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Suriname has a new Bishop

By: Paul Tjon Kiem Sang


More than 1,800 Catholic faithful of Suriname attended the solemn consecration of their new Bishop, Most Rev. Karel Choennie, as the fourth Bishop of Paramaribo, on Sunday January 24

After Rev. Esteban Kross had read and displayed the Pope’s appointment letter to all present, the ordination liturgy commenced. Karel’s predecessor, Rev. Wilhelmus de Bekker, was the principal consecrator, and the co-consecrators were Paramaribo’s metropolitan Archbishop Most Rev. Joseph Harris, and the president of the Antilles Episcopal Conference, Most Rev. Patrick Pinder, Archbishop of Nassau. Apart from these two prelates, the Archbishop of Castries, Most Rev. Robert Rivas, the Apostolic Nuncio, Most Rev. Nicola Girasoli, and our Caribbean Cardinal, His Eminence Kelvin Felix, were also present. Continue reading

Pope appoints SVG bishop

Pope appoints SVG bishop

Catholic News, Trinidad, Sunday December 27, 2015 

Fr Gerard County at the Cathedral rededication Mass on December 5. Photo Gerard Paul Wanliss

Another Trinidad-born priest will lead a diocese in the Antilles Episcopal Conference.

On Tuesday, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis had appointed Fr Gerard Maximin County CSSp, Bishop of the Diocese of Kingstown in St Vincent. Continue reading

New bishop in Bermuda

Written By  Sunday October 11, 2015 

Nuncio advises him to listen well

By Raymond Syms, Associate Editor

Bermuda’s new Catholic bishop has been reminded that his office was not one of power but of service.

Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Nicola Girasoli lays hands on Bishop Wieslaw Spiewak. Looking on at left is Archbishop Patrick Pinder of Nassau, Bahamas, and president of the Antilles Episcopal Conference. (Taken from YouTube video produced by Fr Toby Collins CR)

Preaching the homily at the episcopal ordination of Bishop Wieslaw “Wesley” Spiewak, Archbishop Nicola Girasoli, Apostolic Nuncio to the Antilles, urged him to develop a listening heart that allowed him to not just hear, but truly listen to his priests, religious and laity. This, Archbishop Girasoli stated, was vital if the Bishop was to exercise his ministry for the people entrusted to his care. Continue reading

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Diocese celebrates jubilees

Catholic News, Trinidad, Sunday January 24, 2016 

The Church in Guyana has begun preparations for the celebration of three important jubilees: Guyana’s 50th anniversary of Independence, the 60th year of the establishment of the Diocese of Georgetown, and the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis. Continue reading

Passion for the Word of God and a Biblical Culture at Bishops’ ABP Encounter

By Mike James – Catholic Standard 29th January 2016

Thirty-five diocesan delegates from across the Caribbean cele-brated and reaffirmed their “Passion” for the Word of God and commitment to a “Biblical Culture” at their Biblical Anima-tion of all Pastoral Life (ABP) Evaluation and Planning Encounter at St. John Vianney Seminary 22-24 January 2016 on the theme “THE 72 DISCIPLES RETURNED FULL OF JOY” (LK 10:17)” Continue reading


Reflections for December are by Bishop Burchell McPherson, Bishop of Montego Bay, Jamaica

Samuel 1:20-22, 24-28; St. John 3: 1-2, 21-24; Luke 2: 41-52

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, which we are celebrating today is the last liturgical Feast of this calendar year. At the heart of the three readings is the family with special emphasis on children. At this time of year when families are re-united and as we celebrate The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, we reflect on what it is to be a family. The family is the basic unit of our society and the Church. It is in the family that we first learn to communicate, and that we learn what is good and bad. It is in the family that we learn what love is because it is in the family that we first receive love. It is in the family that we first learn to forgive and to pray. It is in the family that we first learn about God and Jesus and Our Lady. Continue reading


Reflections for December are by Bishop Burchell McPherson, Bishop of Montego Bay, Jamaica

Isaiah 52:7-10; Hebrews 1:1-6; John 1:1-18

 A very happy and Holy Christmas everyone! May the joy and peace of Our Lord Jesus Christ be always in your hearts as it is today. For today, we have seen the glory of Jesus in the Church, in the world, in our families, and everywhere we look we see people joyfully celebrating the fulfillment of the promise of God the Father to send a Redeemer into the world. Continue reading


Reflections for December are by Bishop Burchell McPherson, Bishop of Montego Bay, Jamaica

Micah 5:1-4; Hebrews 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-45

On this last Sunday of Advent, the gospel tells the story of Mary’s visit to her cousin Elizabeth. Elizabeth must have felt the need to speak with someone because her husband Zechariah could not speak, and it was a big comfort to see her cousin Mary who came to help her out. Mary stayed three months until John was born. Mary brought a comforting presence to her cousin Elizabeth. She brought companionship and friendship. Continue reading