The Archdiocese of Port of Spain’s Fr Godfrey Stoute, will be one of two guest speakers for this year’s 43rd Annual National Catholic Charismatic Convention which takes place November 8–9 at the Holy Redeemer Parish Hall in Belize City and concludes with the March for Jesus, November 10.
Fr Stoute, along with Fr Jose Maniyangat from Florida, USA will lead the Convention under the theme We Are Conquerors in Jesus Christ (Rm 8:37).
Eucharistic Intergenerational Masses with anointing and laying of hands will be celebrated during the Convention.
Fr Stoute, parish priest of St Peter’s, Pointe-à-Pierre is a renowned conference speaker and has ministered extensively throughout the Caribbean, North and Central America and Europe.
His “greatest fulfilment” the diocesan monthly The Christian Herald said comes from his healing ministry which has taken him all over the Caribbean.
Ordained to the priesthood June 17, 1990, Fr Stoute has served at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception; Church of the Resurrection, La Horquetta; St Charles Borromeo, Tunapuna; St Ann’s, Port of Spain and St Paul’s, Couva.
Just before his priestly ordination in 1990, he founded the Family Ensemble, a group of young musicians and singers dedicated to the spread of the gospel of Jesus Christ through music.
Fr Stoute has lectured at the School of Continuing Studies, University of the West Indies for 15 years in Communication Studies and was a lecturer at the Catholic Charismatic Renewal’s Bible School in Caroni, central Trinidad. Coupled with his role as parish priest, he has served as Chaplain to the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force and as a member of the Archdiocese’s Liturgical Commission.
Meanwhile, The Herald described Fr Jose as a “world-known speaker” and an instrument of healing. He was ordained in 1975 in the Diocese of Thiruvalla, India. In 1991, he came to the Diocese of St Augustine, Florida and worked in several parishes. He retired from active parish duties April 15, 2016 “to be able to share the Ministry invested to him by God with people around the world”.
The publication told the story that on one Divine Mercy Sunday, April 14, 1985, Fr Jose was on his way to celebrate Mass when he was in a fatal collision with a drunk driver. “Fr Jose, accompanied by his Guardian Angel visited Hell, Purgatory and Heaven.”
“During his time in heaven, he received a special message from God. God told him that the world needed healing: ‘I need you. I want you to go back. In your second life you will be an instrument of healing, deliverance and peace to my people and you will walk in a foreign land and speak a foreign tongue’” and was given the gift of healing.