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Noleen Azille, Diocesan VIRTUS Coordinator welcomes St Joseph’s Academy principal Rudolph Davis before the start of the session. Vicar General Fr Pierre Tevi-Benissan SVD is at left.


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 Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago), Nassau (Bahamas) and Kingston (Jamaica); and the dioceses of Mandeville (Jamaica) and Hamilton (Bermuda) have already introduced the programme.

Tricia Syms, Episcopal Delegate for the Archdiocesan Family Life Commission in Trinidad, was invited to introduce the latest version of the programme, VIRTUS 3.0. She was the main facilitator with Diocesan VIRTUS Co-ordinator, Noleen Azille assisting.

Sessions were held in St Kitts and Antigua and were well received by participants. Two sessions were held August 30 in St Kitts at the Immaculate Conception Catholic School, the only Catholic school on the island.

The morning conference was attended by 35 teaching and ancillary staff of the school, while the evening session catered to catechists from the island’s three parishes, as well as youth leaders, deacons and religious. There were 50 participants including two priests.

Antigua’s session was held September 1 at the Halcyon Cove Hotel conference room. More than 100 persons participated including teaching and ancillary staff of the two Catholic secondary schools, and one