Most Rev. George Murry, SJ, bishop of the Diocese of Youngstown, Ohio, ordained Ernesto Rodriguez to the priesthood at St. Columba Cathedral in
on June 25. Father Rodriguez was a seminarian for the Diocese of St. Thomas in the Youngstown Virgin Islands from 2006 to 2008. Father Rodriguez’s first assignment as a priest is at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in . Ashtabula, Ohio
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Michael Vante, a lector at St. Anne Chapel, was valedictorian and Student of the Year at
graduation on June 12. He also won Best Oralist at the Charlotte Amalie High School Virgin Islands Moot Court competition on May 13. He will be attending the University of Miami in August.
The Diocesan Office of Evangelization presented a Pentecost celebration at Light of Christ Retreat Center on St. Croix on June 10–12. The theme was: “Do not conform yourself to this age, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect” (Rom 12:2).
The events began with an all-night prayer vigil on June 10. Winston Garcia from the People of Praise community in Trinidad spoke at a men’s prayer breakfast on June 11. Mr. Garcia also spoke at a men’s prayer breakfast at Light of Christ retreat Center on
About 200 participants from various parishes attended the annual Pentecost Rally at Light of Christ Retreat Center on
St. Croix on Pentecost Sunday, June 12. Mr. Garcia encouraged the participants to allow the Holy Spirit to bring to fulfillment all that God has in store for them. He stressed a personal relationship with the Source and Giver of Life. Pictured left, Deacon Joseph Mark of prayed over Mr. Garcia. St. Ann Church
Father Andrzej Szorc, parochial vicar at
Holy Cross Church on St. Croix, celebrated his 25th anniversary of priesthood at Mass on June 12. He concelebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving with visiting priest Msgr. Floro Arcamo, who celebrated his 46th anniversary of priesthood. Msgr. Arcamo was on St. Croix for his nephew’s confirmation and graduation from . St. Mary School
Sister Marie Stephania, MC, is being transferred to
Haiti after five years in St. Croix. She had served the homeless, elderly, homebound and religious education students at . She is pictured above with Isabel Cerni, a Lay Missionary of Charity, at St. Joseph Church on June 12. Holy Cross Church
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Friday, June 10, 2011
Winston Garcia of the People of Praise Community in Arima was the speaker for the Pentecost Triduum at St. Ann
Church on St Croix on June 7-9 at 7 p.m. Mr. Garcia helped prepare the participants for Pentecost, encouraging them to realize that God has a plan for them. In line with the theme from Romans 12:2, he suggested they return to the basics and use the word of God to help them understand the need for a renewed lifestyle. He used the “penny catechism,” a popular prayer book in the Caribbean, as a resource for what God wants from a 21st century disciple. He used examples from his own struggles to illustrate what God can do to bring about healing and transformation. The talks were broadcasted live on the Caribbean Catholic Network, channel 7.
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Bishop Herbert Bevard and Jerome Esterson, chief finance officer for the diocese, met with several members of the board of directors of Catholic Charities of the Virgin Islands (CCVI) at CCVI’s
office on June 9. Pictured left to right they are Mr. Esterson, board members Henry Richardson and Elton Chongasing, Bishop Bevard, and board members Yvonne Thraen, Dr. Alfred Heath and Shelley Moorhead. The renderings on the wall are of the planned housing for the homeless on St. Thomas St. Croix.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Msgr. Jerome Feudjio and principal Ramona Griego presented awards to the valedictorian Danielle Olive and salutatorian Luis Chevalier of Ss. Peter and
Paul School on during the eighth grade promotion Mass at Ss. Peter and Paul Cathedral on June 8. Danielle is an altar server at St. Anne Chapel, and Luis is a lector and an altar server at the Spanish Mass at the cathedral. St. Thomas