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Ethics Code – a big step forward - Sep 14
2014 - News
Saturday, 13 September 2014 22:09
Archbishop Joseph Harris with representatives of political parties and civil society after the signing of the Code. Photos Raymond Syms
Archbishop Joseph Harris with representatives of political parties and civil society after the signing of the Code. Photos Raymond Syms

By Lara Pickford-Gordon

Archbishop Joseph Harris said if the requirements of the Code of Ethical Political Conduct (CEPC) were fulfilled then Trinidad and Tobago “would have taken a step forward.”
He shared this view at the signing ceremony for the Code on Sept 4 at Archbishop’s House, Port-of-Spain.
In attendance were representatives of the United National Congress (UNC), Peoples’ National Movement (PNM), Congress of the People (COP), Independent Liberal Party (ILP) and Movement for Social Justice (MSJ). Among the civil society members witnessing the occasion were Anglican Bishop Claude Berkley; Deryck Murray, Chair of the TT Transparency Institute; Hazel Brown, Co-ordinator of the Network of NGOs; and Joseph Remy of FITUN.
The event began with a prayer in which Archbishop Harris thanked God for all the people of goodwill who came together to develop the Code and for the actions to follow to be for the good of the nation.
In his opening remarks, the Archbishop confided that someone told him the signing was “a very historic moment” because it was the first time parties were able to come together to produce the code for ethical political conduct for the good of the nation. A signatory to the Code told him it was a miracle that persons of different creeds and political views could sit together and come up with the Code.

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Touching lives - in a unique way - Sep 14
2014 - Features
Saturday, 13 September 2014 22:38
Msgr Joseph reflects on life as priest and doctor.
Msgr Joseph reflects on life as priest and doctor.

Msgr Esau Joseph: priest and doctor

Monsignor Esau Joseph, whois currently at the St Ann’s Parish, will take up duties in the Tobago Vicariate next month alongside Fr Steve Duncan. In March he went on pre-retirement leave from the Mt Hope Women’s Hospital where he has worked for more than 20 years. Msgr Joseph was interviewed by Lara Pickford Gordon at the St Ann’s Parish office on September 2 about his dual roles of priest and doctor.

Many years have passed but he can still vividly recall the words of the late Archbishop Anthony Pantin prior to ordaining him on March 19, 1991. “Remember you are a Father Doctor and not a Doctor Father,” Msgr Joseph said with a hearty chuckle, recounting the advice he was given.

He told Catholic News that after five years training at the Regional Seminary of St John Vianney and Uganda Martyrs, Tunapuna, he was still uncertain he would become a priest.

“They had to get special permission from Rome because it was the first time a doctor was attempting this thing,” he said.

At 19 years, Msgr Joseph, the fourth of seven children of Hanifa and Phillip Joseph, left his Palmyra Village home for the Medical Faculty of the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica. At the time there was no medical faculty in Trinidad.

Last Updated on Saturday, 13 September 2014 22:46
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Workshops on male education and youth trauma - Sep 14
2014 - News
Saturday, 13 September 2014 22:06

By Matisha Oliver, CREDI

The Catholic Religious Education Development Institute (CREDI), in its continuing thrust to support the professional development of our nation’s citizens, hosted two workshops during the July/August period.

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Celebrating ‘La Rose’ - Sep 14
2014 - Caribbean Church News
Saturday, 13 September 2014 21:50

Story and photos by Laura Ann Phillips in St Lucia

The Feast of La Rose, pronounced "Lah Wose” in Creole, is celebrated in St Lucia every August 30 on the Feast of St Rose of Lima. The festival highlights the historical feud between the British and the French, who each governed St Lucia on seven occasions.

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OLPH El Socorro installs icon - Sep 14
2014 - News from the Parishes
Saturday, 13 September 2014 21:58

The community of Our Lady of Perpetual Help RC Church, El Socorro, last Sunday celebrated the Enthronement of the Icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help during the 6:30 a.m. Mass, celebrated by St Theresa’s, Barataria assistant parish priest, Fr Elton Letang CSsR. After delivering the homily, Fr Letang enthroned the Icon at the entrance of the church.

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