His Eminence Cardinal Kelvin Felix, former Archbishop of Castries will head a list of leading Catholic officials arriving to St Lucia this week for the funeral of Lady Abbess, Mother Marianna Pinto OSB, Wednesday, October 30 at 2 p.m.
Mother Pinto, Foundress and First Abbess of the Abbey of Our Lady of the Assumption, Mt of Prayer, Coubaril died at the Hopital Pierre Zobda-Quitman, Le Meynard, Martinique, Thursday, October 3 at the age of 86. A release titled ‘Top Catholic Officials for Nun’s Funeral’ signed by Msgr Patrick Anthony said that her funeral service will be held in the foreground of the Abbey Church in Coubaril. Interment will be at the adjacent monastic cemetery.
International dignitaries expected to join Archbishop Robert Rivas OP at the funeral include His Excellency Monsignor Pio Vito Pinto, Mother Pinto’s brother, who is Dean of the Vatican’s Supreme Marriage Tribunal, the Roman Rota; the Papal Nuncio to the Caribbean, Archbishop Fortunatus Nwachukwu; the President of the Bishops’ Conference of Zambia, Bishop George Zumaire Lungu; the President of the Conference of Bishops from the Caribbean, Bishop Gabriel Malzaire of Roseau, Dominica. Also expected, according to the release, are a number of other bishops including two from Peru, one from Guyana as well as the Abbot of Mount St Benedict in Trinidad, Abbot John Pereira OSB.
The release stated that besides the monastery in St Lucia, Mother Pinto had also founded the Monastery of Our Lady Queen and Gate of Heaven, in Chipata, Zambia in 2014.
“There, in the remote cluster of villages of Msupadzi, she built not only a church and monastery, but also a police station, a school for 400 children and living quarters for their teachers. Responding further to the cry of the poor, she built a medical clinic, and a warehouse for storage of agricultural products by the community. She raised sufficient funds to erect twelve artesian wells which now provide portable water for several of the villages.”
At the time of her death, Mother Marianna was working assiduously with her brother Msgr Pinto and Bishop Antonio Santasiero Rosa of the diocese of Huacho, Peru to establish a monastery in that diocese.