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Fr Arnold Francis (parish priest at Our Lady of Fatima Curepe) engages a parishioner after Mass

As the Archdiocese of Port of Spain rolls out its pastoral priorities from its Pastoral Plan (2020–25), focusing on Hospitality, Homilies, and Hymns (3Hs), Fr Robert Christo—Vicar of Communications, explores the value of a robust monitoring and evaluation system for quality assurance and effective implementation.

As a diocesan parish priest, I’ve come to realise that priests are public people. I’ve grown to treasure constructive criticism and feedback for continuous improvement in the ministries under my tutelage.

Sometimes, I hear parishioners sharing valuable feedback among themselves in the post-meeting corridors and at the church’s foyers. Sadly, I rarely utilise the results of these private sessions.

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