diaconate Ordination of three of our brothers by the Most Rev. Anthony Fisher OP, Bishop of Parramatta at St. Dominic's Church, Camberwell.
Pictured are from left Br. Thomas Azzi, Br. Patrick Arahatara, Bishop Fisher, Br. Karl Emerick.
Deo gratias!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

St. Lucian Becomes The International Coordinator of DSI

On Tuesday, 14 May 2013, the prioresses of DSI elected Sr. Marie Therese Clement as the new International Coordinator of DSI (2013-2019).   She will succeed Sr. Maria Fabiola Velasquez Maya who has just finished serving as the International Coordinator of DSI (2007-2013). 
Sr. Marie Therese is a member of the Dominican Missionaries of Our Lady of Delivrande.  While the m\otherhouse of her congregation is in France, Sr. Marie Therese is from the island of St. Lucia in the Caribbean where she has been living and working while serving as a General Councillor for her congregation.
Sr. Marie Therese made her perpetual profession of vows in 1992.  She brings a wealth of personal gifts and professional competencies to the Coordinating Council of DSI and her office as International Coordinator.
The DSI Assembly is grateful to Sr. Marie Therese and to her congregation for this generous gift of service to the Apostolic Dominican Sisters of the world and to the entire Dominican Family.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

AEC Makes Vocations a Priority

Archbishop Robert Rivas OP of Castries, St Lucia, will head a Vocations Commission being set up by the Antilles Episcopal Conference (AEC) in an effort to increase vocations to the priesthood and religious life, in the face of dwindling numbers across the region.

Years ago, the AEC appointed then Bishop Charles Dufour of Montego Bay, Jamaica, as vocations director liaison. However, with the dire need for priests/religious in the region, Caribbean bishops decided at their recent annual plenary meeting in Guadeloupe to make vocations a priority.

Archbishop Robert Rivas OP

The terms of agreement for the Vocations Commission are being prepared to be sent to the relevant Vatican department for approval.

Some of the ideas to promote vocations include: an annual vocations camp in each diocese; a Vocations Day; a Vocations Week; a study day for clergy on vocations promotion; meetings with parents of those interested in learning more about the priesthood/religious life; and monthly votive Masses for vocations, daily family prayer for vocations and prayer during the weekend liturgies. Dioceses will also be encouraged to allocate resources in their annual budget for fostering vocations.

The April 13-20 Guadeloupe meeting also approved a strategic plan of the AEC’s Education Commission, headed by Bishop Gabriel Malzaire of Roseau, Dominica.

The mission of the Commission is “To provide the framework for our Catholic education institutions to form Disciples of Christ and leaders in society.” The core business of Catholic education was defined as “Christian formation” and the Commission’s key areas of responsibility were identified as Governance, Values, Formation and Curriculum.

Meanwhile, the AEC is currently gearing up for two meetings later this month in Guyana. Representatives of diocesan Justice and Peace Commissions will meet to discuss domestic violence in the region from May 22-23. The second meeting, scheduled for May 24, will be for diocesan representatives of the VIRTUS programmes to address the prevention of sexual abuse of minors.

Participants who were scheduled to attend one or the other have been invited to arrive earlier or stay longer in order to attend both meetings.

– compiled from a report by AEC General Secretary Rev Mike James

St Vincent Gets New Priest

Photo: Congratulations to a fine young man who will be a great priest. Pray that God will continue to bless you in His vineyard.
Fr. Alando Willams and his Bishop Jason Gordon

On the 4th May, 2013 at a 3 p.m. Mass at the renovated Cathedral of the Assumption in Kingstown, St Vincent, 31-year-old Rev. Alando Williams a recent graduate of the Regional Seminary at Mt. St. Benedict was ordained priest by Bishop Jason Gordon, which co-incidentally was his  first since being made bishop in 2011.

In attendance were: Archbishop Robert Rivas, the first Bishop of Kingstown and now Bishop of Castries – under whom Williams began his seminary formation, the Bishop Emeritus of Bridgetown – now parish priest of St Michael – Bishop Malcolm Galt. Government and Opposition representatives, members of the clergy from Grenada, and members of the St Vincent Christian Council were also in attendance.

In the congregation were a few people from Trinidad – especially from the Tortuga parish where Williams worked on weekends for two years while at the Seminary, some from Our Lady of Fatma Curepe parish where he lived for one year, and the Living Water Community in which he resided in his final year and others from St Lucia, where Fr.Williams did his pre-seminary formation.
Fr.Williams became a convert to Roman Catholism in 2002 and entered the pre-seminary programme in October 2005. He entered the Regional Seminary in August 2006 and graduated in June 2012. Four months later, he graduated from UWI, St Augustine, with a BA in Theology and won the CLR James prize for a paper in African Culture.

Fr. Williams was ordained deacon 3th October, 2012. Since his diaconate ordination, he has been doing an “audit” of the parishes, meeting with groups, ministries and apostolates to examine their membership level, work, contribution to the mission of the Church, and needs in St. Vincent.

“Also, part of my work was visiting lapsed Catholics to find out why they would have left. I also took time to visit practising Catholics to find out how they see their parish and what work needs to be done to get them more vibrant. At the end of my visitation to a parish I submit a report to the Bishop who discusses the findings with the parish priest or relevant person with the hope of beginning changes,” Williams explained.

Concerning his priestly ordination, he said: “I think the Church in St Vincent has been looking forward to this day."

Congrats Fr. Alando Williams.

The Hail Mary with the Archbishop

Hail Mary -
Dejhan Aaron of Presentation College, Chaguanas, prays the rosary at Archbishop’s House last Wednesday. Dejhan Aaron of Presentation College, Chaguanas, prays the rosary at Archbishop’s House last Wednesday. Students of Catholic secondary schools will lead the rosary at Archbishop’s House each Wednesday in May – the month of Mary. Archbishop Joseph Harris, Papal Nuncio Archbishop Nicola Girasoli and Vicar General Msgr Robert Llanos were among those who attended. Photo: Raymond Syms