About the AEC

The English, French and Dutch territories of the Caribbean, with the exception of Haïti, constitute the geographical area entrusted to the pastoral care of the Bishops of the Antilles Episcopal Conference.

The Catholic Church within these territories comprises five Provinces, consisting of five archdioceses, fourteen dioceses and two Independent Missions, i.e., twenty-one ecclesiastical units in all. Politically, within the five Provinces there are thirteen independent nations (Belize, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua and Barbuda, St Lucia, Grenada, Dominica, Guyana, Suriname, The Bahamas, St. Kitts-Nevis, three Departments of France (Guadeloupe, French Guyana, Martinique), two parts of the Kingdom of the Netherlands having complete internal autonomy (Curacao + and Aruba ), and six British colonies (Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, Montserrat and Turks and Caicos Islands). In addition, one United States Dependency, St Thomas, enjoys observer status.


Data on Population and Catholics in the Dioceses and Countries of the Antilles Episcopal Conference (2010)

Diocese Country Diocese Total % Catholic
BasseTerre & Pointe a Pitre GUADALOUPE

455,000

83.52%

380,000

Belize City & Belmopan BELIZE

307,899

49.60%

152,718

Bridgetown BARBADOS

277,000

3.97%

11,000

Castries ST. LUCIA

159,000

66.67%

106,000

Cayenne CAYENNE

230,000

65.22%

150,000

Fort de France MARTINIQUE

411,000

80.00%

328,800

Georgetown GUYANA

769,000

7.88%

60,588

Hamilton in Bermuda BERMUDA

62,059

14.95%

9,275

Kingstown ST. VINCENT &GRENADINES

120,000

12.89%

15,469

Kingston JAMAICA

1448,000

4.01%

58,000

Mandeville JAMAICA

589,971

0.51%

3,038

Montego Bay JAMAICA

641,000

1.52%

9,740

Nassau BAHAMAS

339,188

14.64%

49,651

Paramaribo SURINAME

524,000

25.00%

131,000

Port of Spain TRINIDAD & TOBAGO

1310,000

25.95%

340,000

Roseau DOMINICA

68,635

61.45%

42,174

St. Georges in Grenada GRENADA

101,801

45.42%

46,243

St. Johns

180,849

8.29%

14,992

ANTIGUA & BARBUDA

86,754

10.34%

8,973

ANGUILLA

13,600

6.07%

826

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

23,316

10.62%

2,476

MONTSERRAT

5,879

6.87%

404

ST. KITTS AND NEVIS

51,300

4.51%

2,313

Willemstad

295,264

295,264

73.78%

217,851

CURACAO
ARUBA
BONAIRE
ST.MARTEN
SABA
ST. EUSTACIUS
Missio sui Iuris CAYMAN ISLANDS

58,548

11.42%

6,689

Missio sui Iuris TURKS & CAICOS

37,000

28.38%

10,500

Total

8,385,214

25.6%

2,143,728

 


The logo
AEC logo

Internationally, sun and sea are recognized as descriptive of the Caribbean.
The name Antilles Episcopal Conference is shown over the sea.

It is the responsibility of the Bishops of the different islands to promote within the Caribbean both Christ Himself and the redemption He brings to its people.

These responsibilities are symbolized first by the brightening sun (Jesus Christ, Light of the World) and then by the cross as it increases in size.

The Church too is the Light of the World. The twenty-one different juridical territories of the Church in the Caribbean are represented by the twenty-one rays of the Sun.

A dove then emerges from the Cross. It signifies the gift of the Holy Spirit flowing from the side of Christ, bringing the reconciliation with God, the forgiveness and the peace, won for us by the sacrifice of Christ on the Calvary.

The final picture of the Cross and Dove with the Sun and the Sea within the ambit of the Antilles Episcopal Conference depicts God’s
covenanted People of the Caribbean.


The Permanent Board

The officers of the Conference are the President, the Vice-President and the Treasurer. They are elected every three years. The current officers (2015-2017) are:

Archbishop Patrick PinderPresident: Archbishop Patrick Pinder, Archbishop of Nassau, the Bahamas

Vice-President: Bishop Francis Alleyne, Bishop of Georgetown, Guyana

Treasurer: Bishop Gerard County, Bishop of Kingstown, St, Vincent

 

 

The Permanent Board continues the work of the AEC between Plenary Sessions. It is composed of :

  • the President (Archbishop Patrick Pinder)
  • the Vice–President (Bishop Francis Alleyne)
  • the Treasurer (Bishop Gerard County)
  • the Metropolitans (Archbishops Joseph Harris (Port of Spain-Trinidad), David Macaire (Fort de France- Martinique), Robert Rivas (Castries-St.Lucia) and Kenneth Richards(Kingston-Jamaica)
  • two elected members (Bishops Emmanuel Lafont (Cayenne) and Luis Secco (Willemstad-Curacao).

Past Presidents

  • Archbishop Donald Reece (2008-2011)
  • Archbishop Lawrence Aloysius Burke, SJ (2003-2008)
  • Archbishop Edgerton Roland Clarke (1997 – 2003)
  • Archbishop Kelvin Edward Felix (1991 – 1997)
  • Archbishop Samuel Emmanuel Carter, SJ (1984 – 1991)
  • Archbishop Gordon Anthony Pantin, CSSp (1979 – 1984)
  • Archbishop Samuel Emmanuel Carter, SJ (1968 – 1979)
  • Archbishop John Joseph McEleney, SJ (1967 – 1968)
  • Archbishop Patrick Finbar Ryan, OP (1958 – 1967)

Curriculum Vitae of The Most Reverend Patrick Christopher Pinder, S.T.D., C.M.G.

Born: November 1, 1953

Ordained to Priesthood: August 15, 1980

Appointed Auxiliary Bishop: June 27, 2003

Ordained Bishop: August 15, 2003

Appointed Archbishop: February 9, 2004

Installed Archbishop of Nassau: May 4, 2004

Received the Holy Pallium: June 29, 2004

Motto: “Of One Mind and Heart.” (Acts 4:32)

Archbishop Patrick Christopher Pinder, S. T.D. was born November 1, 1953 in Nassau, The Bahamas. He attended St. Augustine’s College, graduating in 1971. That same year he entered the seminary at St. Meinrad in Indiana, U.S.A. where he obtained the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Philosophy in 1975. In the fall of 1975 he entered the theology program at the Catholic University of Louvain.

He completed the S.T.B./M.A. in 1978 and was ordained Deacon by Bishop Paul Leonard Hagarty, O.S.B., on July 20, 1978. He completed the S.T.L. (Licentiate in Sacred Theology) degree in June of 1980 and returned to Nassau to be ordained Priest on August 15th of that same year. The ordaining prelate was the, then, Archbishop of Kingston, Jamaica, Samuel E. Carter, S.J.

Fr. Patrick Pinder’s first assignment was as an Associate at Our Lady of the Holy Souls Parish. He remained there for one year. In August of 1981 Fr. Pinder became a full time faculty member at Aquinas College. In addition to this, he was responsible for weekend Masses, at the recently established Church of the Resurrection Parish. He remained in this assignment until August 1984.

In the fall of 1984, Fr. Pinder began doctoral studies at The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., USA. He completed these studies and was awarded the S.T.D. (Doctor of Sacred Theology) degree in May 1988. His area of specialization at the doctorate level was sacramental theology.

On September 1, 1988, Fr. Pinder was appointed Rector of St. Francis Xavier Cathedral. The assignment ended on April 1, 1997 when Fr. Pinder was appointed Moderator of the Curia and Vicar for Pastoral Affairs. He was invested as a Chaplain of His Holiness and given the title of Monsignor on December 15, 1999.

On September 2, 2002 he was appointed Vicar General of the Archdiocese. He was appointed Auxiliary Bishop on June 27, 2003 and ordained Bishop on August 15, 2003. On February 9, 2004 he was appointed Archbishop-elect and was installed Archbishop of Nassau on May 4, 2004 in St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, Nassau, The Bahamas. On June 29, 2004 Archbishop Patrick Pinder received the Pallium from His Holiness Pope John Paul II in a liturgical celebration in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican in Rome.

In June 2005 Archbishop Pinder was honoured by Queen Elizabeth II as a Companion of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George (CMG). From March 2006 he has served on the Board of Governors of John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio.

Archbishop Pinder was elected President of the Antilles Episcopal Conference (AEC) at its Annual Plenary Meeting held in Bridgetown, Barbados, in May 2011.