16th Conference on Catholic Theology in
the Caribbean Today
RC Pastoral Centre, Edinboro, Kingstown, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, June 17-21, 2013
“Vatican II and the Church in the Caribbean”
The 16th Conference will open with a Mass at the St. Mary’s RC Cathedral of the Assumption on Monday 17th June at 5.00pm. The principal celebrant will be the Bishop of Bridgetown and Kingstown, Most Rev. Jason Gordon. The Official Opening of the conference will take place at the RC Pastoral Center, following the Mass. The Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition and the Minister for Ecclesiastical Affairs have been invited to both events. Also invited are members of the Christian Council as well as all of the clergy, religious and a number of lay-leaders. Msgr. Michael Stewart, Vicar General and Cathedral Administrator will give the ‘Welcoming Remarks’ at the opening ceremony, while Bishop Gordon will deliver the feature address. Msgr. Patrick Anthony, one of the conference convenors, will chair the session.
Voices of Caribbean Women
Women will feature prominently at the 16th Conference on Catholic Theology in the Caribbean Today to be held in the Diocese of Kingstown, St. Vincent & The Grenadines, June 17-21, 2013. Among those confirmed to make presentations are Dr. Anna Perkins, Dr. Sylvia Rose-Ann Walker, Sr. Annette Chow and Sr. Rose Leon . Other presenters include Dr. Gerald Boodoo,Bro. Paschal Jordan OSB, Msgr. Patrick Anthony, Fr. Clyde Harvey, Fr. Michel Francis, Fr. Martin Sirju.While the conference will he held at the Roman Catholic Pastoral Center, Kingstown, some participants will be housed at the Anglican Pastoral Center.
Archbishop Harris on Round Table
Archbishop Joseph Harris CSSp, one of the founding convenors of the Conference on Catholic Theology in the Caribbean Today in 1994, will be a member of the Round Table discussion on “The Way Forward for the Church in the Caribbean 50 Years after Vatican II”. This round table session which will take place on Tuesday 18th June at 5.00pm at the RC Pastoral Center, is the form which the Idris Hamid Memorial Lecture will take this year. At each conference there are usually two memorial lectures; one in commemoration of Ms. Cheryl Hererra, the first secretary to the conference, and the other in memory of Dr. Idris Hamid, the great pioneer of Caribbean Theology.
Other participants at the round table will be Bishop Jason Gordon, retired professor of sociology/anthropology at La Guardia College, CUNY, Terence Julien, Sr. Annette Chow and Dr. Miriam Sheridan. The objective of the round table is to assist the conference in formulating creative proposals which may help the Church of the region as it moves forward 50 year after Vatican II. The round table session will be chaired by Dr. Anna Kasafi Perkins.
Who’s Who at the 16th Conference :
Dr. Gerald Boodoo is Associate Professor of theology at Duquesne University’s McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts and Director of the Center for African Studies. HIs topic : “Vatican II and Catholic Theology in the Caribbean.”
Dr. Anna Kasafi Perkins is the Senior Programme Officer in the Quality Assurance Unit, Office of the Board for Undergraduate Studies, UWI, Mona, and Fellow, UWI Ethics Centre Initiative. She is the former Dean of Studies of St Michael’s Theological College. Her topic :“The Shadows of Yesteryear: The Antilles Bishops and History after Vatican II”.
Dr. Sylvia Rose-Ann Walker is Assistant Professor, Language and Literature Specialisation in the Centre for Education Programmes at the University of Trinidad & Tobago (UTT). Her topic : “Out of the Depths — A Literary exploration of Post-Vatican II Images of God and the Church”.
Sr. Annette Chow SJC has been a parish administrator for decades in Trinidad & Tobago, her passion, along with the Movement for a Better World, after 15 years of teaching. She holds a BA Languages (Lond), BA Theology (UWI), DipEd (UWI) and MEd (Wales). Her topic : “Creation Spirituality : What’s in it for the Caribbean.”
Sr. Rose Leon SJC has served many years as an educator at various primary schools in her homeland, St.Lucia. Over the years, she has conducted several retreats for children, youth and adults. She is a recipient of two undergraduate degrees in Literature and Education and is about to complete a Masters Degree in Educational Sciences and a Masters Degree in Literature at the Université des Antilles et de la Guyane in Martinique. She has recently conducted research in St. Lucia on the impact of oral literature within the school system and its transforming role in society. Her topic : “The Role of Oral Literature in Moral Development”.