Monday, January 16, 2023



My friend, Carmelite Sister Zita Knights, has died. Her funeral Mass will take place today, Monday January 16th, at 10:00 a.m. at the Abbey Church on Mount St. Benedict, in the country of Trinidad. Burial will take place on Mount St. Benedict.

Sister Zita ran the Bread of Life Orphanage that  merged with St. Benedict's Home for Children when she was forced to retire because of age and health issues. She spent years working with orphaned and abandoned children in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. I helped her with some of her needs, especially with lunch money for her school kids, food supplies for the orphanage, toys at Christmas and general school supplies. I visited with her three or four times. She gave her whole life in service to the many very poor children she mentored.   
The first time I met her, we took this picture with the boys of her orphanage. The girls were tied up with something else at that time.
Here she is with some of the Christmas toys we sent down to her children. She had them dressed in their finest for this photo. 
Here she is greeting me as she was arriving with the kids for Mass at St. Benedict Church in Georgetown where they attended Sunday Masses. 
Here she is, standing next to Bishop County, on that Fall day in 2018 when we presented her with a new van for her orphanage. Along with her were  some of the kids and orphanage staff. 
We celebrated the arrival and presentation of her new van with a Kentucky Fried Chicken lunch on the porch of the Diocesan Pastoral Centre. 
Here she is with Bishop Gerard County waiting for the plane that would take her into retirement at her Carmelite Motherhouse in Trinidad. She was very sad that day to go off and leave her kids and her home in SVG.  As sad as she was that day, I hope she knew in her heart of hearts all the good she had done while serving in SVG. 

Watch the Caribbean Carmelite Funeral of Sister Zita here. 



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