Fr Dwight Black – A Rare Treasure
A Mass to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the priestly ordination of Fr Dwight Black OP was held at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Malabar on June 20. It was well attended by parishioners, visitors, and relatives of Fr Dwight, including his father.
|Fr Dwight Black OP is flanked by Deacon Paul Bousignac (left) and Fr Steve Duncan at the Mass to celebrate the tenth anniversary of his ordination.|
Vicar for Tobago Fr Steve Duncan, who delivered the homily, described the first Tobago-born Catholic priest as a rare treasure who knew that the priesthood did not stop him from growing or from becoming more and more like Jesus every day in spite of his human failings.
Greetings, congratulations, songs and a rendition by young pannists were offered at a ceremony held after the Mass.
Ayoola Millington, an altar server who is also involved with the youth ministry, presented the keynote address. Millington thanked Fr Dwight for responding to God with a “yes”, for offering himself when he saw the lack of priests in Tobago, and for shepherding the flock of the Malabar parish – which includes the communities of Pinto Road, Santa Rosa Heights, Tumpuna Road and Malabar, for six of his ten years as priest.
“You are always passionately calling us to the real food because you desire for us what you desire for yourself. Indeed, it was the Eucharist that led you to Catholicism,” Millington said, recalling that Fr Dwight had indicated that “one of the greatest things that converted me to Catholicism was the understanding of the Eucharist”.
Millington added: “We thank God for your conversion and we thank you for giving of yourself and we celebrate that tonight.”