Archbishop Joseph Harris, CSSP
Archbishop Joseph Harris was born March 19, 1942. He joined the Holy Ghost Fathers (the Spiritans) in 1960 and was ordained a priest on July 14, 1968. He attended the Novitiate of the Holy Ghost Fathers in Lac-au-Saumon, Quebec and the Holy Ghost Missionary College in Arima, Trinidad and Tobago.
After his priestly ordination, Archbishop Harris pursued graduate studies at the Seminary of St John Vianney and the Uganda Martyrs. He holds a Doctorate in Church Administration from McCormick Theological Seminary and a Master’s Degree in Theology from the Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, Illinois. He is also licensed in Canon Law.
Archbishop Harris worked in Paraguay as a missionary for 13 years until 1982. He then went to USA to further his studies and got involved in the ministry of formation specifically for Spiritan students in Chicago. On his return to Trinidad in 1987, he assumed a similar role as Director of Formation for local Spiritan students.
In 1993 he was appointed Rector of the Seminary of St John Vianney and the Uganda Martyrs. In 1997 he was elected Provincial Superior of the Spiritan Fathers. He was parish priest at St Anthony’s Petit Valley from 1999 – 2003. Up to the time of his ordination as Archbishop on September 14, 2011, he had been Parish Priest at St Ann’s (from 2007) , Judicial Vicar (from 2006), Vicar for Clergy (from 2009) and a lecturer at the Seminary (since 2000).
He was ordained Coadjutor Archbishop on September 14, 2011 and was installed as the 10th Archbishop of Port of Spain on December 08, 2011.
Archbishop Harris is fluent in Spanish and has developed a close relationship with the Spanish community in Trinidad. He has written several articles, including Theological Education and Ministerial Formation in the Caribbean Context, which was published in the Journal of Supervision and Training in Ministry. He has also presented papers at the annual Caribbean Catholic Theology Conference, on such topics as Catechesis, priestly and religious formation and Canon Law.