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Happy memories

Archbishop Anthony Pantin at the Archbishop’s House, circa early 1970s with White Oak Harmonites directed by Antonio Prospect. Images courtesy Dr Kim Johnson from The Angostura collection. 

This Tuesday, March 12 marks the 19th anniversary of Archbishop Anthony Pantin’s death. Many still remember with fondness Trinidad & Tobago’s first local archbishop, like St Mary’s, Mucurapo parishioner Adelia Alves who sent us her memories.

In the 1950s when Fr Mark Connolly was parish priest at St Mary’s Church, St James, he invited Fr Anthony Pantin to help us prepare for Christmas. This took the form of a Novena which began on December 16 and ended on Christmas Eve. It was always well attended, even though it began early in the morning (6 a.m.).

When Fr Pantin was appointed our first local archbishop, he still continued to celebrate our Novena with us. We looked forward to his presence and I was fortunate to be present at almost all of them.

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