|FAYMES opens its doors - Apr 15|
|2012 - Caribbean Church News|
|Saturday, 14 April 2012 21:04|
Family And Youth Mentoring and Empowerment Services (FAYMES) is an initiative of the Dominican Sisters, St Joseph the Worker parish and St Benedict’s parish. It a faith-based non-profit organisation dedicated to empowering and mentoring families and youth by providing them with educational and other support services in the areas of parenting, mentoring, education, counseling and the management of transitional life issues.
FAYMES is managed through a board of directors comprising Sr Marie Thérèse Clement, Fr Ignatius Dominic-Savio Cétoute, Fr Stephen Quinlan, Sr Antonia David, Leslie Clarke, Estherlita Cumberbatch and Ewa Girard. The daily operations will be managed by an office manager, while a group of volunteers will work under the supervision of the two trained counsellors, Fr Cétoute and Sr Marie Thérèse.
Vicar General Fr Michel Francis blessed the premises at the February opening which was attended by Minister of Commerce and member of parliament for Gros Islet, Emma Hippolyte, and Minister of Health Alvina Reynolds. Also in attendance were Dominican Sisters, board members and parishioners from the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Gros Islet, and St Benedict’s.
Fr Cétoute chaired the proceedings as master of ceremonies while Fr Quinlan did the welcome and conducted the prayer service. Sr Marie Thérèse gave an overview of FAYMES.
The winner and runner up of the logo competition were also announced: Oliver Cadet, a 15 year old St Benedict’s parishioner, took first place and received an iPad 2. Rochel Mangal, a parishioner from Grande Riviere, was the runner up and received a Blackberry phone.
Members of the public, in particular secondary school students in Castries and Gros Islet, were invited to a week-long Open House to learn more about the services being offered.
– Edited from a Catholic Chronicle report by Estherlita Cumberbatch