Catholic communities in three AEC territories will this week celebrate two priestly ordinations and one episcopal ordination.
|Rev Alistair Elias|
|Rev Elton Letang|
In Grenada tomorrow (Monday), Rev Alistair Joseph Elias, 32, will become a Redemptorist priest. His ordination will take place at St Peter’s Church, Gouyave. “I believe that a vocation to the priesthood and religious life is as valuable as any other vocation; it is not always easy, but we have to face the challenges day by day, and trust in God to empower and strengthen us to live our vocation,” Rev Elias told Grenada’s monthly newsletter,Catholic Focus.
On Thursday, June 6, it will be the turn of Dominica as Rev Elton Letang will be also ordained to that congregation. Rev Letang – ordained a deacon last October 24 by Archbishop Joseph Harris at St Theresa’s Church, Barataria – will become a priest at Our Lady of Fatima Church, Newtown, Dominica.
Finally, on Saturday, June 8, the diocese of Montego Bay, Jamaica, will welcome their new shepherd, Bishop-elect Burchell McPherson, one of the first Episcopal appointments made in the Americas by Pope Francis. A number of Caribbean bishops will be present to bless and welcome their new brother bishop, including his predecessor Archbishop Charles Dufour of Kingston, Bishop Neil Tiedemann of Mandeville and Archbishop of Port of Spain Joseph Harris.