Caribbean Church

Regional webinar on understanding Bible editions

The Antilles Zone of the Latin American and Caribbean region (FEBIC LAC) of the Catholic Biblical Federation (CBF) hosted a webinar on ‘Understanding Bible Editions from […]

St Joseph Mercy Hospital celebrates 75th anniversary

— Sisters of Mercy recognised for their role GUYANA The St Joseph Mercy Hospital (SJMH) held a special dedication ceremony and Mass on September 21 to […]

Chapel break-in – hosts scattered, burglar leaves warning

DOMINICA There was a break-in and vandalism at Bellevue Chopin chapel. The discovery was made August 25 by two parishioners on entering the church to prepare […]

Cluny Sister receives Benemerenti medal

ST VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES Trinidad-born Sr Augustine Quarless SJC was awarded the Benemerenti Medal from Pope Francis for her tremendous contributions to the diocese in […]

‘Be an agent of Caribbean unity’ Bishop Persaud ordained for Mandeville

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: Twitter: @kaelanne1 As Bishop John Persaud DD officially began his ministry as bishop of Mandeville Saturday, September 18, he expressed gratitude […]

Anniversary Mass for cooks

GUADELOUPE Three hundred cooks of the Association des Cuisinières de Guadeloupe (Cooks’ Association of Guadeloupe), celebrated their patron saint St Laurent (St Lawrence) and their 104th […]

Church condemns racist unrest, violence

GUYANA Bishop Francis Alleyne OSB is speaking out on the murders of teenage cousins Isaiah and Joel Henry, ages 16 and 19 and the aftershocks of […]

September ordination now in November

GUYANA The ordination to the priesthood of Rev Francis Xavier Savarimuthu has been pushed back to November 21. It was originally scheduled to take place in […]

Church must be life-giving presence in the world – Bishop at Chrism Mass

GUYANA At the annual celebration of the Chrism Mass, August 20, Bishop Francis Alleyne OSB of Georgetown reminded clergy that it is through the anointing of […]

Youth conferred sacraments in the new normal

DOMINICA The new normal caused by the COVID-19 pandemic did not deter the celebration of the Sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation for some 63 […]

Bishop-elect bids farewell

GUYANA Bishop-elect John Persaud said his final goodbye to brother priests, parishioners, and the Diocese of Georgetown where he served as priest, Vicar General and administrator […]

Leadership important during pandemic

GRENADA Should Grenada’s government lockdown the island to stop the spread of COVID-19? Bishop Harvey offered his opinion August 13 during a live weekly session of […]

Msgr Terrence Montrose celebrates 45 years a priest

GUYANA Catholic News extends congratulations to Msgr Terrence Montrose on the 45th anniversary of his priestly ordination, August 10. Over the past four decades, Msgr Montrose […]

New Vicar General appointed

GUYANA Fr Ronnie Fernandes SJ has been named Vicar General of the Georgetown Diocese by Bishop Francis Alleyne OSB. He replaces Fr John Persaud who was […]

Church to assemble under ‘One’ theme

ST LUCIA Archbishop Robert Rivas OP of Castries has announced that plans to gather the Church in an Archdiocesan Assembly later this year, November 12–15, are […]

‘Jam’ together today, die alone next week

GRENADA Bishop Clyde Harvey of St George’s-in-Grenada has spoken out against citizens who seemed intent on celebrating Grenada’s Carnival as usual. The two-day public celebration was […]

God places you where He wants you

By Simone Delochan Email: A story was told to Fr Collin Jackson, before he was even contemplating becoming a priest, of an incident when he […]

Bishop relieved at appointment of new President

GUYANA Bishop Francis Alleyne OSB says he is relieved and hopeful after recent events finally brought an end to months of legal battles and one of […]

Churches reopen with COVID-19 guidelines

GUYANA The Government of Guyana issued updated COVID-19 guidelines which state that from Saturday, August 1, places of worship were permitted to be open for public […]

Congratulations to Fr Collin Jackson

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: Twitter: @kaelanne1 The ordination to the diaconate of Brother Peter Emmanuel and Trinidadian, Reverend Collin Victor Jackson to the priesthood marked […]

‘Words insufficient’- AEC President expresses gratitude to Dr Johnston

President of the Antilles Episcopal Conference (AEC) Bishop Gabriel Malzaire of Roseau, Dominica, on behalf of all bishops of the AEC, clergy and religious, has expressed […]

Religious leaders call for end to election impasse

GUYANA The Inter Religious Organization (IRO) of Guyana and the Guyana Council of Churches, in an “uncommon” joint statement issued July 23, say they have noted […]

‘Msgr Mike’ —35 years of priestly ministry

ST VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES Catholic News extends warmest congratulations to Msgr Michael ‘Mike’ Stewart, Vicar General of the Diocese of Kingstown who celebrated 35 years […]

Trini deacon to be ordained a priest

ST VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES Bishop Gerard County CSSp of Kingstown will ordain Trinidadian Rev Collin Jackson to the priesthood and Brother Peter Emmanuel to the […]

Perpetrator in arson attack needs help, compassion

ST LUCIA Archbishop Robert Rivas OP of Castries has said that the perpetrator behind the July 19 arson attack at the St Martin de Porres Catholic […]

Robbery and arson at Church building

GUYANA Police are investigating a burglary which took place the night of Friday July 17, at the building which belongs to the Roman Catholic Church at […]

2022 AEC Youth Assembly theme logo chosen

Jawanza Stuart from Dominica is the winner of the logo competition for the Antilles Episcopal Conference Youth Assembly (AECYA) 2022. President of the AEC, Bishop Gabriel […]

Episcopal ordination in Jamaica set for September

GUYANA Fr John Persaud, Bishop-elect of Mandeville, Jamaica will now be ordained as the fourth Bishop of the diocese Saturday, September 19, 11 a.m. Jamaica time […]

Catholic church fires in Dominica and St Lucia

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: Twitter: @kaelanne1 Two fires which broke out at two Catholic churches in Dominica and St Lucia, a day apart, are now […]

Celebrating the ‘Year of the Word of God’ during COVID-19

Msgr William John-Lewis of the Diocese of Roseau, the zonal representative of the Caribbean Region of the Catholic Biblical Federation (CBF) or (FEBICLAC) convened a virtual […]

Kingston Archdiocese sets up pandemic relief fund

JAMAICA With COVID-19 bringing about major disruption and dislocation to the lives and livelihood across Jamaica, Archbishop Kenneth Richards of Kingston asserted that their plight cannot […]

2022 AEC Youth Assembly theme song chosen

Catholic musician Leandra Simon-Richards of the Archdiocese of Port of Spain is the winner of the Antilles Episcopal Conference Youth Assembly’s (AECYA) 2022 song competition. This […]

Caribbean Catholics reflect on reopening of churches

Amidst cries of gladness and thanksgiving, the words of Psalm 122 “kept ringing in my ears”: “I rejoiced when I heard them say, Let us go […]

Belize diocese welcomes new deacon

In early June, the universal Church rejoiced as the number of labourers in the vineyard of the Lord increased. The Diocese of Belize City and Belmopan, […]

Give ‘special care’ to most vulnerable – bishop

SURINAME “It is clear that we can only manage this pandemic if we all work together.” So said Bishop Karel Choennie of Paramaribo in a message […]

Pope appoints bishop to Mandeville

Fr John Derek Persaud, Vicar General of the Diocese of Georgetown, Guyana, was appointed Bishop of the Diocese of Mandeville, Jamaica by Pope Francis on Friday, […]

Bishop commends citizens for keeping the faith

GUYANA Bishop Francis Alleyne OSB of Georgetown has commended all Guyanese for standing “tall and firm” through the whole period during which the nation was processing […]

Jesuits appoint new Regional Superior for Guyana-Jamaica

GUYANA Fr Peter McIsaac SJ will take up his new role as Regional Superior of the Jesuits in Guyana and Jamaica, effective July 1 since his […]

Examine ‘new’ sins of prejudice

ST LUCIA While placards are the go-to choice for protest marches, Archbishop Robert Rivas OP of Castries exhibited three placards during a Mass, June 8, with […]

Cathedral reopens: Colour-coded cards to attend Mass

ANTIGUA The Holy Family Cathedral, St John’s and the Our Lady of Perpetual Help RC Church, Tyrells were re-opened for public worship last weekend (June 6–7), […]

AEC Bishops stand in solidarity over the injustice meted out to George Floyd

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: Twitter: @kaelanne1 The President of the Antilles Episcopal Conference (AEC) says he feels compelled to make a short statement on behalf […]

Bishop Harvey to African-Americans and those who live in fear: We stand with you

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: Twitter: @kaelanne1 “…When we see a knee on a neck, we ought to be outraged.” So said Bishop Clyde Harvey of […]

St Croix’s ‘Fr Mike’ celebrates golden jubilee

Brooklyn-born Msgr Michael Kosak celebrates his 50th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood on June 6. To mark the occasion, a special golden jubilee edition of […]

‘Walking Priest’ remembered

GRENADA Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell has extended sincere condolences to Bishop Clyde Harvey, the Kiltegan Fathers and the Catholic community, on the recent passing […]

Two churches in Antigua to open

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: Twitter: @kaelanne1 The Holy Family Cathedral and Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Tyrells Catholic Church) will be officially opened for public […]

Public Masses resume in Grenada

By Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: Twitter:@gordon_lp The Diocese of St George’s-in-Grenada began resumed public masses May 24 with COVID-19 precautions. Bishop Clyde Harvey presided at Masses […]

Catholic hospital to perform COVID-19 testing, retreat centre used for patients

GUYANA  The St Joseph Mercy Hospital is responding to the needs necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic by partnering with the Diocese of Georgetown to have the […]

Jamaica Church prepares for public Masses

JAMAICA Although the Jamaica Government allowed public religious services to resume last weekend (May 16/17), Catholic Church leaders there decided to delay for one week the […]

Bishops of Antilles Episcopal Conference: Message of Hope

We, the Roman Catholic Bishops of the Antilles Episcopal Conference (AEC) have just concluded our 64th Annual Plenary Meeting. For the first time, in the context […]

Bishop: region must look inward for solutions

GRENADA In the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, Bishop Clyde Harvey of St-George’s-in Grenada suggests the region should look inwards for solutions and be willing to […]

Breakfast is served through ‘Feeding Jesus’ programme

DOMINICA To assist the less fortunate and alleviate some burden on the most vulnerable in Roseau, a group of Catholics in the diocese has come together […]

Bishops to re-consecrate Caribbean to the Mother of God

Statement from the Antilles Episcopal Conference issued May 2  In communion with Pope Francis and our brother bishops of Latin America, Canada and the United States […]

Pastoral priorities identified at AEC Annual Plenary Meeting

The evangelisation of the Domestic Church, pastoral care for the unemployed especially through COVID-19, pastoral care and evangelisation of youth and young adults and education on […]

Pandemic will not last, so use confinement positively

BAHAMAS  Everyone can use this time of confinement positively. To deny this, Archbishop Patrick Pinder of Nassau said, is to undermine and undervalue potential and ourselves. […]

Georgetown diocese redoubles efforts to care for those in need

GUYANA  The World Health Organization has stressed that emotional and physical well-being of people over 60 in every society are at greater risk because of the […]

Belize’s eighth bishop laid to rest

The Funeral Mass for Bishop Emeritus Dorick McGowan Wright took place last Wednesday with a mobile procession at 9 a.m. which drove past the Catholic churches […]

AEC annual meeting goes virtual —Bishops to reflect on pandemic

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: Twitter: @kaelanne1 Technology has given the bishops of the Antilles Episcopal Conference (AEC) the ability to remain safe while also carrying […]

 A society redesigned—Archbishop’s presentation to CARICOM heads

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: Twitter: @kaelanne1 The opportunity to be seized is not to re-open or re-start the economy so that we go back to […]

Bishop Emeritus Dorick McGowan Wright of Belize passes away

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Belize City and Belmopan has announced with “profound sadness” the passing of Bishop Emeritus Dorick McGowan Wright who died Wednesday morning […]

Nothing can dampen Easter joy – Bishop Nicasio

BELIZE For many, a house built on sand is sufficient: the hand sanitiser, the mask and food supplies. For others, the concern is more profound. For […]

Bishop’s Easter message focuses on election outcome, coronavirus

GUYANA Bishop Francis Alleyne’s Easter wish and prayer is that the people of Guyana recognise their responsibility as citizens. “As Guyanese wait for an outcome of […]

Virtus Programme comes to Grenada

The Diocese of St George’s-in-Grenada is committed to the welfare and protection of children and vulnerable people. The diocese is determined to ensure that its schools, […]

Remember the vulnerable in pandemic – AEC to CARICOM

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: Twitter: @kaelanne1 The Catholic Bishops of the Antilles Episcopal Conference (AEC) has strongly recommended that governments of the Caribbean be guided […]

‘Have faith’ – Bishop on coronavirus ‘storm’

ANTIGUA In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, it may seem that God is asleep, unsympathetic, or not hearing prayers and supplications, but in fact He […]

Calypso on coronavirus from priest

DOMINICA Fr Brancker John, a former Calypso king in Dominica has sounded “the warning” in a Calypso on COVID-19 ‘Watch out for the virus’. In a […]

Bishops call on Caribbean to pray for Guyana in post-election crisis

Caribbean Catholic bishops support the initiative by regional governments to resolve the Guyana elections impasse. In an open letter to the political leaders and people of […]

Pregnancy resource centre promotes life

BELIZE The Seed of Life Pregnancy Resource Center is powerfully demonstrating that most women, when given a real choice and some extra support, will choose to […]

Catholic priest laments communism’s destruction of the family

CUBA Besides the economic issues plaguing Cuba, one Catholic priest believes that the country’s primary problem is the collapse of the traditional family. “The father figure […]

Let us care for each other

President of the Antilles Episcopal Conference, Bishop Gabriel Malzaire of Roseau, Dominica sent the following reflection on COVID-19 to all member territories last week As members […]

God is with us as we face COVID-19

GRENADA “Faith alone will not save us,” said Bishop Clyde Harvey of St George’s-in-Grenada in a March 3 statement on the novel coronavirus to faithful of […]

Guyana bishop speaks out on post-election tensions

Bishop Francis Alleyne OSB of Georgetown has added his voice to the many others in making a strong appeal to the Guyana Elections Commission to expeditiously […]

Change your tone for Lent, says bishop

DOMINICA In his Lenten message, Bishop Gabriel Malzaire of Roseau said to a significant extent, Lenten exercises have become moments of entertainment. He said he has […]

Cayenne Catholics dream at 2nd Synod

FRENCH GUIANA   The second synod of the Diocese of Cayenne, French Guiana which convened February 23 to 26 saw 24 motions being voted in during […]

Lent reminds we are children of God – bishop

BELIZE Many of us made resolutions for the new year. These resolutions tell how better can be done. Persons could have decided, at the beginning of […]

Prayer vigil ahead of national elections

GUYANA The Diocese of Georgetown has organised pre-election vigils—for Catholics and anyone who would like to attend—to pray intensely for the nation, for those seeking office […]

See Lent as a journey of love

Archbishop of Nassau Our Lenten observance, whatever form it takes, must not be merely a show or simply acts for others to notice. Why not? Because, […]

Online seminar to develop Caribbean Church communications

The Bishops of the Antilles Episcopal Conference (AEC) have sounded an abeng (horn)— for a new way of communicating and a call to action throughout the […]

Archbishop Rivas celebrates 30th anniversary

ST LUCIA “There is nowhere else I want to be in the world, right now, because you are my first love” was the assertion made by Archbishop […]

Site visit for regional Catholic youth assembly

Representatives of regional Catholic youth secretariats met with the Local Organising Committee (LOC) January 17–18 to visit proposed sites where various activities of the AEC Youth […]

Transform lives by your life – Bishop tells new deacon

GUYANA The Diocese of Georgetown has a new deacon. Francis Xavier Savarimuthu was ordained to the diaconate January 26, Sunday of the Word of God. Bishop […]

Jesuit priest laid to rest

GUYANA Fr Joachim Marian Demello SJ was laid to rest following a Funeral Mass last Sunday at St Francis Xavier RC Church, Port Mourant. His sudden […]

Cluny Sister obtains doctorate, hopes to impact OECS education policies

Wednesday, November 12, 2019 marked a memorable day for Sr Rose Leon SJC and the Sisters of St Joseph of Cluny of the Province of the […]

Search for power can poison a society, says Bishop

GRENADA Bishop Clyde Harvey of St George’s-in-Grenada has said that he feels “sad” that Grenada is “in this state” considering the continued industrial dispute between the […]

New Year greetings must guide our mindset in new year – Bishop

BELIZE Greetings such as ‘Happy New Year!’; ‘A blessed New Year!’;‘A spirit-filled New Year!’; ‘A prosperous New Year!’; ‘A fruitful New Year’ help encourage reflection on […]

Psychological toll on people, says priest following severe earthquake

PUERTO RICO At least one person has died and one Catholic church was destroyed by the latest in a series of earthquakes to rock Puerto Rico. […]

Stay away from ‘simmy dimmy’

Catholic faithful at last weekend’s Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR) 22nd Caribbean Conference were told they may hinder God’s blessing from descending upon them by the things […]

Caribbean Church Review 2019

As the year 2019 comes to an end, Catholic News recaps some of the news highlights from the wider Caribbean Church. Church-State affairs   Mental illness […]

Christmas Novena gives Guyanese Catholics the opportunity to reflect on what the Lord is asking of them

GUYANA   As the world awaits Pope Francis’ response to the Synod on the Amazon region which is expected to come in the form of an […]

Christmas isn’t just a word, it requires action

BELIZE The rice and beans, relleno (a mixture of chicken, pork or beef, eggs cooked with a black recado paste), ham, salad, chicken, duck, all the […]

Community spirit, strong values will build nation

BARBADOS As Barbados celebrated its 53rd anniversary of independence November 30, the Apostolic Administrator for the Diocese of Bridgetown reminded Barbadians to also remember the extraordinary […]

Indigenous community celebrates century of Catholicism

GUYANA On the first Sunday of Advent, 704 Catholics from South Rupununi joined the people of Sawariwau in praise and prayers of thanksgiving for the gift […]

Regional Church dialogue begins on saving Amazon, earth

The first regional online discussion on the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon region was held November 27. This dialogue, a joint initiative of the Antilles […]

Care for the environment or face self-destruction, says bishop

SURINAME We seem to have lost the sense of living in harmony with nature. The Bishop of Paramaribo, Suriname asserted “There has to be a change […]

Being on mission calls for unity, youth told

BELIZE The Extraordinary Mission Month calls for unity! It does not call for complacency, jealousy, malice, envy nor back-biting, asserted Bishop Lawrence Nicasio of Belize City […]

Bishop calls for prayer, fasting for peaceful elections

DOMINICA The Bishop of the Diocese of Roseau, Dominica has reiterated a call for a peaceful general election amidst allegations of violence that have so far […]

Diocese welcomes three permanent deacons

ST VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES The clergy of the Diocese of Kingstown has welcomed the addition to its numbers with the ordination of three permanent deacons. […]

50 years of CCR

GUYANA As Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR) Guyana celebrated its 50th anniversary, the movement prayed that the Holy Spirit will infuse the hearts of their brothers and […]

Chat about the Synod on the Amazon

The Synod on the Amazon in Rome ended last month but what does that mean for our region? This question has probed the minds and hearts […]

Amazonia priorities

Former AEC General Secretary Rev Mike James looks at the outcomes of the recent Synod of Bishops for the Amazon. This is an edited version of […]

Facing climate change challenges can strengthen Vatican-Guyana relations

GUYANA As he presented his Letter of Credence to His Excellency President David Granger November 6, the Vatican’s new envoy to Guyana, His Excellency Archbishop Fortunatus […]

Bishop: Ponder nation’s future before ‘sacred act’ of elections

DOMINICA As Dominica celebrated its 41st anniversary of independence November 3, the country also observed the eve of another very important event in the life of […]

Pope sends message as Benedictine Abbess laid to rest

ST LUCIA The Funeral Mass for Lady Abbess Mother Marianna Pinto OSB “exuded an abundance of joy”. This according to Abbot John Pereira OSB in a […]

CCR Convention, March for Jesus next weekend

BELIZE 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 […]

Students return, school is in after Dorian

BAHAMAS While many public schools in Grand Bahama remain closed some five weeks after Hurricane Dorian’s landfall in September, Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Academy […]

Top Catholic Officials for Nun’s funeral

ST LUCIA  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 […]

Amazon a sign of beauty, grandeur… being damaged

GUYANA Within the Catholic Church exists a tendency to be persuaded by the ways of power and control, to operate in isolation, in silos, instead of […]

Fr Ho Lung celebrates milestones

JAMAICA For 50 years, Fr Richard Ho Lung and his music ministry, Father Ho Lung and Friends, have been synonymous with helping the less fortunate in […]

Remains of first Abbess to be buried at monastery

ST LUCIA   The funeral for Lady Abbess Mother Marianna Pinto OSB will be held at the Benedictine Abbey, Coubaril, October 30, 3 p.m. Archbishop Robert […]

‘Fr George’ turns 90

ST VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES Msgr George Bardowell, affectionately known as ‘Fr George’ celebrated his 90th birthday Tuesday, October 1. Msgr Bardowell, who was born in […]

Guyana delegates for Synod on the Amazon

GUYANA Three of the four delegates from the Caribbean for the global meeting of Catholic bishops from the Amazon region are from Guyana. They are Bishop […]

Church has critical role in shaping society

JAMAICA The Minister of Finance and the Public Service has called on the Church to continue playing a critical role in shaping modern Jamaica, especially at […]

Three to be ordained deacons next month

ST VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES Eustace Francis, Eardley Martin and Ancel Knights will be ordained permanent deacons November 1. Bishop Gerard County CSSp of Kingstown made […]

Nine-churches pilgrimage to St Lucia

DOMINICA Seventy-five pilgrims from the parish of St Patrick RC Church, Grand Bay, Roseau, Dominica led by their parish priest Fr Brancker John embarked on their […]

We are baptised; we are new

To commemorate the close of the first Antilles Episcopal Conference (AEC) Mission Congress last Sunday, Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Fortunatus Nwachukwu thanked all the Bishops of the […]

Becoming Mission in the 21st Century

Bishop Clyde Harvey of St George’s-in-Grenada urged Catholics to think of mission not as people coming to the region or sent overseas but “something we become”. […]

Baptised and Sent

Performed by Tsehai Ollivierre, 10, Scarborough RC Primary Good morning, good morning to one and all I’m here today to answer the call To be a […]

Guyana delegates attend Mission Congress

GUYANA six delegates (two priests, one Sister and three lay people), along with Bishop Francis Alleyne OSB of Georgetown represented Guyana at the first-ever Mission Congress […]

Gazebo and paved pathway for Children’s Home

ST VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES The dream of a gazebo and paved pathway for the children of St Benedict’s Children’s Home became a reality with an […]

AEC President: ‘Go forth, teach, sanctify the world’

“I am not everybody but I am somebody; I cannot do everything but I can do something; what I can do I ought to do; what […]

Spreading the joy of the gospel

By Renée Smith Email: Twitter: @rsmith_cntt We often hear the phrase “Go out and spread the joy of the gospel” but what does that mean […]

Archbishop Gordon: A conscious negotiation of space with humility

Renee Smith @rsmith_cntt Catholics within the Caribbean are baptised and sent to the give the most precious of all gifts —mercy and love. Yesterday, September […]

Bishop Singh remembered

GUYANA Thursday, September 12 marked the first death anniversary of Bishop Emeritus Ganesh Benedict Singh. Bishop Singh was the first Guyanese bishop of the Diocese of […]

New priest for Grenada

Fr Gabriel Obi Osang was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Clyde Harvey on September 14 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, St George’s, Grenada. […]

Archbishop assesses post-Dorian challenges

BAHAMAS Archbishop Patrick Pinder of Nassau celebrated Mass Sunday, September 8 at the St Francis Xavier Cathedral, Nassau on New Providence Island for evacuee families and […]

Diocesan paper celebrates 40th anniversary

BELIZE Diocesan monthly The Christian Herald celebrated the 40th anniversary of the publication of its first issue this month (September 1979). In 1979, the Catholic diocese […]

A ‘most difficult time’ in nation’s history, says Archbishop

BAHAMAS Archbishop Patrick Pinder of Nassau has said that the initial response of rebuilding material assets post Hurricane Dorian is very important but the long-term response […]

Freedom fighters do God’s work

JAMAICA Just as God put His faith in Moses when He called him into a seemingly impossible task to liberate the people from the hands of […]

Food For The Poor (FFP) responds to residents in need

JAMAICA Charity organisation Food For The Poor (FFP) has responded to the needs of residents of the Good Shepherd Home operated by the Missionaries of the […]

Hold on to hope

AEC President to Bahamas By Kaelanne Jordan Email: Twitter: @kaelanne1 The President of the Antilles Episcopal Conference (AEC) Bishop Gabriel Malzaire of Roseau, Dominica has […]

Help for church recovering from ‘Ivan’

GRENADA Almost 15 years after the passage of Hurricane Ivan over Grenada and its dependencies, some organisations continue to struggle with their rebuilding efforts. The St […]

Your questions answered – Mission Congress FAQs

There has been a buzz about the upcoming Mission Congress hosted in Trinidad and Tobago on September 17 – September 22. We thought of some questions […]

Two take another step toward priesthood

GUYANA Two young men—seminarian Brother Joseph Oguejiofor and Jesuit scholastic Joel Thompson SJ are now a step closer to the priesthood. Bishop Francis Alleyne OSB of […]

Church council calls for non-partisan dialogue to crime

JAMAICA The Jamaica Council of Churches (JCC) has expressed deep concern about the crime situation in the country, and the level of brutality and brazenness to […]

Live an evangelistic lifestyle, says Bishop

JAMAICA The work of spreading the message of Jesus Christ is a calling to all Catholics. It is our commission as a nation of Christian people […]

Is surrogacy an option?

JAMAICA Archbishop Kenneth Richards of Kingston is concerned about the amount of sperm and eggs that could be wasted before and after in vitro fertilisation, which […]

Youth building a civilisation of love

ST KITTS The 2019 Catholic Youth Jamboree of St John’s-Basseterre Diocese began on the island of St Kitts, July 13. Short of 200 youth and their […]

Awareness being raised to protect children from abuse

BARBADOS With cases of neglect, physical and sexual abuse reported to the Child Care Board over the past five years, the Diocese of Bridgetown hosted an […]

Youth reflect to prepare for Congress

ST VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES A group of 13 youth and young adults referred to as ‘The Taskforce’ met June 29 at the Roman Catholic Pastoral […]

Haitian bishops declare year of prayer in response to political crisis

“Hasn’t the Lord always listened to the voice of His people crying for him? Aren’t we his people, His flock?” The bishops of Haiti have launched […]

Religious leaders discuss youth, HIV/AIDS discrimination

GUYANA Bishop Francis Alleyne OSB of Georgetown was among a contingent of Guyana faith leaders participating in a series of regional meetings under the PANCAP—Pan Caribbean […]

Protect pensions, give debt and disaster relief

PUERTO RICO With Puerto Rico mired in a US$72 billion debt crisis and struggling to recover from 2017 Hurricanes Irma and Maria, religious leaders continue to […]

Assistance needed with transport during Mission Congress

The Archdiocese of Port of Spain will host the first ever Mission Congress of the Antilles Episcopal Congress (AEC) from September 17–22. This event marks the […]

Bishop celebrates 30 years of priesthood

BELIZE Bishop Lawrence Nicasio of Belize City- Belmopan celebrated 30 years of priesthood Sunday, June 16. Bishop Nicasio was ordained a priest on June 16, 1989. […]

Ladies of Charity appeals for more resources

GUYANA As the Ladies of Charity marked 92 years of service in Guyana, the Secretary of the Association made a pitch for more human, financial and […]

Support for priest in viral funeral video

ST LUCIA Vicar General Msgr Michel Francis has maintained that based on the articles of the Criminal Code of St Lucia (2004) which deals with disturbing […]

Festival of Faith

GRENADA From early morning on Pentecost Sunday, June 9, buses and cars rolled out of the parishes, north, south and west heading central to Progress Park […]

Grenada celebrates Laudato Si’

Prayer and action came together in the recently held Laudato Si’ celebrations in Grenada to mark the anniversary of Pope Francis’ ecological encyclical. Over 300 students […]

Haiti’s bishops decry ‘organised robbery’

Thousands of Haitians took to the streets of the capital recently as they called for President Jovenel Moïse to step down. He is responsible, according to […]

Make prayer part of hurricane preparation

DOMINICA Bishop Gabriel Malzaire of Roseau is encouraging all Dominican citizens to make prayer a critical part of their disaster plan for the hurricane season which officially […]

Houses among tombs abominable, says Archbishop

ST LUCIA Archbishop Robert Rivas OP has described as ‘depressing’ and ‘abominable’ the situation at Faux A Chaud, Castries, where homes have been built among tombs. […]

VG conferred national award

GUYANA Vicar General Monsignor Terrence Montrose was conferred the Cacique Crown of Honour by President David Granger at the Investiture 2019 Ceremony held at the National […]

Elections coming, pray for the nation

DOMINICA Bishop Gabriel Malzaire of Roseau has encouraged Dominicans to pray ahead of the next general election—scheduled in December— for a peaceful country. Speaking at a […]

New priest told be rooted in the Eucharist

BARBADOS A priest forever, a priest like Melchizedek. This is how parish priest of Our Lady Queen of the Universe Msgr Vincent Blackett described Fr Kirt […]

Theology conference to explore societal issues

Fr Martin Sirju said while there has been a “positive orientation” towards the Caribbean Theology Conference over the years, there still remains the need to “get […]

Linkages between Church Law and Holiness

A group of academic canonists and others who work in tribunals gathered May 13–16 at the Halcyon Cove Resort, Antigua to discuss A Call to Holiness— […]

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 ( 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, “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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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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