Fr Esteban Ramon Kross of the Diocese of Paramaribo, Suriname was appointed by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples as Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) in the Antilles last June. He assumes responsibility on Tuesday (August 1).
A July 17 press release from the Antilles Episcopal Conference (AEC) Secretariat expressed its gratitude to the outgoing national director, Fr Athanasius George Williams of the Diocese of St John’s-Basseterre, Antigua for his stewardship over the past five years and wished him well in his future endeavours.
Fr Kross will collaborate with AEC diocesan directors to promote the Second Vatican Council’s Decree on the Missionary Activity of the Church Ad Gentes (to the nations). The statement said that Fr Kross will also have the responsibility of encouraging the faithful to spiritually support the missionary activity of the Church through prayer and sacrifices, and “contribute financially for the support of the work of the Church in missionary lands”.