Death of Bishop Zichem - Paramaribo - Suriname

Bishop Aloysius Zichem died 13th November 2016 n Paramaribo, Suriname, he was 83 years old. Bishop Zichem was ordained a priest on the 14th day of August, 1960. He belonged to the Redemptorist Religious Family. He was ordained as Titular Bishop of Fluerteventura on the 8th of February, 1970 and appointed the second Bishop of the Diocese of Paramaribo on the 30th August, 1971. His installation as the Bishop of Paramaribo took place on the 24th October, 1971. He served as Bishop until illness prevented him from continuing in his Episcopal Ministry.

We wish to extend to Bishop Karel Choennie, the priests, religious and faithful of the Diocese of Paramaribo our condolences and assure them of our prayers. We give thanks for the dedicated and inspiring service of the late Bishop Zichem not only to the people and Church of Suriname but also his great contribution to the Antilles Episcopal Conference. May his soul rest in peace.


Serving Bishops of the Antilles Episcopal Conference - 2016

Province of Castries

Archbishop Robert Rivas, Archbishop of Castries, St. Lucia

Bishop Gabriel Malzaier, Bishop of Roseau, Dominica

Bishop Jason Gordon, Bishop of Bridgetown, Barbados

Bishop Robert Llanos, Apostolic Administrator, St. John’s Basseterre, Antigua

Fr. Clifton Harris, Diocesan Administrator, St. George’s, Grenada


Province of Kingston

Archbishop Kenneth Richards, Archbishop of Kingston, Jamaica

Bishop Burchell McPherson, Bishop of Montego Bay, Jamaica

Archbishop Charles Dufour, Apostolic Administrator of Mandeville, Jamaica

Bishop Dorick Wright, Bishop of Belize & Belmopan, Belize

Bishop Christopher Glancy, Auxiliary Bishop of Belize & Belmopan


Province of Nassau

Archbishop Patrick Pinder, Archbishop of Nassau, Bahamas

Bishop Wesley Spiewak, Bishop of Hamilton, Bermuda


Province of Port of Spain

Archbishop Joseph Harris, Archbishop of Port of Spain

Bishop Francis Alleyne, Bishop of Georgetown, Guyana

Bishop Gerard County, Bishop of Kingstown, St. Vincent

Bishop Karel Choennie, Bishop of Paramaribo, Suriname

Bishop Luigi Secco, Bishop of Willemstad, Curacao


Province of Fort-de-France

Archbishop David Macaire, Archbishop of Fort-de-France, Martinique

Bishop Jean-Yves Riocreux, Bishop of Basseterre, Guadeloupe

Bishop Emmanuel Lafont, Bishop of Cayenne, Cayenne


On 29th April 2016 the Holy Father Pope Francis appointed:

H.E. Mgr Kenneth Richards, Archbishop of Kingston - previously Bishop of St. John’s Basseterre (Antigua)

H.E. Mgr. Neil Tiedemann, Titular Bishop of Cova and Auxiliary Bishop of Brooklyn (New York-USA) previously Bishop of Mandeville, Jamaica

His Grace Mgr. Charles Dufour, Archbishop Emeritus of Kingston as Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Mandeville.

Details of the date of installation for Archbishop Richards to be provided in due course.



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“The unity of the Bishops in the AEC embodies the hope and promises of the Region,” said Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Nichola Girasoli in his opening address to Bishops attending the 60th Annual Plenary Meeting at St John Vianney Seminary, Mount St. Benedict, April 10-15.

The Nuncio identified four areas which Pope Francis wanted the bishops to focus on:

  • Ministry on the essentials of evangelisation;

(2) Transparency as a requirement for credible ministry;

(3) Avoiding the trap of paralysis in response to the questions of the day; and

(4) Unity of purpose in mission that sustains communion. Continue reading

Suriname has a new Bishop

By: Paul Tjon Kiem Sang


More than 1,800 Catholic faithful of Suriname attended the solemn consecration of their new Bishop, Most Rev. Karel Choennie, as the fourth Bishop of Paramaribo, on Sunday January 24

After Rev. Esteban Kross had read and displayed the Pope’s appointment letter to all present, the ordination liturgy commenced. Karel’s predecessor, Rev. Wilhelmus de Bekker, was the principal consecrator, and the co-consecrators were Paramaribo’s metropolitan Archbishop Most Rev. Joseph Harris, and the president of the Antilles Episcopal Conference, Most Rev. Patrick Pinder, Archbishop of Nassau. Apart from these two prelates, the Archbishop of Castries, Most Rev. Robert Rivas, the Apostolic Nuncio, Most Rev. Nicola Girasoli, and our Caribbean Cardinal, His Eminence Kelvin Felix, were also present. Continue reading

Pope appoints SVG bishop

Pope appoints SVG bishop

Catholic News, Trinidad, Sunday December 27, 2015 

Fr Gerard County at the Cathedral rededication Mass on December 5. Photo Gerard Paul Wanliss

Another Trinidad-born priest will lead a diocese in the Antilles Episcopal Conference.

On Tuesday, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis had appointed Fr Gerard Maximin County CSSp, Bishop of the Diocese of Kingstown in St Vincent. Continue reading

New bishop in Bermuda

Written By  Sunday October 11, 2015 

Nuncio advises him to listen well

By Raymond Syms, Associate Editor

Bermuda’s new Catholic bishop has been reminded that his office was not one of power but of service.

Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Nicola Girasoli lays hands on Bishop Wieslaw Spiewak. Looking on at left is Archbishop Patrick Pinder of Nassau, Bahamas, and president of the Antilles Episcopal Conference. (Taken from YouTube video produced by Fr Toby Collins CR)

Preaching the homily at the episcopal ordination of Bishop Wieslaw “Wesley” Spiewak, Archbishop Nicola Girasoli, Apostolic Nuncio to the Antilles, urged him to develop a listening heart that allowed him to not just hear, but truly listen to his priests, religious and laity. This, Archbishop Girasoli stated, was vital if the Bishop was to exercise his ministry for the people entrusted to his care. Continue reading