Bishop Gabriel Malzaire of Roseau, Dominica expressed heartfelt thanks to all the individuals, groups and organisations that assisted and are still assisting the diocese through their difficult times.
“The outpouring of generosity from our brothers and sisters in the region and beyond has been unprecedented. The flow of volunteers who came to our assistance is a model for true Caribbean and international solidarity,” the bishop said in a Christmas message, December 24 to brothers in the episcopate, clergy, religious and faithful in the Antilles Episcopal Conference (AEC) and beyond.
Bishop Malzaire, the President of the Antilles Episcopal Conference, acknowledged that the last three months have been daunting for the Church, the government and the entire people of the Commonwealth of Dominica after the passing of Hurricane Maria last September.
“Depicted by the obvious disturbance to individual lives and the setbacks to national development, it has been a learning experience for us,” he said.
Cognisant of the challenges still ahead, Bishop Malzaire believed that with the continued support of all coupled with the resilience of its people, the country will succeed in building a stronger and better Dominica.
“May the peace that emanates from the Christ Child find a ready abode in each of our hearts and may the new year bring success, health and prosperity to all,” he said.