BISHOPS TOLD TO WORK FOR UNITY

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“The unity of the Bishops in the AEC embodies the hope and promises of the Region,” said Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Nichola Girasoli in his opening address to Bishops attending the 60th Annual Plenary Meeting at St John Vianney Seminary, Mount St. Benedict, April 10-15.

The Nuncio identified four areas which Pope Francis wanted the bishops to focus on:

  • Ministry on the essentials of evangelisation;

(2) Transparency as a requirement for credible ministry;

(3) Avoiding the trap of paralysis in response to the questions of the day; and

(4) Unity of purpose in mission that sustains communion. Continue reading

AEC – DECLARATION ON CLIMATE CHANGE – June 8, 2015

  1. We, the Bishops of the Antilles Episcopal Conference, recognize the importance of a process of reflection with Catholics and all people of good will on matters that affect the common good. One such matter is climate change, regarded as ‘this century’s major challenge’ which has and will have serious effects in our region.[1]

 

  1. This Declaration is in anticipation of the Papal Encyclical on Ecology expected later this year. We want to encourage you to read and study the Holy Father’s document in groups looking for concrete actions to become better stewards of creation.[2]

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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

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

Financial Report – Antilles Episcopal Conference

Summary of Audited Accounts 2013

Following the decision of the Bishops at their Permanent Board Meeting in January 2014 AEC bishops to lead by example in financial transparency and accountability  the AEC publishes the attached summary of its own finances for 2013 which has been prepared by the auditors of the Conference and approved at the Annual Plenary Meeting held in May 2014

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AEC Bishops reaffirm teaching on marriage A Divine Covenant

Catholic News, Trinidad 17 May 2014
The Bishops of the Antilles Episcopal Conference after the Opening Mass of their recent Annual Plenary Meeting in Mandeville, Jamaica.
The Bishops of the Antilles Episcopal Conference after the Opening Mass of their recent Annual Plenary Meeting in Mandeville, Jamaica.

Caribbean bishops have reaffirmed that marriage is a covenant between a man and a woman. At the same time, they have reached out to “those who espouse a lifestyle that is contrary to the divine teaching proclaimed by the Church from time immemorial”. Continue reading

Caribbean Bishops reflect on ‘Reconciliation’ ahead of Annual Plenary Meeting

CATHOLIC STANDARD Friday, May 9 th, 2014

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The Annual Plenary Meeting of the Bishops of the Caribbean, currently underway in Mandeville Jamaica, always begins with a day of prayer and reflection. The theme of this year’s Retreat was “Reconciliation” and leading the Bishops in this time of reflection was Fr. Robert Schreiter, CPPS. Continue reading