A rare privilege

Catholic News, Trinidad - Saturday, 11 October 2014 13:23
Serving in Rome

Trinidadian Matthew Ragbir of Living Water Community, who is studying in Rome and preparing for the priesthood, was among those chosen to serve at the opening Mass of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family, celebrated at St Peter’s Basilica. In photo, Ragbir greets Pope Francis before the Mass

Trinidadian Matthew Ragbir had the privilege of carrying the processional crucifix and serving alongside seminarians from Eastern and Western Churches at last Sunday’s opening Mass of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family in Rome. Continue reading

How you pray matters

Catholic News, Trinidad, 14 September 2014 by Fr Martin SirjuParish Priest, Siparia

About ten years ago, the manager of a bank asked me to join in an ecumenical service in his bank. As is common here there was a prayer by representatives of the Christian, Muslim and Hindu faiths. It is how we do things here, or at least so I thought. Continue reading

Bishop Llanos tells People of Praise (PoP): Hold firm to doing God’s will

Catholic News, Trinidad, Saturday, 04 October 2014 22:09
Winston Garcia presents a token of appreciation to Bishop Emeritus Malcolm Galt, who was Arima’s parish priest when PoP Community was started 25 years ago. Photo Jameel Boos.

“What do we do when we celebrate 25 years of God’s love, mercy and faithfulness in our lives?” asked Auxiliary Bishop Robert Llanos. He answered, “One remains committed and firm in one’s desire to fulfil God’s will in a particular situation.” Continue reading

Catholic business leaders told: Live your faith in the workplace

Catholic News, Trinidad
Saturday, 09 August 2014 20:44
By Lara Pickford-Gordon

Catholics in the business place must try to avoid “disconnecting” themselves from their faith since it was “very easy to forget what God has called us to do” and easy to get “caught up” in the world.

The Bible is enthroned at the start of the Catholic Business Leaders’ Forum hosted by the Companions of the Transfigured Christ (CTC) on August 3 at Hilton Trinidad. Photos Raymond Syms Continue reading

Catholic educators best poised to change Region

Catholic Standard –Guyana 1st August 2014


The Catholic Bishops of the Caribbean have spent much of the time when they meet together discussing current social issues, often in a spirit of bewilderment and sense of sometimes being overwhelmed. They have asked themselves “how do we begin to reverse, reshape, renew, realign the things that we see to be out of shape, where things are not working?”. Continue reading

A challenge to young men: Have you thought about the priesthood?

Catholic News. Trinidad, Saturday, 26 July 2014 21:35
Rev Matthew Martinez is due to be ordained a Dominican friar on August 2. On the wall behind him are the Dominican shield and motto. Photo Raymond Syms

Thirty-two-year-old Rev Matthew Russell Martinez OP will become the first Trinidadian in ten years to become a Dominican priest when he is ordained by Archbishop Joseph Harris on August 2 at St Finbar’s RC Church, Diego Martin – his home parish. Associate Editor Raymond Syms interviewed Rev Matthew at St Finbar’s Priory. Continue reading

SVG says ‘Yes’ to the Word

2014 Caribbean Church News
Catholic News, Trinidad, Saturday, 19 July 2014 22:18
Members of the clergy and laity of the diocese of Kingstown in St Vincent and the Grenadines said and lived a resounding “Yes” to the Word of God during a Biblical Animation of all Pastoral Life (ABP) Encounter held June 13-15.

Vicar General Msgr Michael Stewart at the closing Mass of the ABP Encounter in St Vincent & the Grenadines.

The Encounter, held at the Pastoral Centre at Edinboro in Kingstown, was coordinated by Vicar General and ABP Delegate Msgr Michael Stewart, along with an enthusiastic local ABP team of seven, which included Sisters of St Joseph of Cluny Augustine Quarless and Martha Sebastian. Continue reading