Sr. Annette Chow SJC, well-known for her monthly photo-meditations in the Catholic News of Trinidad & Tobago (2005-2012), will deliver the Cheryl Herrera Memorial Lecture during the 16th Conference on Catholic Theology in the Caribbean Today to be held in St. Vincent and the Grenadines from June 17-21, 2013. The Memorial lecture was established by the theology conference in 2005 in commemoration of Ms. Cheryl Herrera past administrator of the Pastoral Center in Trinidad and the first secretary to the conference. Sr. Annette’s lecture, which is open to the public, is entitled “Creation Spirituality: What’s in it for the Caribbean?” and will take place at the RC Pastoral Center, Kingstown, St. Vincent, on Wednesday June 19, 2013 at 5.00pm.
Sr. Annette who holds a BA (Lond), BA Theology (UWI), MEd (Wales), taught for 15 years before venturing into pastoral ministry first in the Toco/Matelot parish and then at St. Theresa’s Church, Rio Claro where she was the parish administrator.
Since her first photo meditation, “The Bridge Builders” appeared in the Catholic News on January 2, 2005, Sr. Annette has published ninety-two (92) monthly photo-meditations between 2005-2012 (cf.www.catholicnews-tt.net) in collaboration with her photographer brother-in-law, Kenny Joseph, Nyssa Chow and Jen Kreyenborg. A glance at some of her photo-meditations such as “Nest building”(May 2005), “Flower power” (October 2005), ‘Mini resurrections” (April 2006) or “Dew” (June 2012) will give a quick introduction to her thoughts. Her last meditation “Goodbye T&T” appeared on Friday July 6, 2012.
Sr. Annette Chow SJC : Pen Portrait
Sr Annette attended Nelson Street Girls’ RC School and in 1953, at age 11, won a Government Exhibition to St Joseph’s Convent, Port of Spain. She became one of the first girls to sit the secondary-level examinations in four years, winning a House Scholarship for her achievement in 1957. She continued to excel at her Higher Certificate studies and for her exemplary academic success and the way in which she epitomised the highest ideals of the school; she was named La Rosière of the graduating class, the top honour awarded by the school.
Annette returned immediately after graduation to teach at her alma mater before joining the novitiate of the Sisters of St Joseph of Cluny in Arouca. While studying at the Regional Seminary, she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Theology at the University of the West Indies. She then completed her Masters in Education at the University of Wales. She spent many years in education, teaching at the St Joseph’s Convents in Port of Spain, San Fernando and Tobago and at Providence Girls’ Catholic School.
While teaching, she became involved with the Better World Movement, dedicated to the improvement of parish life and she delivered a number of retreats to a wide range of groups. This sparked her transition from teaching to parish work and her first full-time assignment was to the Toco/Matelot Parish where she spent nine years in service to this rural community.
Sr Annette is currently the vibrant parish administrator of St Theresa’s Church in Rio Claro and is very much admired and appreciated by the parish community. The parish itself covers a vast area and there is no resident parish priest, yet Sr Annette and her team have made it one of the most dynamic in the country.
Catholic News readers now enjoy the monthly photo-meditation prepared by Sr. Annette and her brother-in-law, Kenny Joseph.
The work of this exemplary Cluny sister ensures a brighter future for the nation as a whole, especially as it fosters selflessness and generosity, values which are seriously under threat in our modern society.
From the Catholic News, Friday, 30 October, 2000.