Port of Spain - Prelate Information

9th Archbishop of Port of Spain

Archbishop’s House, 27 Maraval Road, St. Clair, Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago
Tel: (868) 622–1103; Fax: (868) 622 –1165; Cables: ROMCATH Port of Spain;
e–mail: abishop@carib–link.net

Born: December 26, 1936
Priestly Ordination: June 21, 1964
Episcopal Ordination: September 7, 1994
Appointed as 9th Archbishop of Port of Spain: March 20, 2001
Installed as Archbishop: May 5, 2001


The left side of the viewer:

These arms are composed of blue field on which are displayed three silver (white) peaks to recall that Christopher Columbus named the island for “The Trinity” when he discovered
it in 1498. Above the three peaks is an eight pointed star, emitting ray toward the base, to honour the Blessed Virgin Mary in her title of the Immaculate Conception, titular of the Cathedral-Church of the diocese.

For his personal arms, seen in the sinister impalement (right side) of the shield, His Grace, Archbishop Gilbert, has retained the arms that he adopted at the time that he was selected to receive the fullness of Christ’s Most Holy Priesthood, as he became Bishop of the Diocese of Roseau, in the Commonwealth of Dominica, also in the West Indies.

These arms are composed of three sections. To the lower
left is a silver (white) field on which is seen a simple, wooden (brown) abbot’s crozier to honour Saint Gilbert who was an abbot. This symbolism is place beside a red field on which is placed a gold (yellow) carpenter’s square to honour the Archbishop’s baptismal patron, Saint Joseph, the worker.

All of these symbols are placed below a blue field on which are placed the symbols of the Archbishop’s religious order, the Redemptorists, the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer. This is composed of a cross that is placed on a lance and a pole with a sponge on the end. These are symbolic of the price that Christ paid for our redemption. These are placed between the abbreviations of the names of Joseph and Mary.

color="#000000">For his motto, Archbishop Gilbert uses the phrase “THE LORD IS MY STRENGTH.” It is through the use of this phrase taken from the prophet Isaiah (Is. 12:2) that His Grace expresses his deep belief that for any of us to really accomplish anything of meaning, it must be done through, with and by the power of The Lord, Jesus Christ.

The device is completed with the external ornaments which are a gold archiepiscopal processional cross (having two cross members), which is place in the back of the shield and which extends above and below the shield, and a pontifical hat, called “gallero”, with its ten tassels, in four rows, on either side of the shield, all in green. These are the heraldic insignia of a prelate of the rank
of archbishop by instruction of The Holy See of March 31, 1969.



Personal Data
Date of Birth:                December 26, 1936
Place of Birth:               Brooklyn, New York

Graduate School:                      Catholic University of America
Degrees:                                   Doctor of Canon Law (JCD)
Seminary:                                 Mount St. Alphonsus, Esopus, New York
Degrees:                                               Master of Religious Education
                                                            Master of Divinity
College:                                    St. Mary’s College Seminary, North East, Pennsylvania

Religious Profession                August 2, 1959

Ordination as a Priest  June 21, 1964

Pastoral Assignments, 1965 to 1984
1965 – 1968                              Canon Law Studies, Catholic University of America
style="font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif'; font-size: 10pt">1968 – 1969                              Parish Ministry, Brooklyn, New York
1970 – 1984                              Seminary Ministry:
Professor of Canon Law for 14 years
                                                     Academic Dean for 6 years
                                                     Seminary Rector for 6 years

Appointments within Congregation of the Most
Holy Redeemer (Redemptorists)
-          Elected Delegate to Redemptorists General Chapter (1979)
-          Elected to Extraordinary Provincial Council (1981)
-          Chairman of International Commission to evaluate the Redemptorist School of Moral Theology in Rome, the Academia Alfonsiana, which is a Special Institute of the Lateran University (1979 –
-          Elected Provincial of the Baltimore Province of the Redemptorists which has Vice Province Units in Brazil, Paraguay, Puerto Rico/US Virgin Islands, Southern United States (1984)
-          Member of Redemptorist General Chapter (1985)
-          Member of the Board of Trustees of the Accademia Alfonsiana, Rome (1986)
-          Re-elected Provincial of the Baltimore Province (1987)
-          Re-elected Provincial of the Baltimore Province (1990)
-          Member of Redemptorist General Chapter (1991) 

Appointments outside the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (Redemptorists)
-          Auditor for Marriage Tribunal of Archdiocese of New York (1970 – 1984)
-          Faculty member for Permanent Deacon Programme of Archdiocese of New York (1975 – 1984)
-          Consultant for Seminary Visitation for
Board of Regents of the State of New York (1980)
-          Member of Visitation Teams for the National Conference of Catholic Bishops in the United States of America (1981)
-          Member of Ethics Committee of Benedictine Hospital, Kingston, New York (1982 – 1980)
-          Member of Papal Visitation Team for Seminaries in the United States of America (1983) />-          Presenter at Eastern Regional Canon Law Convention (1984)
-          Keynote Speaker at Conference sponsored by Archdiocese of New York, Diocese of Brooklyn and Diocese of Rockville Centre on Theological and Canonical Issues of Contemporary Religious Life (1985)
-          Member of Board of Trustees of Washington Theological Union (1991)
span>-          Parish Ministry, Hampton, Virginia (1993)
-          Defender of the Bond, Marriage Tribunal, Diocese of Richmond (1993)
-          Retreat Master for Diocesan Priests, Religious and Secular Institutes (1980 – 1993)

Contributions to The New Catholic Encyclopaedia, The Liguorian, The Jurist, The Commentary on the Sacrament of Order for the Canon Law Society of America Publication, The Code of Canon Law: A Text and Commentary.

September 7, 1994        Ordained Bishop of Roseau, Commonwealth of Dominica

Assignments as a Bishop
1994 – 1997      Antilles Episcopal Conference Visitator to Regional Seminary of St. John Vianney & the Uganda Martyrs
1995 – 2010      Chairman, Antilles Episcopal Conference on Catechetics
1995 – 2001      Chairman, Antilles Episcopal Conference on Doctrine
1996 – present  Retreat Master for Diocesan Priests and Religious Communities
1998                 Executive Committee Member of Board of Trustees of the Regional Seminary of St. John Vianney & the Uganda Martyrs, Tunapuna
1999                 span>Member of Permanent Board of Bishops, Antilles Episcopal Conference
2001                 Appointed by the Holy Father on March 21st as the 9th Archbishop of Port of Spain
2001                 Installed as the 9th Archbishop of Port of Spain on May 5th at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
2002 – present  Chairman Antilles Episcopal Conference Finance Commission
2002 – present  Liaison Officer of Antilles Episcopal Conference to:
                               Antilles Canon Law Society
                              SIGNIS Caribbean (Up to 2010)
2001-present     Provides a column for the Archdiocesan paper, the Catholic News – a  weekly publication
2002-present     Hosts “Shepherd’s Corner” a weekly television teaching/call in Programme on Trinity Communications Network the Catholic Network of the Archdiocese of Port of Spain

Special Addresses:
Keynote Address at the Dedication of Word and Worship Studio, Washington Theological Union
2010                 Keynote Address to American Bishops at the Good Leaders/Good Shepherds Program, Orlando Florida

May 25, 2011.