National shrine dedicated in St Vincent

Catholic News, Trinidad, Sunday January 24, 2015 

Fr Boniface Ogonna (left) and an altar server unveil the church’s sign watched by Bishop Jason Gordon and faithful.

It was a historic moment for the Diocese of Kingstown, St Vincent and the Grenadines as the National Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes RC Church in Argyle was dedicated and opened by Bishop Jason Gordon on Jan 16.

The feast of the island’s patron, St Vincent, was anticipated and Bishop Gordon and nearly all the clergy in the diocese were present, as well as a large crowd of the faithful. 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

MEDITATION FOR SUNDAY 22ND FEBRUARY 2015

Meditations for February are by Bishop Jason Gordon, Bishop of Bridgetown and Kingstown

gordonGospel – Mark 1:12-15

The Spirit drove Jesus out into the wilderness and he remained there for forty days, and was tempted by Satan. He was with the wild beasts, and the angels looked after him.

After John had been arrested, Jesus went into Galilee. There he proclaimed the Good News from God. ‘The time has come’ he said ‘and the kingdom of God is close at hand. Repent, and believe the Good News.’ Continue reading

MEDITATION FOR SUNDAY 15TH FEBRUARY, 2015

gordonMeditations for February are by Bishop Jason Gordon, Bishop of Bridgetown and Kingstown

Gospel – Mark 1:40-45

  1. A leper came to Jesus and pleaded on his knees: ‘If you want to’ he said ‘you can cure me.’ 41. Feeling sorry for him, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him. ‘Of course I want to!’ he said. ‘Be cured!’ 42.And the leprosy left him at once and he was cured. 43. Jesus immediately sent him away and sternly ordered him, 44. ‘Mind you say nothing to anyone, but go and show yourself to the priest, and make the offering for your healing prescribed by Moses as evidence of your recovery.’ 45.The man went away, but then started talking about it freely and telling the story everywhere, so that Jesus could no longer go openly into any town, but had to stay outside in places where nobody lived. Even so, people from all around would come to him.

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‘Very good’ first synod for St Vincent & the Grenadines

Written By   Sunday 1st February, 2015 Raymond Syms, Associate Editor

The procession to the Church of the Assumption in Kingstown for the Synod’s opening Mass.

Having just concluded its first ever synod, the diocese of Kingstown is hoping to make its vision for the local Church a reality by 2020.

Speaking with the Catholic News last Wednesday, Bishop Jason Gordon described the January 22–25 synod as “very good”. He noted that there was great involvement by young people, who were vocal and put forward their own resolutions, and he considered this a real “sign of hope”.
The Synod, which had as its theme Word, Eucharist, and Service, was held at the St Vincent and the Grenadines Community College with 250 delegates. The island’s total population is roughly 109,000, with a Catholic community of about 6,700. Continue reading

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time February 8th 2015

Reflections for February are by Bishop Jason Gordon, Bishop of Bridgetown, Barbados and Kingstown, St. Vincent

gordonGospel – Mark 1:29-39

On leaving the synagogue, Jesus went with James and John straight to the house of Simon and Andrew. 30. Now Simon’s mother-in-law had gone to bed with fever, and they told Him about her straightaway. 31. He went to her, took her by the hand and helped her up. And the fever left her and she began to wait on them.  Continue reading

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time February 1st 2015

Reflections for February are by Bishop Jason Gordon, Bishop of Bridgetown, Barbados and Kingstown, St. Vincent

gordonGospel -Mark 1:21-28

Jesus and his followers went as far as Capernaum, and as soon as the Sabbath came he went to the synagogue and began to teach.

22. And his teaching made a deep impression on them because, unlike the scribes, He taught them with authority. Continue reading

SVG says ‘Yes’ to the Word

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Catholic News, Trinidad, Saturday, 19 July 2014 22:18
Members of the clergy and laity of the diocese of Kingstown in St Vincent and the Grenadines said and lived a resounding “Yes” to the Word of God during a Biblical Animation of all Pastoral Life (ABP) Encounter held June 13-15.

Vicar General Msgr Michael Stewart at the closing Mass of the ABP Encounter in St Vincent & the Grenadines.
Vicar General Msgr Michael Stewart at the closing Mass of the ABP Encounter in St Vincent & the Grenadines.

The Encounter, held at the Pastoral Centre at Edinboro in Kingstown, was coordinated by Vicar General and ABP Delegate Msgr Michael Stewart, along with an enthusiastic local ABP team of seven, which included Sisters of St Joseph of Cluny Augustine Quarless and Martha Sebastian. Continue reading

St. Vincent and the Grenadines says “Yes” to Encounter with the Word of God

Members of the clergy and laity of the diocese of Kingstown in St. Vincent and the Grenadines said and lived a resounding “YES” to the Word of God in a Biblical Animation of all Pastoral Life (ABP) Encounter 13-15 June.

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The Encounter at the Pastoral Centre at Edinboro in Kingstown was coordinated by Msgr. Michael Stewart, Vicar General of the Diocese and ABP Delegate appointed by Bishop Gordon, along with and an enthusiastic local ABP team of 7 including Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny Augustine Quarless  and  Martha Sebastian . Continue reading