Presentation Brothers College (PBC), located at Old Fort, St George’s, was rededicated on January 21 to begin its 75th anniversary celebrations. The school was established on that date in 1947.
“We pray God continues to bless this institution and all associated with it,” said Vicar General Fr Carl Haynes, himself a graduate, before blessing the building and classrooms with holy water. The anniversary theme is Celebrating our contributions to national building.
Speaking during the ceremony, Fr Haynes traced the college’s history, which began with an invitation by then Archbishop Finbar Ryan OP of Port of Spain to the Presentation Brothers in Ireland to establish a secondary school in Grenada. At the time, the Church in Grenada was not a diocese and fell under the jurisdiction of the Archdiocese of Port of Spain.
Fr Haynes said PBC therefore embraces the objectives of Catholic education which is “to provide an environment in which students build and deepen their relationship with God, foster academic culture amidst the pursuit of truth, and actively promote growth” in the cardinal virtues of “prudence, justice, fortitude, temperance”.
“PBC has given 75 years of quality to the nation, producing exemplary men not only in Grenada but around the world.” He cited the school having among its alumni three prime ministers in Grenada, and recalled that years ago while studying at the Seminary of St John Vianney and the Uganda Martyrs, Mt St Benedict, Trinidad, he had learnt that its brother Presentation College, San Fernando, had produced two prime ministers.
He said the Presentation Brothers had “given birth to four children”: Presentation College, San Fernando; Presentation College, Chaguanas; St Mary’s College, St Lucia; and Presentation College, Barbados.
Fr Haynes said the Church has always “promoted the dignity of the human person” who has a God-given right to education, and referenced the Vatican Council II document, Gaudium et Spes. One role of Catholic education, he said is “to help students develop and encounter their true calling in life”.
Welcoming invited guests and those viewing the livestream, Principal Dominic Jeremiah described the event as “a significant day in the life of PBC”. Jeremiah extended greetings to the School’s Board, representatives of the Ministry of Education; The Sisters of St Joseph of Cluny (SJC), which donated the land on which the school sits; the PBC Alumni Association New York; past and present students, teachers, and parents.
A student read from Romans 12:10–13, while visiting Presentation Brother Dennis offered the Prayer of Thanksgiving for teachers, the SJC, parents, benefactors, governments that have supported the school, and students.
Chair of the 75th anniversary committee, Adrian Francis gave the vote of thanks.
The rededication ceremony ended with a minute’s silence observed for the Presentation Brothers, teachers and students who have died over the past 75 years. An anniversary Mass planned for January 22 was postponed to a later date because of an increase in Covid-19 cases. —RS