Nuncio tells St Lucians:We need 100% Catholics

Written By   Sunday 1st February, 2015 -By Laura Ann Phillips

As the Archdiocese of Castries celebrated the silver jubilee of their local shepherd, Archbishop Robert Rivas, they had even more reason to celebrate as he shared several bits of good news.Rivas

The congregation of over 2,000 persons at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Castries, heard the name of a new local monsignor, learned that funding was available for the restoration of the cathedral’s exterior, and witnessed the launch of the Archdiocesan Year of Youth.

Archbishop Rivas announced that Vicar General Fr Michel Francis would soon be named monsignor. 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

AEC now on world map – Cardinal Felix

from Catholic News – 8 March 2014

The papal representative to this region hopes the bishops of the Antilles Episcopal Conference (AEC) will benefit from the experience and guidance of its first cardinal.

Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Nicola Girasoli made the comment at a February 26 dinner at the residence of Bishop Gabriel Malzaire of Roseau, capital of Dominica – the home country of Cardinal Kelvin Felix. The dinner was held in honour of the cardinal and followed a Mass at Our Lady of Fatima Church, Newtown. Archbishop Girasoli recalled that he met “Archbishop Felix” in 2006 when the latter visited Zambia and was a guest at the Nuncio’s residence. He said “in many ways” Cardinal Felix reflected Pope Francis’ style of leadership and how he witnessed to his Catholic faith. He urged the clergy, religious and the faithful of the diocese of Roseau to “love him and always support him”. In brief remarks, Cardinal Felix expressed gratitude to the diocese and the Dominica Government for the celebratory dinner. He thanked the Nuncio for his recommendations to the Holy See which contributed to his appointment as a cardinal. “It has put the AEC and Dominica, as it were, on the world map,” he remarked.

 

Immediately upon Cardinal Felix’s arrival at the church, Fr Godfrey Tarimo approached him for a blessing.
Immediately upon Cardinal Felix’s arrival at the church, Fr Godfrey Tarimo approached him for a blessing. Continue reading

Nuncio on Cardinals Felix & Langlois: Best churchmen of the Caribbean

from Catholic News Saturday, 08 March 2014 22:15

 

More than 1,700 persons squeezed into the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Castries or huddled in tents outside for a Mass last Sunday to celebrate Kelvin Cardinal Felix’s recent induction into the College of CardinalsThe new Caribbean cardinals – Chibly Cardinal Langlois and Kelvin Cardinal Felix – in Rome shortly after the February 22 consistory. Photo Msgr Patrick AnthonyThe new Caribbean cardinals – Chibly Cardinal Langlois and Kelvin Cardinal Felix – in Rome shortly after the February 22

consistory. Photo Msgr Patrick Anthony Continue reading

Caribbean pilgrims celebrate first Cardinal from the Region

From Catholic Standard – 28th February 2014

“I stand on the shoulders of two great men, Tony Pantin, the first Caribbean man to be Archbishop of Port of Spain to the South and Sam Carter, the first Caribbean man to be Archbishop of Kingston, Jamaica to the north. These were my mentors, they were great men,” Cardinal Felix said in an interview after becoming Cardinal with Trinity Television of Trinidad and Tobago. This is another first for the Caribbean Catholic Church. Cardinal Kelvin Felix, the first Caribbean man to be made a Cardinal comes from the centre of the Caribbean, Dominica. Continue reading

CALLED TO SERVE- Kelvin, Cardinal Felix

By the   Most Rev. Jason Gordon  Bishop of Bridgetown and Kingstown

“I stand on the shoulders of two great men, Tony Pantin, the first Caribbean Man to be Archbishop of Port of Spain to the South and Sam Carter, the first Caribbean man to be Archbishop of Kingston, to the north. These were my mentors, they were great men.” (Cardinal Felix’s first interview after becoming Cardinal to Trinity Television February 22nd Vatican) Continue reading

Cardinal Felix ‘cool’ ahead of Consistory

By Lara Pickford-Gordon  (Catholic News, T&T)

Cardinal Kelvin Felix was scheduled to leave his native Dominica on Monday (February 17) for Rome to attend the public consistory for the creation of new cardinals at which he – and 18 others appointed by Pope Francis – will receive the accoutrements of the office.

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In keeping with Church tradition, they will also be assigned to a church in Rome. Continue reading

Raising of archbishop Felix to the college of Cardinal of first and signal honour for the AEC region

In an immediate reaction to the news that Emeritus Archbishop of Castries Kelvin Felix has been named a Cardinal by Pope Francis, Archbishop Patrick Pinder of Nassau, President of the Antilles Episcopal Conference has said, “This is a signal honour in that Archbishop Felix is the first from the AEC region to be raised to the College of Cardinal.  On behalf of all the bishops of the AEC I offer my heartfelt  congratulation, fraternal support and prayers for Cardinal Elect Kelvin Edward Felix. This is a cause for great joy and encouragement for the people of our region and especially the Catholic Community”. Continue reading

Appointment of Archbishop Felix as CARDINAL

To His Grace Archbishop Patrick Pinder

Archbishop of  Nassau and President of the Antilles Episcopal Conference (AEC)

-To All Bishops and Ordinaries of the AEC

-To the Clergy, Men and Women belonging to Religious Congregations, to the Deacons and  to all the Brothers and Sisters in Christ of the Region of the AEC

 

With great joy I have the  honor to participate  the  following  joyful and historic news for our Region: Our beloved Holy Father Pope Francis at noon  (time or Rome) today (January 12th, 2014), Feast of the Baptism of our Lord, announced that during the Public Concistory on February 22nd  2014 (Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter), will create Cardinal His Grace Mons. Kelvin Edward Felix, Archbishop Emeritus of Castries (Saint Lucia). Continue reading