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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: A Call To Act

  1. We the Bishops of the Antilles join our voices with all people of good will calling for an end to domestic violence in our region. We have heard the cries and witness the pain of countless persons, particularly women and children, who have been afflicted by domestic violence. We stand in solidarity with you and want you to know that you are beloved children of God and must be free to live your God given dignity. In this year when we have been invited by the Holy Father to reflect on our experiences of the family and to revision our ministry and support for the family we wish to offer the following pastoral reflections.

EVERY HUMAN PERSON IS ENDOWED WITH DIGNITY BY THE CREATOR GOD Continue reading

EPISCOPAL CONSECRATION OF DAVID MACAIRE, NEW ARCHBISHOP OF MARTINIQUE

Mgr Macaire with his mother and father

Mgr Macaire with his mother and father

Report by Pascal Gbiki of the Diocese of Basseterre – Guadeloupe

Sunday April 12th, 2015, second Sunday of Easter and divine mercy Sunday, Mgr David Macaire, appointed archbishop of Saint Pierre and Fort-de-France on march 7th, 2015, has received Episcopal consecration before 20 000 faithful, 87 priests and deacons, and 670 altar servants, all assembled in Pierre Aliker stadium, in Fort-de-France, transformed this day in a huge cathedral. Continue reading

David Bishop Macarius, new Archbishop of Saint Pierre and Fort de France

macarius Translated From – Eglise Catholique en Martinique

http://martinique.catholique.fr/mgr-david-macaire-nouvel?lang=fr

Bishop Gilbert Marie Michel Méranville announced on Radio Saint Louis Saturday morning March 7, the diocese knows the name of his new bishop.
The Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Gilbert Marie Michel Méranville for reasons of age, was indeed named 7 March 2015, Bishop David Macaire Archbishop of Saint Pierre and Fort-de-France. Continue reading

AEC VOCATIONS WEEK 2015 – SUNDAY, JANUARY 11 TO SATURDAY, JANUARY 17

CHOSEN, CALLED, BLESSED AND SENT – EMBRACING THE FUTURE WITH HOPE

The AEC Vocations Week 2015 will begin on Sunday, January 11, the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. The Bishops of the AEC initiated this week four years ago to ensure that in all our Arch/Dioceses of the AEC a culture of vocations will be fostered and to offer support to the Directors or Promoters of Vocations in all our Arch/Dioceses, including Religious Institutes, encouraging among them greater solidarity with each other in the vital ministry of vocations promotion. The Week was also meant to encourage prayer for vocations and ensure that clergy, religious and faithful would all be aware of their responsibility in promoting vocations. The promotion of vocations is the responsibility of all in the Church, not just a few dedicated to the cause. Continue reading

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Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity: 31 May 2015

Reflections for May are by Archbishop Charles Dufour, Archbishop of Kingston, Jamaica

Love, Grace and Fellowship

 Saint Paul was right when he said, ‘no one knows the innermost self except the spirit of man’; similarly, ‘no one knows who God is except the Spirit of God.’ Knowing who God is makes us love Him as He deserves to be loved. That is why Jesus came to reveal the love of the Father. He said, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my words, and my Father will love Him, and we will come to Him and make our home in him.” That fellowship He promises is the gift of the Spirit who would live in us, sanctify us from within and unite us with the Father. Therefore, this Mystery we celebrate today is the mystery of Divine Grace revealing the love of the Father so that through that same grace we would respond to the love of God in such a way that our spirit would find its fellowship in God. In other words, the Mystery of Holy Trinity is not an invention of man but the result of man’s deepest experience of God in a very personal and intimate manner. Continue reading

24 May 2015: Solemnity of the Pentecost

Reflections for May are by Archbishop Charles Dufour, Archbishop of Kingston, Jamaica

Pentecost – We need a Renewal in the Church!

What a powerful way to conclude the Easter Season! With the outpouring of the Holy Spirit comes the spiritual blessings of joy and peace, courage and wisdom; that is why the joy of Easter should never be over even when our Easter Season comes to an end with the celebration of the Pentecost. Just as the Spirit of Courage and Wisdom overcame the apostles when they were bewildered at the loss of their Master and were hiding in fear, so too the Pentecostal experience must invigorate us with renewed vitality and courage, joy and peace in the Lord. Continue reading

Solemnity of the Ascension of our Lord: 17 May 2015

Reflections for May are by Archbishop Charles Dufour, Archbishop of Kingston, Jamaica

Mark 16.15-20

Jesus said to His disciples:

15 “Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature.

16Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved; whoever does not believe will be condemned.

17These signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will drive out demons, they will speak new languages.

18They will pick up serpents [with their hands], and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not harm them. They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” Continue reading

Sixth Sunday of Easter: 10 May 2015

Reflections for May are by Archbishop Charles Dufour, Archbishop of Kingston, Jamaica

 

Gospel John 15:9-17

Jesus said to his disciples:

“As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love.

If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love,

just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. Continue reading

AEC on Climate Change

The Caribbean will likely face the earliest and greatest impact if there’s no global action on climate change.

That’s according to Heather A E Pinnock, chair of the Social Justice Commission in Kingston, Jamaica, who addressed Caribbean bishops at their 59th Annual Plenary Meeting in Montego Bay.

She praised the bishops of the Antilles Episcopal Conference (AEC) last Tuesday for their 2005 pastoral letter Caring For The Earth – Our Responsibility: An Invitation To Reflection, but called on them to do more. She asked the bishops to consider the use of sustainable energy – wind and solar – and to educate their people about the challenge facing the region. Continue reading