On Sunday, November 26, Gail Austin-Pinder received a Papal Blessing at the St Charles Borromeo Church, Tunapuna. In presenting the blessing to Austin-Pinder, parish priest Fr Ian Taylor informed the congregation that he had worked closely with Austin-Pinder while she was Principal at Mundo Nuevo RC Primary for over 40 years. She has served as an educator for most of her life, teaching in Catholic schools in rural areas such as Talparo, Aripo, Carapo, Lopinot, Upper Guaico Nestor and Mundo Nuevo.
Serving for eight years at Mundo Nuevo, a community attached to San Rafael parish, Austin-Pinder supported the evangelisation crusades held by Fr Taylor at the school compound for the community. Children were baptised, instructed in the faith and received their First Holy Communion.
She also organised, with the help of the staff and the Ladies’ Auxiliary, an annual November Affair on the Feast of Christ the King and a biennial Family Fun Day on Indian Arrival Day. These two events brought together the residents of the community regardless of religious beliefs and customs to support the school and have fun together.