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Giving thanks for Archbishop Joseph Harris

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ ( & Director, CREDI

Today we gather at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception to give thanks to God for the vocation/fidelity to ministry of Archbishop Joseph Harris, the 10th Archbishop of our Archdiocese. In compliance with Canon 401(1) of the Code of Canon Law, His Grace submitted his resignation to Pope Francis in March 2017 when he reached the age of 75. He was 75 on March 19. Pope Francis accepted his resignation and on October 19, It was announced at a Press Conference that the Holy Father has appointed Archbishop-elect, Jason Gordon, as our next Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Port of Spain. He will be installed on December 27, 2017.

St Paul urges us to live in a manner worthy of our vocation (Ephesians 4:1–3).  On December 26, 2011 Archbishop Harris was entrusted with the care of the ‘flock’ in our Archdiocese. Like a good Shepherd, he recognised that his duty extended to all those who dwell in our beloved twin-island and beyond, and to all God’s creation. Catholics do not live in isolation but in community. We are called to build right relationships with others and with our environment.

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