“The joys and hopes, the grief and anguish of the people of our time, especially of those who are poor or afflicted, are the joys and hopes, the grief and anguish of the followers of Christ as well” (Gaudium et Spes).
This, taken from the preface of the Pastoral Constitution of the Church in the Modern World, in many ways summarises our journey as permanent deacons in this Archdiocese over the last ten years. Your joys were our joys; your pain was our pain.
On February 6, 2010, 20 men from throughout the Archdiocese were ordained at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception by Archbishop Edward J Gilbert CSsR, thus becoming the first permanent deacons of the Archdiocese of Port of Spain. This marked the end of three years of formation and the beginning of a lifetime of service.