Thursday, October 1, 2015

SVG - Where I Am Volunteering

The runway into Kingstown, SVG, airport. Not a lot of room for mistakes. 

The Kingstown Port

Downtown Kingstown SVG 

A busy market right off the main drag. 

Locally grown produce for sale.

At a distance, the poverty is almost hidden in the beautiful landscape .

The devastation of hurricanes is, unfortunately, a common happening. The poor get poorer. 
Bishop Jason Gordon's Episcopal Coat of Arms.
Notice the two smaller shields.
He is the only bishop of two dioceses in two different countries:
Bridgetown, BARBADOS and Kingstown, SVG 

St.Mary of the Assumption Cathedral and Complex, Diocese of Kingstown, SVG

Father Andrew Roache
Msgr. George Bardowell
Msgr. Michael Stewart 
Father Alando Williams
Father Richard Paynter (former Anglican priest)
Daphne Paynter, Secretary to Bishop Jason Gordon and wife of Father Richard Paynter (above) 

Fergal Redmond and Martin Folan, wonderfully generous volunteers from Ireland

Kingstown street procession during their 2015 Diocesan Synod .

This is one of several students from Kenya, west Africa, who are attending medical school in SVG. We met at Easter Sunday Mass at St. Therese Church. (below)


St. Mary School children.This school is connected to the Cathedral parish.


Father Rex (top) has help with his three islands, a brother priest from the Philippines, Father Edmundo Caballero (below). Together they serve the islands of Canouan, Mayreau and Union Island. I hope to meet up in my December or February trips down.

Father Rex, I guess this means even more time for fishing?

Kirt Prospere
Seminarian at Saint Meinrad Seminary, Indiana, USA
studying for the Diocese of Bridgetown, Barbados, Bishop Gordon's other diocese.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Sunday Homily - 9-27-15


Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your 
name, and we tried to stop him because he does not belong to our group. 
Mark 9:38

I don't know what kept Jesus from pulling his hair out sometimes. He was sent from God to unleash a world-wide movement to announce the favor and goodwill of God toward all of humanity, but every time he turned around his apostles were acting like a bunch of silly little boys engaged in one-upmanship. Right before this passage, Jesus had caught them arguing about who was the greatest. Jesus knew that his movement would only expand if it kept an outward orientation and if his helpers remained committed to expanding its influence.