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Caring for the people of East POS

Retired priest Fr Michael Makhan shares his memories of priestly ministry in Port of Spain and environs, and the work of St Martin’s Welfare Association

In 1970, I was one of the first local priests to be assigned to work in the Cathedral parish. It was a memorable year because of turbulence in the politics of our country. Some men had stormed the Cathedral, as they said, “to drive” out the ‘white’ priests. Archbishop Anthony Pantin asked Fr Sydney Charles who was in Santa Rosa, Arima to take charge of the Cathedral parish for good reason. Fr Cockburn and I were to be his assistants.

I remember the few times I visited some of the Dominican priests at the Cathedral like Frs Nicholas Sheridan, Brendon Ryan, Joe Kavanagh, Davey, Keating etc.  They were always civil towards us.

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