Caribbean Church

Youth use imagery to comment on issues

BELIZE Issues currently affecting Belize such as addiction and pollution, issues relating to the elderly, technology use, the call to vocation, abortion and violence and religious […]

Diocese trains adults in child abuse prevention

BERMUDA Bishop Wesley Spiewak of the Diocese of Hamilton has made it mandatory for anyone who works with young people—priests, teachers and others involved with children […]

Renewing Mother Earth

GRENADA In commemoration of World Earth Day, April 30, the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother (SSM), Catholic Students on the Move, the Environmental club and Laudato […]

Caribbean dioceses to celebrate Mission

Bishops of the Antilles Episcopal Conference (AEC) say they are committed to an intentional partnership in realising the mission of the Church with a special emphasis […]

From Venezuela to vocations, AEC discusses its vision

President of the Antilles Episcopal Conference (AEC) Bishop Gabriel Malzaire of Roseau (Dominica) has expressed concern for the crisis in Venezuela and the concomitant refugee situation […]

Archbishop Pinder celebrates 15th anniversary

BAHAMAS Catholic News extends anniversary greetings to Archbishop Patrick Pinder who celebrated his 15th anniversary of installation as Archbishop of Nassau, May 4. May the Good […]

Mental illness numbers too high – Bishop

GUYANA Mental illness is one of the saddest and most distressing illnesses affecting about one in every four persons in Guyana. Bishop Francis Alleyne OSB hoped […]

63rd APM in French Guiana

Bishops of the Antilles Episcopal Conference (AEC) along with the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Fortunatus Nwachukwu will attend the 63rd Annual Plenary Meeting (APM) hosted by Bishop […]

Laudato Si’ Generation launched

GRENADA Youth participating at the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother’s (SSM) one-day workshop on ‘Laudato Si’: Care for Creation’ were asked to hear the cries of […]

Needed: Workshop Facilitators and Recorders

Update on AEC Mission Congress From the AEC Secretariat The ABC Mission Congress 2019 will be hosted from Thursday, September 19—Sunday 22 in Trinidad. Part of […]

Conquerors in Christ

BELIZE The Annual National Charismatic Youth Rally takes place Saturday, May 18, at the Holy Redeemer Parish Hall, Belize City. This year’s theme is We are […]

Diocese opens ‘one of a kind’ youth centre

DOMINICA Dominica’s Catholic Youth Centre took 20 years from conception to the official opening ceremony of Phase I last March, but according to Bishop Gabriel Malzaire […]

Deacon candidates growing in commitment to Church

ST VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES Three men in the Diocese received the ministry of lector on their journey to becoming permanent deacons. Eardley Martin, Eustace Francis […]

Accused priest maintains innocence

BELIZE Belize-based Fr Oliver Smalls Jr has begun to pursue vindication over allegations which came to light in February that he sexually assaulted a minor in […]

Church considers suicide intervention

ST LUCIA Archbishop Robert Rivas OP has expressed concern about suicides in the archdiocese and would see in what way the Church can make a bigger […]

A church flourishes ‘in spite of all’

GUYANA In 1844 at a small village of Malgre Tout, West Bank Demerara, a request was made for a priest to minister to the community’s spiritual […]

Consider human formation to address scandal

The President of the Antilles Episcopal Conference (AEC), Bishop Gabriel Malzaire of Roseau has maintained the view that he is not “fully convinced” that allowing priests […]

Fr Keith passes, ‘great loss’ to diocese

GUYANA The funeral service for diocesan priest Fr Keith Hardless will take place 10 a.m. Monday, April 1 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Brickdam. […]

Update on AEC Mission Congress

From the AEC Secretariat The AEC Mission Congress will be held from  September 19 – 22 and to begin this extraordinary mission event, all  primary and […]

Live everyday your name – Christian*

BELIZE The call to Catholic Christians during the season of Lent is to open their lives to this new experience that Lent has to offer, turn […]

Take stock of yourself for Lent – Bishop

DOMINICA Lent is a reminder to Christians that they do not have it all together and still require a great deal before fulfilling their destiny. “It […]

Church favours plans to end school licks

ST LUCIA Archbishop Robert Rivas OP of Castries has come out in support of the abolition of corporal punishment in schools in St Lucia. “I am […]

RIP Msgr Preston Moss*

BAHAMAS The Rite of Christian Burial for Monsignor Preston Moss takes place Thursday, March 21 at St Francis Xavier Cathedral at 11.00 a.m. His vigil was […]

Diocese launches website*

BELIZE The new and comprehensive website of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Belize City and Belmopan (www.catholic.bz) is now live to the public. The site was […]

Archbishop responds to claims

JAMAICA Archbishop Kenneth Richards of Kingston has responded to a Jamaica Observer article ‘Jamaican recounts abuse by priest, pregnancy and abortion’ of a then 17-year-old Denise […]

Pray for nation during Lent

GUYANA Bishop Francis Alleyne OSB has urged Catholics to pray for the state of the nation during Lent. The prayer he commends is not just the […]

Make conversion a priority – bishop

SURINAME The Lenten season should not only remain a period of fasting and reflection. It must lead to a “tangible” conversion in all aspects of one’s […]

Church will spare no effort

Bishop Gabriel Malzaire of Roseau, Dominica, and President of the Antilles Episcopal Conference attended the February 21–24 meeting in Rome on protecting minor. Here is his […]

Archbishop challenges lawmakers on abortion

JAMAICA ARCHBISHOP Kenneth Richards believes it is unfortunate that there is need to convince some lawmakers to defend the beginning of human life. He said it […]

Castries Province clergy discuss evangelisation today

ST LUCIA THE 35th annual meeting of the Association of Diocesan Clergy of the Province of Castries was convened at the Benedictine Monastery at Coubaril, St […]

Five new permanent deacons ordained in Antigua*

By Kaelanne Jordan, kjordan.camsel@rcpos.org The St John’s–Basseterre diocese boosted its clerical pool with the ordination of five deacons to the permanent diaconate. Anulfo Rosario Martinez, Joram […]

Nassau buries senior priest

BAHAMAS A Memorial Mass for Fr Remy David took place 7.30 p.m. at Mary, Star of the Sea Church, Freeport, Grand Bahama, on Wednesday, February 20 […]

New Vicar for Clergy to help priests give their best

GUYANA The newly appointed Vicar for Clergy Fr John Persaud said that he plans to visit the diocese’s clergy to find out what their own needs […]

AEC President attends Rome meeting on protecting minors*

Pope Francis has called for all the presidents of the Catholic bishops’ conferences of the world to meet at the Vatican February 21–24 to talk about […]

Easter Pilgrimage to develop religious tourism market

DOMINICA In its quest to develop the religious tourism niche market, the Discover Dominica Authority (DDA) and a group of devoted Catholics led by Dominica-born, Fr […]

RED offices ransacked

GUYANA For the third time in six months, another building of the Catholic Church has been burgled. Catholic Standard reported that this time the Our Lady […]

Let’s all work for unity

GUYANA At his first anniversary Mass, Fr Carl Philadelphia reminded faithful the goal as a Church is that clergy, religious and lay people be united. “We […]

Pilgrims reflect on WYD experience

JAMAICA For World Youth Day (WYD) pilgrim Meghan Mair of the Archdiocese of Kingston, Jamaica, the occasion was not only an opportunity to develop friendships but […]

Youth blessed, anointed to do God’s work, says Bishop Harvey

GRENADA Bishop Clyde Harvey of St George’s-in-Grenada reminded youth of the “intimate link” between one’s physical and spiritual health. It is this link, he said, that […]

Bishop Llanos ‘weds’ St John’s-Basseterre

By Raymond Syms, Editor Bishop Robert Llanos celebrated his 61st birthday last Sunday and finally ‘tied the knot’ after a two-year ‘engagement’ as Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop […]

Bishop Llanos becomes fourth bishop of St John’s-Basseterre*

By Raymond Syms, rsyms.camsel@rcpos.org Bishop Robert Llanos became the fourth bishop of the Diocese of St John’s-Basseterre on Sunday before a packed Holy Family Cathedral, Michael’s […]

WYD delegate shares hopes post event

SURINAME One of three young pilgrims from the Suriname delegation hopes that their contingent will be touched by the Holy Spirit during the course of World […]

“Do better this year” – Belize bishop

BELIZE The prayer for 2019 from Belize’s Catholic bishop is that Belizeans “do better” this year and give of themselves more to the working of God’s […]

Bishop calls for pledges to ‘I Care’ project

ST VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES Bishop Gerard County CSSp of Kingstown has observed that the “sudden illness” of two priests—Msgr George Bardowell and Fr Andrew Roache […]

AEC Plenary planned for May

The Bishops of the Antilles Episcopal Conference (AEC) Permanent Board met at the Seminary of St John Vianney and the Uganda Martyrs, Mt St Benedict, January […]

Diocese supports Harmony campaign

GUYANA Bishop Francis Alleyne of Georgetown said that efforts towards promoting harmony are always important since humanity is celebrated in a “fuller” way when citizens are […]

Bishop calls on politicians to reconcile

GUYANA In his greetings for the New Year, Bishop Francis Alleyne OSB said that the country’s leaders would do well to acknowledge the extent to which […]

St Lucians look forward to a spiritual experience

ST LUCIA Twenty-one youth delegates will be representing the Archdiocese of Castries at this year’s World Youth Day (WYD) in Panama, January 22–27. The youths, accompanied […]

56-member contingent excited about WYD

JAMAICA Fifty-six pilgrims registered under Jamaica arrived in Panama last Monday “excited and upbeat” for World Youth Day (WYD) 2019. Jamaica pilgrim leader, Andrea Wray told […]

Christ – a different type of saviour

GUYANA The Saviour born to us is not an external agent acting on our behalf, but One seeking a place in our hearts so that we […]

Unite to build a better nation – Archbishop

JAMAICA Archbishop Kenneth Richards of Kingston said that the hope for 2019 must be that citizens do not lose the gains they are making as a […]

Bring the gift of yourself

BARBADOS In his Christmas message to the faithful, the Archbishop of Port of Spain and Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Bridgetown Jason Gordon called on […]

We need trust

GRENADA In his Christmas message to the diocese, the bishop of St George’s-in-Grenada invited citizens to hear and consider God’s invitation to trust one another especially […]

MSC receives financial aid

JAMAICA An additional 15 disabled children abandoned in hospitals around Jamaica are to be accommodated by Mustard Seed Communities (MSC) on the request of the Child […]

Caribbean Church review 2018

As the year 2018 comes to an end, Catholic News recaps some of the news highlights from the wider Caribbean Church. Church/State affairs: As Mustard Seed Communities […]

Nuncio presents credentials to Suriname President*

Apostolic Nuncio His Excellency Archbishop Fortunatus Nwachukwu presented his credentials to the President of the Republic of Suriname Tuesday, November 20 during a solemn ceremony at […]

Dominica’s rebirth

By Simone Delochan, sdelochan.camsel@rcpos.org In the latter half of September 2017, social media and news were inundated with images of the abject destruction Hurricane Maria had […]

Archbishop Rivas calls for tolerance

ST LUCIA Archbishop Robert Rivas of Castries is preaching tolerance towards members of the LGBTQ Community. He has urged that persons be more compassionate and understanding […]

Live the true meaning of Christmas, not the world’s

BELIZE Bishop Lawrence Sydney Nicasio of Belize City-Belmopan has reminded Catholic Christians that they are called to celebrate and live the true meaning and spirit of […]

Young communicators offer support to Pope

SIGNIS CORNER With the signing of a letter of support for the pontifical ministry of Pope Francis, the First SIGNIS Communication Laboratory in Latin America and […]

New AEC General Secretary ready for challenges

By Renee Smith, rsmith.camsel@rcpos.org Fr Donald Chambers of the Archdiocese of Kingston, Jamaica, the newly appointed General Secretary of the Antilles Episcopal Conference (AEC) is looking forward […]

Synod for Amazon Assembly held in Lethem

GUYANA One hundred and twenty-four delegates from across Guyana were joined by members of the St Ignatius, Lethem Region 9 parish community and nearby villages for […]

State, Church, Private sector must help the poor

BARBADOS Archbishop of Port of Spain and Apostolic Administrator of Bridgetown Jason Gordon met with leaders and members of the business community at the Living Water […]

Bishop intervenes in Grenada unrest*

By Kaelanne Jordan, kjordan.camsel@rcpos.org Grenada’s Catholic bishop, Bishop Clyde Martin Harvey, entered the political arena Thursday, November 22, when he issued a public call for trade […]

Santa Rosa hosts first of its kind visit

GUYANA Bishop Francis Alleyne OSB, 16 priests, a priest-in-training and a brother of the Diocese travelled to the northwestern community of Santa Rosa for their first […]

Rosary mission in schools

BELIZE Members of the Holy Rosary Project travelled to the Toledo District—the southernmost district and least developed region in Belize to teach the rosary at various […]

PMS director visits diocese

BARBADOS Clergy and laity of the Diocese of Bridgetown had the honour of welcoming and meetings with Fr Esteban Ramon Kross, the newly appointed Director of […]

AEC supports Pope through ‘treacherous waters’

Antilles Episcopal Conference (AEC) President Bishop Gabriel Malzaire has recognised an “orchestrated”’ effort to place a burden of responsibility and even guilt for the sins and […]

Guyanese diaspora prays for homeland

Over 200 New York-based Guyanese Catholics and friends gathered for the 29th annual Guyanese Mass, at the St Francis of Assisi-St Blaise Church, Brooklyn, New York, […]

Youth need role models, help financing education

The issue of the recent scandals affecting the Church and the need for role models and guidance were some of the concerns highlighted for young people […]

Nuncio appointed to Belize

Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Fortunatus Nwachukwu, Titular Archbishop of Acquaviva as Apostolic Nuncio in Belize. Diocesan monthlyThe Christian Heraldsaid that news of the papal appointment […]

Trini speakers for CCR convention

BELIZE Fr Trevor Nathasingh and Janet Chinnia will be guest speakers at this year’s 42ndannual Catholic Charismatic Convention which takes place at the Holy Redeemer Parish […]

Mustard Seed at 40, calls on gov’t support

JAMAICA Mustard Seed Communities founder Msgr Gregory Ramkissoon has pleaded with the Jamaican Government for greater assistance in supporting the cause. Speaking at a service to […]

Fr Llanos to lead regional Jesuits

GUYANA The Superior General of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) Fr Arturo Sosa has appointed Fr Christopher Llanos SJ of the Canadian Province the Regional Superior […]

Bishop Charles’ truth placed before God

The bishop of St George’s, Grenada reminded mourners that they gather not as a grieving community, but as a grateful assembly to give thanks for a […]

Clock ticking as Puerto Rico struggles post-‘Maria’

Religious leaders including San Juan’s Catholic Archbishop Roberto González are appealing for aid as 60,000 homes still have temporary or blue-tarp covered roofs that would not […]

‘Be people of faith and hope’

ANTIGUA In light of recent allegations and worldwide reports of child sexual abuse and other forms of abuse by clergy, the Apostolic Administrator of the diocese […]

Grenada Church pays tribute to Bishop Charles*

By Kaelanne Jordan The Board of Directors, management, staff and students of New Life Organization (NEWLO) have vowed to continue the legacy that their “visionary” Bishop […]

Live a life like ‘Bishop Syd’*

By Kaelanne Jordan, kjordan.camsel@rcpos.org REPORTING FROM ST GEORGE’S, GRENADA Catholic educators and students were warned not to allow Bishop Emeritus Sydney Charles to “turn” in his […]

Diocese mourns death of first Guyanese bishop

GUYANA The funeral Mass for Bishop Ganesh Benedict Singh—the diocese’s first Guyanese bishop took place Monday, September 17 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Brickdam […]

SVG Church celebrate Cluny professions

By Sr Clare Harris SJC Photo: Enrico de Shong The early 20th century history of the St Joseph of Cluny Sisters (SJC) in the West Indies, records […]

Bishop confirms 117

GUYANA During the course of 13 days (July 26–August 7), Bishop Francis Alleyne OSB of Georgetown visited nine communities in Central Rupununi and confirmed 117 young […]

Nuncio presents credentials, visits Cathedral

GRENADA Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell received a courtesy call August 29 from Archbishop Fortunatus Nwachukwu, who was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Grenada earlier this […]

Boarding school celebrates 50th

SURINAME The Christoforus Internaat celebrated its 50th anniversary last July with a thanksgiving service and reception. The boarding school in Paramaribo was established July 10, 1968 for […]

Presentation of letters of Credence

BARBADOS His Excellency Archbishop Fortunatus Nwachukwu, Apostolic Nuncio for the Antilles Episcopal Conference presented his letters of Credence to Governor-General of Barbados Dame Sandra Mason at […]

August anniversaries for monsignors

GUYANA Chancellor of the Diocese of Georgetown, Msgr Terrence Montrose celebrated his 44thanniversary of priestly ordination August 10. Over the past four decades, ‘Fr Monty’ as […]

Show forth the good: Bishop on marriage, carnival

GRENADA Bishop Clyde Harvey of St-George’s-in-Grenada, cognisant of the same-sex marriage debate across the globe has warned dehumanising homosexuals is against the law of Christ. The […]

AEC Stewardship Conference

Members from 14 arch/dioceses of the Antilles Episcopal Conference (AEC) gathered at the Seminary of St John Vianney and the Ugandan Martyrs, Mt St Benedict between […]

Sow peace to reap it, says Archbishop Rivas

ST LUCIA Archbishop Robert Rivas OP, in his reflection inspired by the Day of Prayer, Fasting and March for Peace and Non-Violence August 1, said that […]

Grateful for encounters and challenges – Bishop Harvey on first anniversary

GRENADA Bishop Clyde Harvey has described his one-year anniversary as bishop of St Georges-in-Grenada, July 29 as a very rich spiritual experience. The fifth bishop of […]

The end of an era for St Rose’s High School

GUYANA The St Rose’s High School which has been in existence for over 150 years was demolished last month to allow for construction of a new […]

New priest, deacons ordained

JAMAICA The archdiocese of Kingston was strengthened July 1 with the ordination of Deacon Maria Lucas Gunalan Joseph Elango to the priesthood. In addition, two seminarians— […]

Diocese prepares for Pan-Amazonian Synod

GUYANA The Diocese of Georgetown began preparations for the Pan-Amazonian Synod of Bishops (scheduled for October 2019) with a meeting led by Bishop Francis Alleyne OSB […]

Day of prayer, march for peace

ST LUCIA Hundreds of St Lucians, young and old from all denominations will participate in the second annual Day of Prayer, Fasting and March for Peace […]

‘C’est la vie!’

SVG youth post of AECYA experiences Upon their arrival, SVG youth and youth adults attending the AEC Youth Assembly (AECYA) in Martinique July 10–23 expressed a […]

Fr Leonard, 80, gives thanks

BARBADOS Fr Leonard Alfonso, at a thanksgiving Mass to celebrate his 80th birthday, thanked God for his parents, family and friends, education, health, country, faith, bishops, […]

Healing Families

Caribbean Church must get real. By Lara Pickford-Gordon and Kaelanne Jordan Abuse, infidelity, divorce, miscommunication, deception, poverty, neglect, addiction, incest and pornography were some of the “broken” […]

St Lucia, Guyana Catholic youth excited about AECYA

A contingent of 54 youth and young adults from Castries, St Lucia, accompanied by Vocations Director for the archdiocese, Fr Albert Smith, Philippian missionary priest Fr […]

New AEC General Secretary

Fr Donald Dean Chambers, of the Archdiocese of Kingston, Jamaica has been appointed as the new General Secretary of the Antilles Episcopal Conference (AEC) with effect […]

AEC Youth Assembly begins this week

MARTINIQUE As the Local Organising Committee (LOC) fine tunes its preparation for the sixth AEC Youth Assembly, July 10–23, they ask each delegation to prepare by […]

Holy Redeemer Retreat House closes its doors

DOMINICA All operations at the Holy Redeemer Retreat House have been ordered to cease as the facility will be closing down following heavy damage suffered during the […]

Hurricane preparations must begin now BAHAMAS

With the 2018 hurricane season having commenced June 1, Archbishop Patrick Pinder of Nassau called on citizens to never risk being caught unprepared. Most importantly, he […]

Obedience to God first when caring for environment – Suriname bishop

Bishop Karel Choennie, in his homily at the opening Mass for the 19th Conference on Theology in the Caribbean Today (CTCT) reminded theologians that as they […]

Venezuela Support Group created

GUYANA The Diocese of Georgetown and the Ursuline Sisters have joined other civic and faith-based organisations in Guyana to launch the Venezuela Support Group (VSG) to […]

Theology Conference reflects on Caribbean music, poetry, humour in disaster

SURINAME Caribbean theologians, scholars and students who attended the 19th Conference on Theology in the Caribbean Today (CTCT) in Paramaribo, Suriname were all challenged to see […]

Four new clergy for Bridgetown Diocese

BARBADOS The Diocese of Bridgetown boosted its clerical pool with four ordinations before a packed congregation at the St Patrick’s Cathedral June 5. Archbishop Jason Gordon […]

Youth prepare for AEC assembly

GUYANA A contingent of about 25 Catholic youth from parishes across Guyana hope to return home from this year’s sixth Antilles Episcopal Conference Youth Assembly (AECYA) […]

Learn about new social media at CSCC 2018

Are you 18 years or over?  Are you interested in the new social media and communications? Are you a disciple of Jesus?  Do you want to […]

Migrants can bring a new wave of life

GUYANA Bishop Francis Alleyne OSB of Georgetown said that Guyana is confronted with the new reality of migrants, and drawing on its reputation for hospitality can […]

Theology conference in Suriname

  Persons interested in exploring the relationship between theological reflection, religious activities and the everyday experience of Caribbean peoples are invited to this year’s 19th Conference […]

Marriage Encounter celebrates 30 years

SURINAME The Marriage Encounter (ME) movement in Suriname celebrated its 30th anniversary with a May 4–6 convention at the retreat centre Asewa Otono, Paramaribo under the […]

ACLS meets in Tobago

“The sun rises early over the hills…” These are the opening lyrics of Singing Sandra’s epic ‘Voices from the Ghetto’, and it also signalled the start […]

Parties and people must build bridges after elections*

BARBADOS Bridgetown’s Apostolic Administrator and Archbishop of Port of Spain Jason Gordon hoped that whatever the outcome of tomorrow’s general election (May 24), partisan differences will […]

Women’s conference focuses on healing

ST VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES The Diocese of Kingstown’s third annual women’s conference, May 6 was a journey to healing women so that they can be […]

Church relief arm wants skilled labourers

DOMINICA The regional arm of Caritas Internationalis is appealing to carpenters, masons and other skilled labourers from all over the world to volunteer in building over […]

Let’s communicate, cooperate, collaborate

AEC statement for World Communications Day In their message for World Communications Day 2018 (WCD), the bishops of the Antilles Episcopal Conference (AEC) believe today’s observance […]

AEC expresses solidarity for Suriname

…urges care for Venezuelan refugees The bishops of the Antilles Episcopal Conference (AEC) have expressed concern for order, justice and peace in Suriname and Venezuela. In […]

Christian light must conquer darkness in the world

ST LUCIA “Easter is not a time to be lukewarm but a time to recharge our batteries and be energised in the way we live our […]

‘Remarkable exchange’ with Pope, says Bishop Lafont

The bishops of the Antilles Episcopal Conference (AEC) interacted with Pope Francis—a man full of humour, an “astonishing simplicity”, and open heart—on subjects as diverse as […]

Live and plant seeds of authenticity

GUYANA In his Easter message to the diocese, Bishop Francis Alleyne OSB of Georgetown said as Easter people Catholics are called to take up the stance […]

Easter spirit must be lived daily

BELIZE Easter is not about the hot cross buns or chocolate Easter bunny eaten, nor about the Easter clothes worn. “It is all about the man, […]

Bishop Malzaire reports to Pope

President of the Antilles Episcopal Conference (AEC) Bishop Gabriel Malzaire of Roseau expressed sincere gratitude to Pope Francis for taking the lead in seeking to create, […]

‘Fr Peter’ used his time on earth wisely

BARBADOS Barbados Catholic faithful, regional clergy, family, friends and other well-wishers bid goodbye to long serving priest Fr Peter Thomas Clarke OP who died in hospital […]

Re-evangelise schools to re-engineer society

JAMAICA Deacon Ronald Thwaites believed that Jamaica’s weak family structures create wounds and deficits, which all must try to heal. He observed that many Jamaican young […]

St Lucia recognises SJC educator

St Joseph of Cluny Sister Marie Claire Joseph expressed gratitude to the Congregation for its faith in her and the opportunities it gave her to be […]

Use debt relief for emergency support, say Church leaders

GRENADA Jubilee Grenada and Jubilee Caribbean have appealed to the governments of the Caribbean and international financial institutions to establish debt relief as an instrument for […]

Fire guts cultural centre named after priest*

ST LUCIA  The St Lucia Fire Service has launched an investigation into the cause of a fire that completely destroyed The Msgr Patrick Anthony Folk Research […]

Royal recognition for SJC Sister

GRENADA Sr Maureen Alexander, Provincial Superior of the Sisters of St Joseph of Cluny (SJC) will receive the Commander of the Order of the British Empire […]

Christian leaders: question and consider before voting

ANTIGUA The Antigua Christian Council (ACC) and the Antigua and Barbuda Evangelical Alliance (ABEA) have issued ‘General Election Guidelines’ to media, the electorate and political parties, […]

Living Water celebrates 15 years in ‘Bim’

The witness of Living Water Community (LWC) for the past 15 years in Barbados has touched many areas of life in that country, said Apostolic Administrator […]

Use Lent to reflect on national issues

GUYANA Bishop Francis Alleyne OSB of Georgetown is calling for “lively conversation” and a deepening of “collective participation and holistic discernment” on a number of national […]

Bishop apologises, encourages dialogue with LGBTQ

GUYANA Bishop Francis Alleyne OSB of Georgetown has apologised to the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Queer) community, acknowledging that the Church has not always interfaced […]

Do Lenten sacrifices without fanfare – bishop

DOMINICA Do not take lightly the sacrifices of one’s almsgiving, prayer and fasting for they will not go unrewarded, Bishop Gabriel Malzaire of Roseau said in […]

Catholic youth to examine realities of Caribbean family life

Some 1,700 youth delegates between ages 16–35 are expected to attend the 6th Antilles Episcopal Conference Youth Assembly (AECYA) in Fort-de-France, Martinique from July 10–23. The […]

Respond to the call of Hosea, says bishop in Lenten message

BELIZE Bishop Lawrence Nicasio has called on Belize faithful to enter the season of Lent with a serious commitment to persevere in doing what is good […]

Bishop engages church, discusses concerns

GRENADA In an effort to fulfil the watchwords ‘Look, Listen, Learn, Love, and Laugh’, Bishop Clyde Harvey of St George’s-in-Grenada has been involved in an ongoing […]

Dialogue needed on illegal immigration

BAHAMAS Archbishop Patrick Pinder believes that Bahamas needs to become a regional leader, globally recognised and a “pacesetter” in dealing with the issue of illegal immigration. […]

‘Church takes no side’ – Bishop on upcoming elections

GRENADA Bishop Clyde Harvey of St George’s-in-Grenada has instructed clergy that they are not to lead prayers for candidates or parties nor preach in favour of […]

Jesuits meet on Caribbean social concerns

GUYANA Fifty Jesuits from around the Caribbean and South America gathered January 14–18 for a ‘Shared Social Concerns’ seminar aimed to deepen knowledge of Guyana and […]

Restored stained-glass windows unveiled

GUYANA After one year of restoration work, the massive stained-glass windows depicting the Ascension of Christ were formally blessed and unveiled at the Church of the […]

Show God’s face to the people

The ordination of Deacon Carl Philadelphia — the first Guyana-born diocesan priest in over three decades saw hundreds of churchgoers, government officials, members of clergy, and […]

Faith of indigenous youth alive

GUYANA Approximately 160 young Catholics from 14 indigenous communities expressed a desire to learn their native languages better at the second Indigenous Youth Convention, December 16–19 […]

Bishop supports SOE

JAMAICA Bishop Burchell McPherson of Montego Bay said he endorses Government’s decision to declare a state of public emergency for the St James parish, which recorded […]

‘Heal Guyana’ pushing for positive behavioural change*

Guyanese have embraced Heal Guyana’s invitation of engendering positive attitudinal and behavioural change and doing more in 2018 to help the country recover from its many […]

Sisters of Mercy meet First Lady

GUYANA First Lady Sandra Granger presented a number of tokens to Sr Julie Matthews, President, Sisters of Mercy (Guyana) and representatives of the Sisters of Mercy […]

Bishop Harvey: Be gift to one another

GRENADA As the diocese enters 2018, Bishop Clyde Harvey of St George’s-in-Grenada hoped that the faithful continue to be gift to one another and be particularly […]

Haiti’s advancement is mission of new archbishop

Msgr Max Leroy Mésidor was installed Metropolitan Archbishop of Port-au-Prince on his 56th birthday, Saturday, January 6. He replaces Metropolitan Archbishop Emeritus Guire Poulard who served […]

Belize City-Belmopan present at SEDAC*

  Fr Jordan Gongora of the diocese of Belize City-Belmopan said it was truly an enriching experience to interrelate and learn from the 59 bishops from […]

Fruitful six years – Archbishop Gordon*

BARBADOS Archbishop Jason Gordon of Port of Spain, currently Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Bridgetown said that 2018 will be “a challenging one”, a year […]

Resist corruption, say bishops

HAITI Catholic bishops in Haiti have expressed grave concern for the “shameless corruption” that is spreading at all levels of society and now becoming rampant. The […]

Historic moment for Bridgetown diocese

BARBADOS A historic moment. That’s how Archbishop Jason Gordon described the ordination ceremony of Kirt Prospere and Dr Winston Layne to the Order of Deacons, December […]

Caribbean Mission

The bishops of the Antilles Episcopal Conference (AEC) have released a pastoral letter on Mission and Evangelisation in the Caribbean, in which they hope to inspire […]

Priest killed during robbery*

HAITI Police in Haiti are searching for the gunmen who shot and killed Fr Joseph Simoly Thursday, December, 21 during an apparent robbery. The funeral service […]

Say ‘enough’ to social ills

GUYANA The cry of “enough” is not applicable only to the disrespect towards women, but it would also be fitting to say “enough” to social ills-—violence, […]

Hear Jesus’ voice, look upon His face

ANTIGUA Bishop Robert Llanos, Apostolic Administrator of St John’s- Basseterre prayed that the fire of hope God has placed in each of their hearts leads them […]

As seen in 2017 – Caribbean

As the year 2017 comes to an end, Catholic News looks back at just some of the news stories from the wider Caribbean Church. Church-State affairs […]

“The work started will continue”

  Although he is “sad” to leave the diocese at this stage of their journey,  Bishop Jason Gordon of Bridgetown takes consolation that the country is […]

Region at value crossroads

BARBADOS Barbados, and indeed the rest of the English-speaking Caribbean, has unwittingly adopted a value system that puts self first before God, nation and family; a […]

Get on with building God’s Kingdom*

BARBADOS Bu Kaelanne Jordan A Catholic priest is urging Barbadians to remain steadfast in their religious principles even though evildoers in the country appear to be […]

Archbishop: Plant seeds of respect

JAMAICA Jamaicans are urged to make a commitment to plant the virtuous seeds of respect for self, respect for others and loyalty to country so that […]

Bahamian art graces altar at restored cathedral

BAHAMAS When an electrical fire engulfed the rafters of the then 124-year-old St Francis Xavier Cathedral, September 25, 2009, Archbishop Patrick Pinder of Nassau vowed immediately […]

Diocese launches ‘Youth on Mission’

GUYANA The Youth on Mission (YOM) programme, an initiative aimed at the formation of Catholic youth between the ages of 18–25, was launched at the Bishop’s […]

Dominica PM to T&T: ‘You lifted our souls’

Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit urged Caribbean nationals and students to familiarise themselves with issues relating to climate change as science and historical facts indicate that […]

Churches walk against rising crime

ST VINCENT & THE GRENADINES The Catholic Church of the diocese of St Vincent and the Grenadines held an Ecumenical Service and silent Candlelight Walk around […]

Church leaders: give debt relief for hurricane affected islands

Jamaica “There is no reason at all, why people in the Caribbean should have to slide deeper and deeper into their debt traps after each hurricane […]

Many wiped out by Maria

Story by Kaelanne Jordan, kjordan.camsel@rcpos.org “I happened to have experienced Hurricane David in 1979 and it was considered perhaps the baddest [sic] hurricane to have hit. But […]

Ecumenical service, walk in response to crime increase*

ST VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES The Diocese of Kingstown, St Vincent and the Grenadines will host an Ecumenical Service and silent candlelight walk on Friday (November […]

‘Beautiful stories’ after the hurricane*

By Kaelanne Jordan, kjordan.camsel@rcpos.org While Dominicans associate Category 5 Hurricane Maria as “negative, vicious, vindictive and cruel”, some, on the other hand were able to identify […]

Priest visits hurricane-damaged Dominica – Part 1*

By Kaelanne Jordan, kjordan.camsel@rcpos.org Dominica-born priest Fr Elton Letang CSsR said that the mass looting from Hurricane Maria “was much worse than the physical hurricane”. Fr […]

Living through Irma

For the people who experienced the force of Hurricane Irma first-hand, it is an experience they will never forget. Writer LARA PICKFORD-GORDON spoke to two Barbudans […]

Paramaribo celebrates Day of the Maroons

SURINAME                               The Diocese of Paramaribo held a special liturgy filled with prayer, […]

Anglican leader: no biblical basis for sodomy laws*

By Kaelanne Jordan, kjordan.camsel@rcpos.org There is no biblical basis for the support of the sodomy law by some who use religion as a platform to deny […]

New church in Moengo

SURINAME Bishop Karel Choennie of Paramaribo consecrated the new St Theresia Church in Moengo, Marowijne District, eastern Suriname on October 1. According to a report in […]

Diocesan conversations begin

GRENADA “We are here to create the Kingdom of God in Grenada and we will do that only if the majority of us are selflessly at […]

Second arson attack, church shows resilience

JAMAICA For the second time in just over a month, there has been another arson attack at the Sts Peter and Paul Church this time resulting […]

SVP Antigua aids in hurricane recovery

The Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) in the Diocese of St John’s-Basseterre has been doing its part to assist Barbudans displaced by Hurricane Irma […]

Dominica Strong

Bishop Malzaire: ‘We will build…and rise again’ by Kaelanne Jordan, kjordan.camsel@rcpos.org Bishop Gabriel Malzaire of Roseau said since the passing of Hurricane Maria, September 18, many […]

Great response to hurricane appeal

GUYANA Hundreds of pounds of relief supplies were collected at the ground floor of the Catholic Life Center in Brickdam and shipped last Tuesday (October 10) […]

New Canon Law Society executive

Fr Roger Paponette of the Archdiocese of Port of Spain has been voted in as the new President of the Antilles Canon Law Society. He will […]

St Benedict’s seminary closes

BELIZE Due to the high and low waves of vocations, Bishop Lawrence Nicasio of Belize City and Belmopan decided that the St Benedict Diocesan Seminary temporarily […]

Diocese launches hurricane appeal

GUYANA The Diocese of Georgetown has launched an appeal for the faithful to extend help to the people of Dominica affected by Hurricane Maria. Vicar General […]

Church conference on anti-sodomy laws

JAMAICA Thirty-two confirmed speakers from across the globe will represent different Christian traditions at Intimate Conviction, an international conference examining the church and anti-sodomy laws across […]

Diocese rolls out VIRTUS programme

ANTIGUA Catechists, teachers and youth leaders of the Diocese of St John’s-Basseterre have now been introduced to the VIRTUS Protecting God’s Children programme. The archdioceses of […]

Trauma counselling needed – Bishop Malzaire

By Kaelanne Jordan, kjordan.camsel@rcpos.org Bishop Gabriel Malzaire of Roseau expressed sincere gratitude to individuals, groups, regional and international agencies who pledged their support to the people of […]

Church laws face fascinating challenges

ST LUCIA The Antilles Canon Law Society (ACLS) held its 13th annual convention last week (September 25–28) in St Lucia. Sessions were held at the Benedictine […]

Arson attack at church

JAMAICA Arson is suspected at the church of Sts Peter and Paul, St Andrew. According to a release from parish priest Fr Donald Chambers, at approximately […]

Decades-old convent to be rebuilt

BELIZE The demolition and reconstruction of a new Pallotti Convent will cost an estimated BZD$250,000 (US$125,000), according to Belizean radio station Love FM. Established in 1955, […]

Priest calls out gov’t on promoting recreational drugs

BELIZE A government that chooses to co-operate in the promotion of harmful drugs fails in its duty to build a just, virtuous and free democracy. This […]

Three – decade wait for diocesan ordinations

GUYANA Deacons Joel David Sundar and Berchmans Devadass, both from India, were ordained for service as diocesan priests in Guyana, September 3 at the Cathedral of […]

Diocese holds stewardship conference

GUYANA Over 200 Catholics across Guyana participated in the August 26–27 National Catholic Stewardship Conference 2017 at Christ the King parish in Suddie, north of the […]

New deacons reminded of humility, service

BARBADOS The diocese of Bridgetown held its first ordination of permanent deacons in over two decades on Saturday, September 2. There was loud applause for the […]

No major church damage after ‘Irma’: Bishop Llanos

While Barbuda suffered the brunt of Hurricane Irma’s force, Antigua largely escaped major destruction from the Category 5 hurricane which had sustained winds of 185 mph […]

Mass to celebrate CARIFESTA XIII

BARBADOS The Diocese of Bridgetown heralded the commencement of CARIFESTA XIII with a lively and uplifting celebratory Mass led by Bishop Jason Gordon at the historic […]

CARICOM needs to recognise Venezuela crisis

GUYANA Bishop Francis Alleyne OSB of Georgetown along with 15 faith-based and civil groups in Guyana are calling on governments and civil societies of CARICOM to […]

Portsmouth church completed

DOMINICA Thirteen years after being damaged beyond repair by an earthquake, the St John’s RC Church in Portsmouth has been reopened. The church was demolished by […]

Culture centre renamed after priest

ST LUCIA St Lucia’s cultural community paid tribute to Msgr Patrick ‘Paba’ Anthony, founder of the Folk Research Centre (FRC) by renaming it in his honour […]

‘A farewell land’

VENEZUELA A coalition of over a dozen Catholic organisations and religious orders serving migrants and refugees expressed commitment in continuing to accompany Venezuelan migrants in defense […]

Be peacemakers!

ST LUCIA Archbishop Robert Rivas of Castries has reminded the faithful that building a culture of peace requires conversion of heart and a new way of […]

Enjoying Crop Over – the Catholic way

The following is a reflection ‘Should a Christian take part in Crop Over?’ done by Bishop Jason Gordon of Bridgetown on the diocese’s blog. Crop Over […]

Bridgetown diocese prepares for CARIFESTA

BARBADOS The Diocese of Bridgetown has planned a number of activities to coincide with the 13th edition of CARIFESTA (Caribbean Festival of Arts) which is scheduled […]

Youth Transforming the Caribbean Family

The sixth Antilles Episcopal Conference Youth Assembly (AECYA) will be held in Martinique July 10–23, 2018. The theme for next year’s AECYA is Youth Transforming the […]

New regional PMS director

Fr Esteban Ramon Kross of the Diocese of Paramaribo, Suriname was appointed by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples as Director of the Pontifical […]

EC $3m needed to complete Roseau Cathedral

DOMINICA Member of the Catholic Fundraising Committee (CFC), Val Cuffy revealed that an additional EC$3 million is now needed for the completion of Dominica’s Lady of […]

Ordination venue decided

GRENADA Bishop-elect Clyde Harvey will be ordained as the new Bishop of the Diocese of St George’s on July 29 at a Mass to be held […]

Decorum, please – Faith leaders tell MPs

GUYANA Leaders and members of various religious denominations in Guyana, including Bishop Francis Alleyne OSB of Georgetown, joined together July 7 to express concerns about country, […]

AEC bishops attend Bible refresher course

Thirteen archbishops and bishops of the Antilles Episcopal Conference (AEC) reaffirmed their commitment to the distribution and implementation of the English translation of Animation of all […]

Make ordination a spiritual experience – Bishop-elect Harvey

GRENADA Bishop-elect of St George’s-in-Grenada, Msgr Clyde Harvey said that he hoped his Episcopal Ordination may be a deep spiritual experience for all, and an awareness […]

Bishop Darius’ funeral date announced

The funeral Mass for Bishop Vincent Darius will be held Wednesday, May 25 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, St George’s, Grenada.

New Jamaica-Israel relationship questioned by JCC

The Jamaica Council of Churches (JCC) believes that the timing of the visit of Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness to Israel and the intention to change the nature of Jamaica’s relationships with the Middle East country could not be more inopportune.

Laudato Si Guyana hosts environmental camp

In response to Pope Francis’ urgent call to take “swift and unified global action” on issues such as consumerism, irresponsible development, environmental degradation and global warming, Laudato Si Guyana continued their monthly activities of visiting different parishes, engaging in environmental activities and helping to spread the word of Laudato Si.

Live the Easter identity, vocation

Bishop Francis Alleyne of Georgetown has urged the faithful to live the Easter vocation to the full and so seek every opportunity to “celebrate life, protect life where it is threatened and ferret it out when it may have become buried under fear, rejection and pain”.

Bishop Darius’ funeral date announced

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