AEC News

Central America, Caribbean meeting reaffirms ABP as priority for Region

From Catholic Standard, Guyana, 27th September 2015


A Biblical Animation of All Pastoral Life (ABP) encounter of delegates from Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean has endorsed the high priority placed by the Bishops and Church in the Antilles for the Word of God to be central to all pastoral activity of the church in the Caribbean region. Continue reading

Pope simplifies marriage annulment process

From Catholic Standard, Guyana, September 11, 2015


Pope Francis has unveiled reforms intended to make it easier for Roman Catholics to get annulments and remarry within the Church.

The Church does not recognise divorce, teaching that marriage is forever.

In order to separate, Catholics must have their marriage annulled by showing it was flawed from the outset.

The radical reforms allow access to procedures free of charge and fast-track decisions, as well as removing automatic appeals. Continue reading

The struggle for family life

From Catholic News, Trinidad  Sunday September 6, 2015 

World Meeting of Families to tackle pastoral concerns

wmof logoThe Caribbean Catholic Church will be well represented at the Eighth World Meeting of Families (WMOF) being held later this month at the Pennsylvania Convention Centre, Philadelphia, United States.

Bishop Francis Alleyne of Georgetown, Guyana, who chairs the Family and Life Commission of the Antilles Episcopal Conference (AEC), is the official AEC delegate to the September 22–25 convention, and for the September 26–27 visit to the US by Pope Francis.
Cardinal Kelvin Felix, Archbishop Emeritus of Castries, St Lucia, will also be making the trip. Continue reading

Brickdam Cathedral’ celebrates 100 years

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Sunday August 30, 2015 


Bishop Francis Alleyne OSB preaches the homily at the special liturgy at the Cathedral.

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in the heart of Georgetown, Guyana, has celebrated the 100th anniversary of the laying of its foundation stone.

The stone was laid on August 15, 1915, the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the centennial celebration was held on the feast day three weekends ago Continue reading

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Quotes from Pope Francis in the US

Editorial – Catholic Standard – Guyana  2nd October 2015, by Mike James

Homily at final Mass in Philadelphia in which Pope Francis reflected on a Gospel reading that sees the disciples ask Jesus whether they should rebuke others who are healing in his name. Jesus replies: “There is no one who performs a mighty deed in my name who can at the same time speak ill of me.”‘

Love consists in this, not that we have loved God but that he loved us’ first. That love gives us a profound certainty: We are sought by God; he waits for us. It is this confidence that makes disciples encourage, support and nurture the good things happening all around them. To raise doubts about the working of the Spirit, to give the impression that it cannot take place in those who are not ‘part of our group,’ who are not ‘like us,’ is a dangerous temptation. Not only does it block conversion to the faith; it is a perversion of faith!” Continue reading

Sunday 11th October 2015 – Gospel Meditation for 28th Sunday of the Year.

Reflections for October are by Archbishop David Macaire, Archbishop of Fort-de-France, Martinique

Readings: Wisd.7:7-11; Heb. 4:12-13; Mk. 10:17-30

“Love only Jesus and Jesus alone before all things.”

So said an old monk on receiving a young novice to the Monastery. This (novice) all trembling, young and passionate, asking to enter the Monastery with a certain exaltation! He loved it, he wanted it, he desired to embrace the monastic life, all of the monastic life. Continue reading

Get real about marriage

Catholic News, Trinidad, Sunday September 27, 2015 

Couples must engage Church, Church must journey with couples – Fr Harvey

By Lara Pickford-Gordon

Fr Clyde Harvey speaks on day one of the triduum on Family Life at Word of Life Prayer Community, Arima. Photo Gerard-Paul Wanliss

Vicar for Clergy Fr Clyde Harvey thinks one of the biggest problems facing the Catholic Church today is that “too few married people are reflecting on their experiences in marriage, and out of that engaging the Church in the reality of married life”. Continue reading