Caribbean Church

Bishop: deep spiritual base to counter school-related violence

GRENADA Education cannot take place in a context of violence or warfare. So said Bishop Clyde Harvey of St Georges-in-Grenada in a January 16 statement on […]

Parents urged to lay solid foundation for their children

JAMAICA Archbishop Kenneth Richards of Kingston is urging parents to desist from pampering their children as he believes this could leave them less willing to conform […]

Bishop urges faithful to make a game plan for 2023

BARBADOS Make a plan for 2023 and commit to deepening your faith. That was the advice from Bishop Neil Scantlebury of Bridgetown as he delivered the […]

Archbishop: legal professionals vital, must care for people seeking justice

BAHAMAS Archbishop Patrick Pinder of Nassau has reminded members of the judiciary and the legal profession that their judicial activity must be activated by care for […]

Raise consciousness to move forward in 2023

GRENADA Bishop Clyde Harvey of St Georges-in-Grenada believes that 2023 offers the perspective that persons can continue the dreams of cultural icons such as Trinidadians Hazel […]

Cardinal Felix hospitalised with Covid

Dioceses of the Antilles Episcopal Conference (AEC) have been asked to pray for the full recovery of Cardinal Kelvin Felix who has been hospitalised with Covid. […]

As seen in 2022  – Caribbean Church

As the new year begins, The Catholic News recaps some of the news highlights from the wider Caribbean Church in 2022. Celebrations Sr Marlene of Our […]

AEC on the passing of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

Statement issued December 31, 2022 that was to be read at churches and chapels at the New Year’s Vigil & New Year’s Day Masses throughout the […]

Archbishop uses Advent message to address crime situation

ST LUCIA As Christians prepare for the coming of the Prince of Peace at Christmas, Archbishop Gabriel Malzaire of Castries urged faithful to strive to be […]

Bishop Dickson: small in stature but ‘a giant of a man’

BARBADOS Bishop Emeritus Anthony ‘Tony’ Hampden Dickson was the only true prophet among all the Antilles Episcopal Conference (AEC) bishops, a prophet who dared to speak […]

Work towards oneness – Archbishop

DOMINICA As the Commonwealth of Dominica celebrated 44 years of independence Thursday, November 3, the Apostolic Administrator for the Diocese of Roseau Archbishop Gabriel Malzaire of […]

New Office established to protect minors, vulnerable adults

BAHAMAS Archbishop Patrick Pinder of Nassau has announced the establishment of the Office of Safe Environments (OSE) and the relaunch of the VIRTUS programme in the […]

Bishop institutes women acolytes

JAMAICA History was made at St Ignatius Catholic Church in Brown’s Town, St Ann Parish Saturday, October 22, as two notable events took place. Two women […]

Conversion is not a predictable path

By Lara Pickford-Gordon, There are people with no interest in matters of faith who suddenly think of practising faith and even become fervent about it. […]

New priest for Mustard Seed

JAMAICA Mustard Seed Communities (MSC) celebrated the ordination of Fr Ernest Chikwata at the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity in Kingston, Jamaica, September 8. The […]

Onslaught against family life

BARBADOS “The sneak attack on our children.” This is exactly how Bishop Neil Scantlebury of Bridgetown, Barbados described the controversial “pre-test survey” on Computer Science administered […]

Regional security means protecting God’s people, says Bishop

GRENADA “Security must mean more than arms and ammunition.” So said Bishop Clyde Harvey of St Georges-in-Grenada in his homily for the Regional Security System’s (RSS) […]

Long-serving Carmelite passes away

GUYANA Corpus Christi Carmelite Sister Angela Teresa Bacchus of the Child Jesus passed away at the Corpus Christi Carmelite Convent in Grand Anse, St George, Grenada, […]

Churches partner with government to promote restorative justice

JAMAICA The Ministry of Justice recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to form a partnership with churches, aimed at training church leaders and their congregants […]

Concerns over Barbados pre-test survey for children

“It should not have happened…you don’t do that with young children without parental consent.” This was the view of clinical psychologist Alicia Hoyte in response to […]

Pregnancy centre gifted with baby items

BELIZE In mid-August, the Seed of Life Pregnancy Resource Center (PRC) at #9 Guadalupe Street, Belize City was gifted with a donation of “a beautiful, much […]

Let Christ’s light shine – bishop’s message for independence

BELIZE As Belize approached 41 years of independence September 21, Bishop Lawrence Nicasio, in a message to faithful September 9, urged citizens to thank Almighty God […]

National development must involve civil society, churches 

GUYANA Despite some previous criticism that may have suggested the contrary, President Irfaan Ali assured representatives of the Civil Society Forum (CSF) that civil society’s involvement […]

Churches comment on fundraising raffles

JAMAICA Church leaders are expressing strong disapproval and admonishment of their colleagues who host raffles to raise funds, arguing that it is a subtle form of […]

Diocese hosts successful youth festival

SURINAME Women of the Diocese of Paramaribo were the main organisers of a three-day youth festival September 9–11 in Asewa Otono, Paramaribo under the theme Share […]

Bishop: integral human development a ‘tall order’

Chair of the Commission for Promoting Integral Human Development (Justice and Peace, Migration and Tourism, Health Care, Unemployment and Care for the Earth), Bishop Francis Alleyne […]

Archdiocese expresses sadness at child’s death at church playground

BAHAMAS The Archdiocese of Nassau has extended condolences to the family of a girl who died after a swing set fell on her at a church […]

Marian image installed in Montego Bay cathedral

JAMAICA Last August, the Embassy of the Dominican Republic in Jamaica permanently installed the image of Our Lady of Altagracia in one of the walls of […]

Caribbean catechists meet Pope at international congress

A hand-painted priest’s stole featuring the flags of all the nations comprising the Antilles Episcopal Conference (AEC) was presented to Pope Francis during an audience with […]

Integral human development is like a symphony

By Kaelanne Jordan Webinars, such as the Antilles Episcopal Conference’s (AEC) ‘Introduction to Integral Human Development’ (IHD) can become part of the efforts by the […]

Bishop’s message for Catechetical Month

This year, the Church will celebrate Catechetical Sunday on September 18 under the theme This is my body given for you (Lk 22:19). The Bishops of […]

AEC to host webinar on Integral Human Development

The Antilles Episcopal Conference (AEC) Commission for Integral Human Development will be hosting its first webinar on Wednesday, September 7 at 6 p.m. Some may be […]

Montego Bay cathedral needs restoration

JAMAICA The Diocese of Montego Bay is seeking the help of the private sector in raising JA$200 million to restore the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral. Bishop Burchell […]

Bishop comments on ‘Harbour Master’ incident involving athlete

GRENADA Bishop Clyde Harvey of St Georges-in-Grenada has spoken out on the incident that took place in Grenada on board the Harbour Master vessel August 10 […]

Bishop recovering from surgery

BELIZE Bishop Lawrence Nicasio is currently recovering from surgery at Regina Cleri, a home for retired priests in the Archdiocese of St Louis, Missouri following surgery […]

International efforts needed to deal with causes for risky migration

BAHAMAS Archbishop Patrick Pinder of Nassau reacted with sadness at the news of a boat carrying migrants from Haiti capsizing off the coast of the Bahamas […]

Work on old presbytery begins, architecture to be preserved

GUYANA The long-awaited refurbishment of the presbytery of Our Lady of Fatima Church began mid-July. The rotted exterior wooden walls facing the church have been removed […]

Archbishop to new priest… ‘lead by faith, not by feelings’

JAMAICA The Archdiocese of Kingston, Jamaica was strengthened July 10 with the ordination of a son of the soil, Deacon Ricardo Perkins SJ to the priesthood. […]

Learnings from Synod process, bishops discuss next steps

‘Let’s talk about the Synod Synthesis’ was the topic of discussion for the Antilles Episcopal Conference’s (AEC) live Facebook conversation July 8. The session was moderated […]

New Jesuit priest ordained

GUYANA There was great joy on Friday, June 24 – the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus – as a large number of people […]

Christian churches body congratulates new PM, government

GRENADA The Conference of Churches in Grenada (CCG) congratulated the people of Grenada “on the mature way in which we have exercised our democratic rights to […]

Bishop Harvey is new chair of ecumenical body

GRENADA The Conference of Churches in Grenada (CCG) elected new officers during its 42nd Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the St Andrew’s Kirk Presbyterian Church, Tuesday, […]

Archbishop Malzaire receives pallium

Metropolitan Archbishop Gabriel Malzaire of Castries, St Lucia was among the 44 archbishops from 32 countries to receive their individual pallium at the June 29 Mass […]

Bank presents Mansoor Scholarship funds to Bishop

BARBADOS When former Executive Chairman of CIBC FirstCaribbean, Michael Mansoor passed away in 2014, the bank he helped found in 2002 and led until his retirement […]

First Haitian Cardinal injured in accident

HAITI Cardinal Chibly Langlois, 63, bishop of Cayes in Haiti, was the victim of a serious traffic accident on June 8, 2022 on a national road […]

Keep election campaign standard high, says Bishop

GRENADA With campaigning activities moving into full gear following the announcement by Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell that Grenadians will go to the polls on June […]

Stop and listen to God’s voice

BARBADOS Life is so “deafening and noisy” at times that God is not heard: “…sometimes there’s this soft, gentle voice. Do we listen, do we hear? […]

Diocesan clergy association meets

The 36th annual conference of the Diocesan Clergy of the Province of Castries finally took place after a two-year delay due to Covid-19, in the Diocese […]

Family love is a way of life – Bishop

BELIZE As in every June, the Diocese of Belize and Belmopan will celebrate Family Month in preparation for the World Meeting of Families, June 22–26. In […]

First Kalinago becomes a Cluny Sister

DOMINICA On Friday, May 13, at 10 a.m., the Diocese of Roseau and the Kalinago community rejoiced that one of their very own made forever vows […]

Attack at church, Archdiocese calls for action

ST LUCIA The Archdiocese of Castries has condemned a May 8 attack at the Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Vieux Fort, where a man […]

Bishop: The Resurrection gives us second chances

BARBADOS Bishop Neil Scantlebury of Bridgetown has issued this Easter message to faithful: Dear Brothers and Sisters: Jesus Christ is risen indeed, Alleluia, Alleluia! The Resurrection […]

Bishops told to build relationship with people – heart of synodal journey

Catholic bishops of English, Dutch and French-speaking Caribbean dioceses and archdioceses recently held their Annual Plenary Meeting. The following report was submitted by the AEC Secretariat. […]

Virtual Sunday Masses should end, says new Archbishop

ST LUCIA – Newly installed Archbishop Gabriel Malzaire of Castries has called for all virtual Masses be discontinued in the Archdiocese. In a letter to faithful, […]

Easter glory fosters life, new connections

GUYANA – Bishop Francis Alleyne OSB of Georgetown has given the following Easter message: The first verse of one of our Easter hymns (#71) runs: Easter […]

St Lucia Church celebrates its new archbishop

– Metropolitan Archbishop Gabriel Malzaire installed By Kaelanne Jordan In a poignant display of authority to his successor, Archbishop Emeritus Robert Rivas OP removed and […]

Bishops support transforming education system

JAMAICA — The Catholic Church, “with its significant involvement in education at every level”, welcomed the publication of the Patterson Report and its frank assessment of […]

RC priest against legalising marijuana

BELIZE — Fr John Robinson from the Mount Carmel parish located in the Cayo district issued a pre-recorded statement last month warning that legalisation of the […]

Conversations on domestic violence, marital rape ‘necessary’ – Archbishop

BAHAMAS — Archbishop Patrick Pinder of Nassau expressed support for criminalising marital rape, noting that forced sexual activity within a marriage is a “distortion” of the […]

Diocesan youth have a new centre

ANTIGUA — On Sunday, February 27, Bishop Robert Llanos of St John’s-Basseterre blessed and opened the St Lwanga Diocesan Youth Center at Stapleton Lane, St John’s, […]

The importance of Catholic Engaged Encounter

The family is the most basic unit of the human society, and as such, it requires particular attention by the Christian community so it can carry […]

Reflect on the ‘tear garment’ event in our lives

GUYANA— Bishop Francis Alleyne OSB has given the following Lenten message: “Let your hearts be broken, not your garments torn, turn to the Lord your God […]

US charity continues work with diocese post Hurricane Maria

DOMINICA— Archbishop Elect Gabriel Malzaire of Castries, St Lucia visited Food For The Poor’s (FFTP) Coconut Creek, Florida headquarters February 18, and met with its leadership […]

Caribbean affected by Russian invasion of Ukraine – AEC President

The hearts of the Caribbean people “are broken and wounded” as we learn of the invasion of the vulnerable sovereign state of the Ukrainian People’s Republic […]

New Cayenne bishop’s motto: ‘Fear not, but believe’

The solemn celebration of the episcopal ordination of Fr Alain Ransay as Bishop of Cayenne was well attended with just over 1000 participants gathered at the […]

Caribbean dioceses share on Synod progress

The Antilles Episcopal Conference (AEC) hosted a virtual meeting on the Synod journey February 12, giving representatives from each country the opportunity to share about their […]

A run for Christian unity

BELIZE— The ‘5K for Unity in Christ’ occurred during the week of prayer for Christian unity. In the well-attended and joyful family event held on January […]

New St Gerard’s church opens in capital

HAITI— Sunday January 9, 2022 will be forever remembered in the hearts of parishioners and the annals of the congregation as a day of the inauguration […]

Archbishop-elect Malzaire says ‘WORK TO BE DONE’

By Kaelanne Jordan On the heels of his appointment as Metropolitan Archbishop of Castries, St Lucia, Friday, February 11, Archbishop-elect Gabriel Malzaire of Roseau has […]

New archbishop appointed, St Lucia Church thrilled

The Church in St Lucia is celebrating Pope Francis’ appointment of Bishop Gabriel Malzaire of Roseau as the new Metropolitan Archbishop of Castries, St Lucia. “The […]

Bishop Malzaire appointed Archbishop of Castries

Bishop Gabriel Malzaire of Roseau is returning to his homeland as the new Metropolitan Archbishop of Castries, St Lucia. A press release from the Chancery, Archdiocese […]

Assist migrants, says Archbishop

BAHAMAS As the chances of survival for several dozen migrants lost in the Florida Straits waned on Wednesday, January 26, Archbishop Patrick Pinder of Nassau lamented […]

Archbishop uses culture to communicate, evangelise

JAMAICA Archbishop Kenneth Richards of Kingston is certainly not averse to having fun. But it is clear that he balances this with his mission, which is […]

AEC congratulates, welcomes new French Guiana bishop

The President of the Antilles Episcopal Conference (AEC) has extended congratulations to the newly ordained Bishop Alain Ransay of Cayenne, French Guiana. Bishop Ransay was ordained […]

CAST 2021 grads told to enhance Church’s communications

By Kaelanne Jordan   Email: Twenty-one participants from the Antilles Episcopal Conference (AEC) region were presented certificates of completion at their 6 p.m. graduation ceremony—albeit virtually— […]

Presentation Brothers College celebrates 75th anniversary

GRENADA 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 […]

Diocesan fiscal officers meet virtually

BAHAMAS In his welcome address to officers and members of the Conference of Antilles Diocesan Fiscal Officers (CADFO), Archbishop Patrick Pinder of Nassau, and Episcopal Moderator […]

Clergy on retreat, encouraged to minister to each other

MARTINIQUE The clergy of the Archdiocese of St Pierre and Fort de France gathered January 10 to 14 at the Foyer de Charité in Trinité with […]

Final vows in Grenada

Sr Roxanne Mary Neckles made her Final Profession of Religious Vows to the Sisters of The Sorrowful Mother (SSM) on January 6 before General Superior Sr […]

Put God at the centre and make 2022 an awesome year

BARBADOS In his New Year’s message to faithful, Bishop Neil Scantlebury of Bridgetown called on citizens to give God thanks for all the blessings, even the […]

Bishop offers new year advice to parents, workers, teachers

DOMINICA “It is one thing to be what we are from God’s perspective, but it is yet another thing to believe what God sees in us […]

Archbishop remixes Bounty Killer’s song

JAMAICA Archbishop Kenneth Richards of Kingston remixed dancehall artist Bounty Killer’s ‘Miss Ivy Last Son’ (Run come up inna me Magnum bwoy), replacing the violent imagery […]

Bishop: Renew relationship with God to renew society

JAMAICA Bishop John Persaud has observed that the isolation from Covid-19 has brought home the “simple fact”, that although we may have access to sunlight, rain, […]

Bishops call for an end to crises

HAITI The Episcopal Conference of Haiti (ECH) has expressed concern at the ongoing economic, political and security crisis in the French-speaking Caribbean Community (Caricom) country, calling […]

Become more like Christ

GUYANA In his Christmas message to the diocese, Bishop Francis Alleyne OSB of Georgetown has called on faithful “to pray for increase, expansiveness, growth, blossoming and […]

Priests call for justice, freedom, peace to reign

A group of Catholic Cuban priests signed a letter addressed to the Cuban authorities urging them not to use violence against a planned November 15 march […]

 French Guiana to get new bishop

Pope Francis has appointed Fr Alain Ransay of Martinique to be the new Bishop of the diocese of Cayenne, French Guiana. A date for the episcopal […]

Dream about the Church we are called to be

GUYANA Bishop Francis Alleyne OSB has given the following message for the Season of Advent: “… to inspire people to dream about the Church we are […]

RC Bishop on B’dos becoming a Republic: “Excellent opportunity to build”

Barbados marked its 55th anniversary of independence from Britain November 30, with the added significance of transitioning from a constitutional monarchy to a Republic after 400 […]

Count your blessings –Bishop on 46th Independence Day

SURINAME Bishop Karel Choennie of Paramaribo asserted that citizens should count their blessings and ask themselves how they can make the self-sacrificing love come true in […]

Bilingual programme provides model for education

GUYANA A bilingual education programme created by the Diocese of Georgetown has caught the eye of the Guyanese government as a potential model for its national […]

Painting for Synod 2021–2023

BELIZE Bishop Lawrence Nicasio (left) and seminarians stand near a painting done to commemorate the start of the Synod 2021–2023 process at the opening Mass on […]

Convent under construction

GUYANA A new convent is under construction for the Servant of the Lord and the Virgin of Matara Sisters (SSVM) in Charity, Essequibo Coast. The Sisters […]

New cloak for the Cirío

SURINAME Cirío de Nazaré, the patron saint of Belém and the state of Pará in Brazil, is celebrated in a grand manner every year on the […]

New Jesuit deacon inspired by Laudato Si’

GUYANA Guyanese Jesuit, Joel Thompson SJ, was ordained to the transitional diaconate in Berkeley, California, USA, on October 23 along with eight of his Jesuit classmates. […]

Church in the eye of the kidnapping storm

HAITI Although it’s not public knowledge whether a ransom was ever paid to a Haitian gang for the release of a group of people including six […]

Catholic Standard Editor remembered for his constancy

GUYANA The funeral service for Colin Anthony Smith, Editor of Catholic Standard, took place Friday, October 22 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Brickdam. The […]

‘Young people want to be listened to’

– AEC President, youth leaders discuss Synod 2021–2023 Why a synod on synodality? “This is a very interesting question, and I’m sure it is a question […]

The disconnections and connections of the pandemic CTCT November conference launched

By Ottrisha Carter Are you thinking about registering for the upcoming virtual biennial Conference on Theology in the Caribbean Today (CTCT)? You should be! CTCT hosted […]

New book highlights Church’s work in building Belmopan

BELIZE Our Lady of Guadalupe Co-Cathedral in Belmopan launched a comprehensive book of its 50-year history in Belmopan, and the growth of Belmopan as the newest […]

Biblical Federation holds virtual Encounter on Synodality

To mark both the Feast of St Jerome and the closing of the Month of the Bible, FEBIC LAC (Federacion Biblica Latino Americana y Caribena)—The Biblical […]

Catholic agencies continue to help Haiti in aftermath of earthquake

HAITI Almost two months after a 7.1-magnitude earthquake and a hurricane compounded Haiti’s woes, Catholic aid agencies are struggling to help get people back on their […]

In times of crisis, people need to pray and come together – Bishop

DOMINICA On the Feast of Our Lady of La Salette, Sunday, September 19, Bishop Gabriel Malzaire of Roseau began his reflection by describing our Blessed Lady […]

Religious leaders speak on pandemic, vaccines

ANTIGUA Bishop Robert Llanos of St John’s-Basseterre is countering the banter that the Covid-19 vaccine is the “mark of the beast”. He maintains that the passage […]

Diocese celebrates Bible Month

DOMINICA With the slogan, September is Bible Month, the Diocese of Roseau launched a series of instructions on the Bible to encourage the people of God […]

Children’s Home thankful for sizeable donation

ST LUCIA The Ministry of External Affairs, International Trade, Civil Aviation and Diaspora Affairs has facilitated “a sizeable monetary contribution” to the Holy Family Children’s Home […]

Bishop addresses Covid-19 outbreak at diocesan senior citizens’ homes

GRENADA Bishop Clyde Harvey of St George’s-in-Grenada has issued a statement, September 14, concerning the Covid-19 situation at the senior citizens’ homes, which are part of […]

Bishop Harvey comments on Minaj’s tweet

Bishop Clyde Harvey of St Georges-in-Grenada has cautioned that entertainers can wield more influence than government officials and the use of reason alone is not enough […]

Churches closed in solidarity with unvaccinated members

GUYANA Bishop Francis Alleyne OSB of Georgetown has announced that beginning Friday, September 10, churches will be closed for public worship until further notice in solidarity […]

Christian leaders concerned about rising Covid-19 cases

GRENADA The Conference of Churches in Grenada (CCG) joined the rest of the nation in expressing concern for the country as the Covid-19 crisis has entered […]

National Day of Prayer for God’s mercy

DOMINICA As Dominica is currently experiencing a surge in Covid-19 cases, with a reported 1,998 total cases and 5 deaths as of September 7, a National […]

Pope sends aid to Haiti

Pope Francis will be sending nearly a quarter of a million dollars (US) to help people in Haiti, who are struggling in the aftermath of a […]

Jesuits launch film project on historic churches

GUYANA As one way of helping the wider community to better know and see the Catholic church in Guyana, the Jesuits in Guyana (SJ Communications) have […]

Orphanage celebrates 170th anniversary

GUYANA On July 2, 1847, less than 50 years after the country had been ceded to the British and barely nine years after the abolition of […]

Resurrection Prayer Garden opened

DOMINICA Several parishioners in St Luke devoted their time, talent, and treasure in preparation for the opening of the Resurrection Prayer Garden on August 7. The […]

Special collection for Haiti

GUYANA Bishop Francis Alleyne OSB of Georgetown has appealed to citizens to “stretch a hand for Haiti” following the 7.2 magnitude earthquake August 14, which caused […]

New priest remembers spiritual father at ordination

ST VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES The ordination of Nigeria-born Rev Peter Emmanuel as priest of the Kingstown diocese was likened to a “gift” to the diocese […]

Christian Council calls on leaders to avoid ‘incendiary language’

ST VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES The St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) Christian Council says they are “concerned” about the recent development reported in the media […]

Bishop Persaud for annual Mass

GUYANA Organisers of what is known as the annual ‘Guyanese New York Mass’ which is held in New York, USA are planning to hold the event […]

My Caribbean School for Catholic Communications experience

By Brianne Gomes As a Youth Journalist Intern for the Catholic Youth Commission, I was granted the opportunity to attend the Caribbean School for Catholic Communications […]

Learning to sync or swim

Youth interns Brianne Gomes and Joshua Britto, both 19, share their experience of the 2021 Caribbean School for Catholic Communications (August 2–7). Following is Britto’s perspective. […]

Seminary planted seeds of hope, faith, and love

Beloved Catholic Faithful, On behalf of the bishops of the Antilles Episcopal Conference, I congratulate the Seminary of St John Vianney and the Uganda Martyrs as […]

Vaccination: An act of love – Bishop

DOMINICA Being vaccinated against the coronavirus in the context of today’s pandemic is tantamount to an act of love of self and love of neighbour. So […]

Don’t go down path to legalise marijuana – Churches tell gov’t

BELIZE The Council of Churches in Belize issued a media statement late July on an important matter for the nation–the legalisation of marijuana. The release stated […]

Priest expelled in 1980s dies in homeland

GUYANA Fr Patrick ‘Paddy’ Connors SJ died peacefully at around 8.30 p.m. on Friday, July 2 in the St Wilfrid’s community house in Preston, England. His […]

Internat Sainte Madelaine – hope in Haiti

Haiti has been in the news recently, unfortunately not for good reason. But here’s a sign of hope from the HaiT&T Foundation. The proverb found in […]

Christian group calls for continued protests

CUBA The Christian Liberation Movement in Cuba has called on people to continue to pressure communist authorities to hold a general election. The country has seen […]

Fr Paul celebrates 25 years a priest

GUYANA Fr Paul Martin SJ celebrated his 25th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood July 13 with Mass at the Missionaries of Charity home in Houston, […]

Historic church reopens

GUYANA Bishop Francis Alleyne OSB of Georgetown welcomed back church goers Sunday, July 11, as he reopened the 96-year-old church of Our Lady of Peace at […]

Diocese mourns sudden death of ‘Fr Jacky’

DOMINICA Bishop Gabriel Malzaire of Roseau has sent his condolences to the parish communities served by Fr Jean-Jacques Merilan CSsR. ‘Fr Jacky’, as he was known, […]

Parishes told to be prepared for hurricane season

GRENADA “Well folks, you know how we does operate— pray like mad and hopefully that too will pass—but are we prepared?” Bishop Clyde Harvey of St […]

Pope expresses closeness with Cuban people

CUBA VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis expressed his closeness to the people of Cuba after protests erupted on the island nation. In his first public […]

Archbishop Rivas expresses gratitude for golden jubilee of priesthood

ST LUCIA At age 75, Archbishop Robert Rivas OP of Castries asserts he has reached the milestone of gratitude. He described his tenure as Archbishop in […]

AEC bishops express support, solidarity to Haitian people

The Antilles Episcopal Conference (AEC) has expressed its “prayerful support and solidarity” to the people of Haiti. The English-, Dutch-, and French-speaking Caribbean bishops also hoped […]

Caribbean theologians continue their mission during pandemic

As the Conference on Theology in the Caribbean Today (CTCT) prepares for its 27th conference this year, the Catholic News will feature various aspects of this […]

Bishop on vaccines: trust in God’s gift of science

BELIZE Bishop Lawrence Nicasio of Belize City, Belmopan took his first dose of the Covid-19 AstraZeneca vaccine March 29 and his second dose in June. “We […]

Diocesan office offers English classes for migrant children

GUYANA For the past few years, the Georgetown Diocese has been providing free English language classes to migrants. With the advent of the Covid-19 pandemic last […]

Being sorry for Haiti must become deeds of justice and love – Bishop Harvey

“God weeps over His Haitian people.” So said Bishop Clyde Harvey of St George’s-in-Grenada as he publicly commented on the July 7 assassination of Haiti’s President […]

New executive of Antilles Canon Law Society elected

The following is an excerpt from Msgr Palud’s first correspondence to the members of the Society: We have many challenges to meet. I would envision our […]

St Joseph Mercy Hospital opens new chapel, pharmacy

GUYANA Following the catastrophic fire which destroyed large sections of the St Joseph Mercy Hospital in Georgetown in 2010, the authorities there have been focused on […]

Don’t settle for being just a ‘good priest’ – Bishop Scantlebury

As Deacons Omaris Valmond and Moses Kabuga Gikandi were consecrated priests for the Bridgetown diocese Saturday, July 3, ordaining prelate Bishop Neil Scantlebury stressed, “it is […]

New priest, deacon ordained

BELIZE Bishop Lawrence Nicasio of Belize City, Belmopan ordained Rev Marcos Rodriguez to the priesthood on the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Friday, June […]

Mandeville bishop works on building relationships with people

JAMAICA Since being ordained September 19, 2020, and assuming duties as Bishop of Mandeville in the midst of a global pandemic, Bishop John Persaud is sharing […]

Church in Latin America, Caribbean meet to discuss ongoing challenges

The first Ecclesial Assembly of Latin America and the Caribbean will take place November 21 to 28, 2021 at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe […]

AEC Pres to new bishop: The people expect you to be ‘real, truthful, transparent’

BARBADOS In extending congratulations to Bishop Neil Scantlebury on his elevation to the episcopacy, the President of the Antilles Episcopal Conference (AEC) asserted that the confidence […]

Diocese of Bridgetown, Barbados welcomes first local bishop

Kaelanne Jordan Email: Fr Neil Sebastian Scantlebury’s election as bishop of Bridgetown on December 28, 2020, Feast of Holy Innocents, came at a time when […]

‘Vincentians’ continue their calling, to help those in need

How is the Church continuing to help those most in need during the lockdowns in the pandemic? Senior writer Lara Pickford-Gordon found out and reports. “It […]

Vaccination ‘is in best interest of all the people’

GRENADA Delivering a homily at the Catholic church in Mt Parnassus, St George late May, Bishop Clyde Harvey of St George’s-in-Grenada said the situation with the […]

Cathedral parishioners in outreach

While the eyes of the world are on the victims of the recent volcanic eruption in St Vincent and the Grenadines, the Diocese of Kingstown asserted […]

Guyana: Ignatian year begins

The Jesuit priests stationed at the church of St Ignatius, in St Ignatius, Central Rupununi, celebrated a special Mass on May 23 (Pentecost Sunday) to mark […]

Live the mystery of the Ascension

GUYANA Parishioners of the Church of the Ascension in New Amsterdam, Berbice gathered under strict Covid-19 protocols to celebrate the conclusion of the Easter celebration and […]

Bishop Riocreux retires

GUADELOUPE Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Jean-Yves Riocreux of Basse-Terre and Pointe-à-Pitre on Thursday, May 13 as he has reached the age limit […]

Bridgetown diocese prepares for new bishop

BARBADOS Bishop-elect Neil Sebastian Scantlebury will be ordained as the fourth Bishop of Bridgetown, Barbados June 11, the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, […]

New priest, deacon in June

BELIZE Saturday, May 15 marked the end of Deacon Marcos Rodriguez’s eight years of studies required by Canon Law to be ordained to the Order of […]

T&T locals send aid to Kingstown diocese

Three containers filled with items were sent to St Vincent in early May to help those affected by the volcanic eruption. From April 15, citizens were […]

Missionary discipleship is key pastoral initiative

ANTIGUA Like any other country in the world, the Diocese of St John’s-Basseterre has experienced some measure of government implemented lockdown to fight COVID-19. While there […]

Marian grotto erected at cathedral

Antigua An idea that started one year ago has now come to fruition. The Holy Family Cathedral Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes became a reality […]

Archdiocese seeks to assist Haitian refugees

BAHAMAS St Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Marsh Harbor, on Abaco Island, was damaged beyond use by Hurricane Dorian. The Archdiocese of Nassau continues to […]

Easter story is about life, family

BELIZE What would life be if Jesus had remained comfortably in the dark tomb? Bishop Lawrence Nicasio of Belize City and Belmopan posed this question in […]

Church leaders speak out on crime, policing, SoEs

JAMAICA In the face of “alarming” stories of crime and violence that have filled the news over the course of the past few months, Jamaica’s Catholic […]

AEC bishops meet on Catholic education, disaster preparedness

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: Twitter: @kaelanne1 In view of the COVID-19 pandemic and its associated restrictions on public gatherings, the bishops of the Antilles Episcopal […]

RC community called to assist Vincentian evacuees

DOMINICA In response to the current situation in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), the Diocese of Roseau has proposed various ways to help. A release […]

May Easter create space for a new beginning – Bishop

JAMAICA Easter is the celebration of good over evil, life over death, light over darkness. It is the celebration of the end of the long reign […]

Diocesan administrator appointed

FRENCH GUIANA Pope Francis, through the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, has appointed Bishop Michel Marie Jacques Dubost CIM, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of […]

Let us make the Easter story our own – Bishop’s message

GUYANA Bishop Francis Alleyne OSB of Georgetown has issued the following Easter message. The full text was published in the diocesan weekly Catholic Standard. The vaccines […]

Soufrière erupts: Bishop thankful for prayers & “tremendous” support

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: Bishop Gerard County CSSp of Kingstown is appealing for all to pray for the Diocese as evacuation continues in the wake […]

New Commissions and Chairs for the AEC

Over the last year, the Antilles Episcopal Conference (AEC) embarked on several new organisational and pastoral initiatives. First, they identified five pastoral initiatives on which the […]

Church, MoE in dialogue on ‘Common Entrance’ places

GRENADA The Church in Grenada is in discussion with the Ministry of Education (MoE) on Common Entrance places. A mid-March news report from The New Today […]

Bishop on vaccinations – Let’s do this for each other

GUYANA Bishop Francis Alleyne OSB of Georgetown received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on March 12. Following his vaccination, he encouraged people to get […]

New parish named after St Joseph

GUYANA The Parish of St Joseph, Husband of Mary – that is the name of the newest parish in the Diocese of Georgetown. Bishop Francis Alleyne […]

Deacon supports Canon law change

JAMAICA A move by Pope Francis to amend Canon law allowing women to formally become lectors and acolytes in the Catholic Church (CN, January 24) is […]

New convent for Pallottines

BELIZE The Pallottine Sisters have moved into their new convent two years after taking the difficult decision to demolish their old one at Princess Margaret Drive, […]

‘Don’t be afraid, take the vaccine’

ANTIGUA Bishop Robert Llanos of St John’s-Basseterre is encouraging all to receive the COVID-19 vaccine because it is the “morally and ethically correct thing to do.” […]

Receiving vaccine promotes the common good

BAHAMAS Archbishop Patrick Pinder is appealing to faithful of the Archdiocese of Nassau and to all persons of goodwill who are eligible and able to receive […]

Archbishop Rivas: ‘No excuses, get the vaccine’

ST LUCIA As part of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, several prominent members of society were invited to receive their first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. […]

New Apostolic Administrator for Bridgetown

While COVID-19 has delayed the ordination of Barbados-born Bishop-elect Neil Scantlebury as the new Bishop of the diocese of Bridgetown, the way is now clear for […]

Church providing advice and support to migrants

GUYANA When hundreds of migrants from Venezuela began arriving in Guyana in 2018, the Catholic Church was part of the Venezuela Support Group (VSG). This group […]

Montego Bay community reaches out to poor with food, medicine

JAMAICA In an effort to assist the less fortunate in the wider community, Bishop Burchell McPherson of Montego Bay and his team at the Blessed Sacrament […]

Become vessels of the goodness of God

GRENADA Bishop Clyde Harvey of St George’s-in-Grenada said he is moved to implore faithful to make this Lent one of deeper silence. Silence, the bishop said […]

We are the same dust… we share a common humanity

GUYANA Bishop Francis Alleyne OSB has called on Catholic faithful in Guyana to reflection and prayer to mend the nation’s “divisions and the divisiveness… especially where […]

Faith leaders urge Biden on jobs, disaster aid

PUERTO RICO In a letter sent to US President Joe Biden, 20 major Puerto Rico and US religious leaders urged actions on disaster relief, job creation […]

Cuban Catholics call for political and social reform

“It is time to return to God.” Hundreds of Cuban Catholics, priests, and laity alike, pointing out their country’s state of profound crisis, are calling for […]

SVP donates tablets to students

DOMINICA Since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic during the first quarter of 2020, and virtual learning became the norm, the opportunity arose to […]

Bishops call for dialogue

HAITI The bishops of Haiti have released a message deploring the catastrophic situation prevailing in the country and called for a national dialogue. “The country is […]

Dominica bishop: Be a neighbour not a stranger

ANTIGUA Bishop Gabriel Malzaire of Roseau has observed that persons have become accustomed to looking the other way, passing by, ignoring situations until they are affected […]

Postponement of the ordination of Fr Scantlebury

BARBADOS The recent developments with COVID-19 in Barbados, including the reduction in the number of persons permitted to gather, have made it necessary for the ordination […]

Restructuring of the AEC Commissions

The Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples has granted the canonical Recognito (cf canon 449) for the change to the Statues of the Antilles Episcopal Conference […]

Priest deeply worried by vocation crisis

GUYANA As he celebrated his third priestly anniversary, January 28,  Fr Carl Philadelphia shared he is “deeply worried” about his Diocese. “There’s a crisis that nobody […]

Archbishop: comply with new COVID protocols

ST LUCIA “…don’t make a fuss over it, comply.” This was the call from Archbishop Robert Rivas OP of Castries as he delivered a statement on […]

Church joins new Civil Society Forum

GUYANA The Catholic Church in Guyana is one of a coalition of organisations which have come together to form the Civil Society Forum (CSF). The new […]

More youth disaster emergency teams

DOMINICA The Caritas Dominica Youth Emergency Action Committees launched and commissioned its Roseau and Environs Team on January 17 during a ceremony that took place at […]

CAST 2021 has begun

The CAST (Communication for the Antilles Specialist Training) Programme, a comprehensive communications training programme, began with an orientation session on Saturday, January 16, 2021. A total […]

Stand together, build up one another -Bishop on diocese’s 50th anniversary

ANTIGUA The St John’s-Basseterre diocese celebrated 50 years as a diocese January 16, preceded by 333 years of Catholic presence in the islands of Antigua and […]

Bandits free kidnapped sister

HAITI After only two days in captivity, a kidnapped religious sister has been freed. According to information sent to Agenzia Fides by the Secretary General of […]

Keyboard for Mercy Home

GUYANA Mercy Resident Care received a digital keyboard, sponsored by Friends of Mercy on behalf of the De Mendonca/Martins families formerly of New Amsterdam, now resident […]

Post-hurricane rebuilding gets US$ boost

BAHAMAS Despite curfews, lockdowns, and COVID-19 travel restrictions, rebuilding of a Bahamas church destroyed in 2019’s Hurricane Dorian is about to begin—with a little help from […]

Masses suspended again because of COVID spike

ST VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES Bishop Gerard County has suspended weekend Masses in the Diocese of Kingstown again because of an increase in COVID-19 cases in […]

Bishops group meets on critical issues

The imminent retirement of Archbishop Robert Rivas OP of Castries, the question of the decriminalisation of marijuana, and of unemployment in the region because of COVID-19 […]

Laws criminalising homosexuality should be made ‘null and void’ – bishop

GUYANA Bishop Francis Alleyne OSB of Georgetown has called for laws in his country that criminalise homosexuality to be made “null and void”. Bishop Alleyne made […]

The gift of COVID-19

GRENADA “Where has Christ been born in Grenada’s experience of the pandemic?” Bishop Clyde Harvey posed this question in his Christmas message to the diocese of […]

There is no Christmas outside of God

BELIZE The following is the full text of Bishop Lawrence Nicasio’s Christmas message to the Diocese of Belize City and Belmopan. “We will get through this […]

Caribbean Church Review 2020

While COVID-19 has been the story of the year, there were other top stories coming out from the wider Catholic Church in the Caribbean. Here are […]

Unmasking the digital world

From SIGNIS Caribbean: ***************************************** Not unlike the rest of the world, the countries involved in SIGNIS Caribbean were caught completely off guard with the […]

Guadeloupe bishop has COVID-19

Bishop Jean-Yves Riocreux of the Diocese of Basse-Terre and Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe has COVID-19. A December 21 press release on the diocese’s Facebook page, and posted to […]

First Barbadian to be ordained bishop

The Diocese of Bridgetown, Barbados will now have one of its own as bishop as Pope Francis has appointed Fr Neil Sebastian Scantlebury, 55, to become […]

New RC bishop appointed to Barbados

Pope Francis has appointed Fr Neil Sebastian Scantlebury, 55, to be the next bishop of the Diocese of Bridgetown, Barbados. He will become the first Barbadian […]

Life imprisonment not capital punishment – Bishop

DOMINICA Following the controversial sentencing of Rodman Lewis who was found guilty November 19 of murdering his girlfriend in 2015, Bishop Gabriel Malzaire of Roseau shared […]

Ballroom dancing can help improve male-female relationships

GRENADA Bishop Clyde Harvey of St George’s-in-Grenada has called for a deeper emphasis in families, the education system and government, on working with males on the […]

Advent pivotal in setting tone to follow Christ

DOMINICA “We are to make way for new beginnings” as individuals cannot arrive at Christmas the same as they are today. This was the crux of […]

Let us speak, breathe, build unity – Archbishop at closing of virtual assembly

ST LUCIA At the closing Mass for the first ever Archdiocesan Virtual Assembly, Sunday, November 15, two questions were posed by Archbishop Robert Rivas OP of […]

New Jamaica bishop sees opportunities for growth in Mandeville

“When someone approached me and said ‘Bishop’, I used to look around to see who they were speaking to, but I think I am slowly getting […]

Clergy meeting focuses on community

GUYANA Bishop Francis Alleyne OSB along with 20 priests and other clergy who serve in Guyana came together November 17–19 for one of the main annual […]

Newest priest ordained on birthday

GUYANA The number of priests in Guyana increased by one when India-born Deacon Francis Savarimuthu was ordained for a lifetime of service as a Diocesan priest. […]

Pope accepts resignation of Bishop of Cayenne

FRENCH GUIANA Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of the pastoral office of the diocese of Cayenne, French Guiana, tendered by Bishop Emmanuel Lafont, reported the […]

New wheels

ST VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES Earlier this year, Dr Cecelia Anzures, a long-time friend of Fr Ron Knott, contacted him to inform that she was donating […]

Be vigilant to be safe from COVID-19

Bishop’s Independence message DOMINICA As Dominica celebrated 42 years of independence, November 3, Bishop Gabriel Malzaire of Roseau said it is worth noting that within the […]

Child spots assailant, helps police recover bishop’s stolen ring

GUYANA Catholic News contributor Felix Edinborough has since spoken to Bishop Francis Alleyne OSB after he was assaulted and robbed while presiding over Mass at the […]

Bishop Alleyne robbed during Mass

A man believed to be of unsound mind walked up to Bishop Francis Alleyne and robbed him while he was presiding over Mass at the Cathedral of […]

Kingston creates communications commission

Impelled by the Archdiocese of Kingston’s Strategic Plan 2020-2030, Archbishop Kenneth Richards of Kingston, established the Communications Commission of the Archdiocese of Kingston September 29. According […]

Chapeau Paille Day and Flag Day – DOMINICA

Chapeau Paille Day, also referred to as Creole Hat Day, was celebrated October 16, and observed as part of National Pride and Heritage Month. Children and […]

Jamaica bishops on Pope’s comments

Most Rev Kenneth D Richards, DD, CD, Archbishop of Kingston A few bishops of the Antilles Episcopal Conference have commented on the recent news item. Here […]

Mass for racial harmony in Guyana held in NY

The annual Mass for New York-based Guyanese Catholics and nationals, usually held in early October for the past 30 years, was initially cancelled this year on […]

Senior deacon dies

ST LUCIA The Archdiocese of Castries mourns the passing of Rev Bertrand Clauzel, a permanent deacon for 46 years. After a few months of illness, he […]

Teachers must deliver lessons of Christian living – Bishop

BELIZE A special liturgical celebration was held virtually for all managers, principals, teachers, parents, friends, and stakeholders in Catholic education on September 24. The Mass was […]

Author calls for change in course for education

SURINAME Surinamese politician Ivan Fernald recently presented Bishop Karel Choennie of Paramaribo a copy of his latest book We have to change course. An AEC Communications […]

CTCT calls for a Caribbean Jubilee

Caribbean Jubilee and Creation: In a Time of Pandemic and Natural Disaster, the theme of the third virtual forum hosted by the Conference on Theology in […]

Mass times change because of national curfew

BAHAMAS   Archbishop Patrick Pinder of Nassau has issued a notice to priests, deacons and all the faithful of New Providence and Abaco on changes to […]

African missionary congregation marks decade of service

GRENADA The congregation of the Handmaids of the Holy Child Jesus (HHCJ) is celebrating ten years of service to Grenada. The missionary congregation was started by […]

Diocese to celebrate golden jubilee, Marian shrine nears completion

ANTIGUA   While the COVID-19 pandemic has continued to threaten future events, the resiliency of faithful of the Diocese of St John’s-Basseterre will not allow anything […]

Cathedral a national monument, gov’t should help with renovations—bishop

DOMINICA The Government of Dominica has been invited to play a greater role in the cathedral renovation effort. Bishop Gabriel Malzaire of Roseau extended that invitation […]

St Martin’s celebrates good results

ST VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES During the 2019/2020 academic year, the Catholic St Martin’s Secondary School (SMSS) has made several strides in the way forward. The […]

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 […]