Friday, April 8, 2016


Diocese of Kingstown
St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Before the priests and deacons wake up, I get up, fix a cup of coffee and take in his view from the deck of the Pastoral Centre. This might be the best view on the island. It looks out toward the island of Bequia, one of the twenty-three islands that make up this country. 

Another view from the deck, looking right toward one of the schools and some of the better homes of the area.  A few have obviously not been rebuilt from the last hurricane.  A narrow, barely accessible, beach opens up at low tide. 


After all the years of running the World Priest Program at St. Meinrad Seminary for international priests, I find it quite interesting that I am now finding myself as the only international priest from the United States working in  this country of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. I am working along with the other international priests shown below. 

Bishop County himself is a native of Trinidad.

Father Peter (on the left) and Father Boniface (on the right) are from Nigeria.

Father Edmundo (on the left) and Father Rex (on the right) are from the Philippines.

Father Ronald George Bardowell is from Jamaica

Father Alando Williams, right, is the latest native born priest to be ordained (three years ago). Altogether, including the international priests, me and the bishop, there are twelve of us serving this whole country of twenty-three islands. 

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