‘Walk with sinners’: T&T Archbishop’s message to new diocesan priest

From Catholic Standard, Guyana, 12th February 2016

Do not be afraid of being identified as the friend of prostitutes, or of becoming unclean from touching the lepers in society.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Archbishop Joseph Harris offered this guidance to 32-year-old Rev Matthew Ragbir before he ordained him at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Port of Spain, on January 30.

In his homily, the Archbishop urged the elect Rev Ragbir, who would become the newest diocesan priest, to “walk” with persons enslaved by sin and give them encouragement until, with God’s grace, they have the strength to free themselves. Continue reading

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

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

Archbishop: I have a dream – ‘more disciples’

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Sunday December 13, 2015 

By Lara Pickford Gordon

A smiling Archbishop Joseph Harris proudly shows the symbolic key to the Cathedral. Photo Gerard Paul Wanliss

Archbishop Joseph Harris has a dream. He would like to see the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception produce “authentic disciples”, sons and daughters of the Church faithful coming from the mandate given by Christ to His disciples – ‘make disciples of all nations’. Continue reading

Archbishop: Let forgiveness become a habit

Live mercy and change T&T

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Sunday December 13, 2015 

Archbishop: Let forgiveness become a habit

Appealing for a return to displays of mercy in society, Archbishop Joseph Harris said last Tuesday, mercy must begin in the home, and it should

This is the logo for the Holy Year of Mercy, which opens Dec. 8 and runs until Nov. 20, 2016. (CNS/courtesy of Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization) See JUBILEE-MERCY May 5, 2015.

become “a school of mercy.”
“The love of God and the mercy of God have to come to others through our lives. You and I are called therefore to be merciful; merciful in all our relationships,” Archbishop Harris was delivering his homily at the Mass celebrating the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, at the Cathedral that bears the name. Continue reading

Catholic Student Movement examines itself

Catholic Standard, Guyana 6th November 2015

The Catholic Students’ Movement (CSM) of the University of the West Indies, under-took a critical review of operations, struc-ture and functioning at its 25th Regional Meeting held September 25–27 at Mt St Benedict, Tunapuna.

It was attended by the CSM Presidents from the Cave Hill, Mona and St Augustine campuses of the University of the West Indies (UWI) and the University of Technology of Jamaica, the Vice-President of the University of Trinidad and Tobago’s Valsayn campus, and the Co-Coordinator of the Catholic Students’ Organisation at St George’s University in Grenada. It was also attended by the Chaplains from UWI Mona and St Augustine campuses, UTT Valsayn, St George’s University and, for the first time, from the Community Colleges of Barbados and St Vincent. Continue reading

More Masses for sensory-challenged

Catholic News, Trinidad, Sunday November 8, 2015 

Organisers of the sensory-friendly Masses are opting for smaller venues on the advice of an international group (http://www.larcheusa.org/who-we-are/larche-international-2/) which advocates for persons with intellectual disabilities.

The group, called L’Arche, and based in Cork, Ireland, shared some ideas with lead organiser Saira Joseph-La Foucade, who spoke with Sr Maria Lezama CHF.

“I got a lot of advice on how we could take the Mass forward. She recommended a smaller area to have Mass,” Joseph-La Foucade told the Catholic News. Continue reading

An encounter with the Living Word

Catholic News, Trinidad,  Sunday November 8, 2015 

By Fr Robert Christo, Vicar for Evangelisation

What is ABP?

ABP draws its inspiration from the Biblical renewal which preceded the Second Vatican Council and which was confirmed and advanced by Council Fathers in the Constitution on Divine Revelation, Dei Verbum (1965); the Bishops of Latin America and the Caribbean (CELAM) at Aparecida, Brazil (2007); and by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in the Post-Synodal Exhortation on “The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church” – Verbum Domini (2010).

TreeThe Biblical Animation of all Pastoral life (ABP from the acronym for the Spanish – Animacion Biblica de la Pastoral), which is gaining momentum in Latin America, was affirmed by the Antilles Episcopal Conference of Bishops (AEC) meeting in Guadeloupe in 2013. Continue reading