Bishop Karel Choennie of Paramaribo consecrated the new St Theresia Church in Moengo, Marowijne District, eastern Suriname on October 1.
According to a report in OMHOOG, the diocesan weekly, more than 600 people attended the Mass and blessing, including some from neighbouring French Guiana.
In his homily, Bishop Choennie spoke on the environment and the need for responsible gold mining and logging, referring at times to Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si (On Care For Our Common Home).
Parish priest Fr Doris Weewee was lauded for his work in overseeing construction of the new church, although when he was appointed to the parish, he was reported to have said, “Bishop, I accept and will go to Moengo, but I will not build a church!” Fr Weewee is known for his architectural abilities and is nicknamed the ‘Builder Father’ for leading teams in the construction of five new churches.
Fr Weewee thanked Bishop Choennie for his trust and support in the project. He praised the team that worked on the church saying, “There was not a day of stagnation or absence or sick leave. We started and ended each working day with prayers and thanks!” The parish priest ended thanking all for their support, financial and otherwise, “so we can celebrate this precious moment of consecration of the new church today”.