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Cluny educators told: Be relevant - Jul 27
2014 - News
Saturday, 26 July 2014 21:52

By Lara Pickford-Gordon

Cluny Boards of Management are functioning in a changing environment which may see “the stakeholders exercising final authority rather than the School Board”.
This possibility was raised by Sr Annetta Alexander, Provincial Superior of the Sisters of St Joseph of Cluny and Chair of the Cluny Central Board, as she delivered the opening address at the July 18-20 Cluny Board of Education Conference at Heritage Hall, St Joseph Convent, Port of Spain. The conference theme was Working with our Stakeholders in the 21st Century.

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A challenge to young men: Have you thought about the priesthood? - Jul 27
2014 - Features
Saturday, 26 July 2014 21:35
Rev Matthew Martinez is due to be ordained a Dominican friar on August 2. On the wall behind him are the Dominican shield and motto. Photo Raymond Syms
Rev Matthew Martinez is due to be ordained a Dominican friar on August 2. On the wall behind him are the Dominican shield and motto. Photo Raymond Syms

Thirty-two-year-old Rev Matthew Russell Martinez OP will become the first Trinidadian in ten years to become a Dominican priest when he is ordained by Archbishop Joseph Harris on August 2 at St Finbar’s RC Church, Diego Martin – his home parish. Associate Editor Raymond Syms interviewed Rev Matthew at St Finbar’s Priory.

When he was much younger, Matthew Martinez often went ‘clubbing’ with friends on weekends. Those days are long gone as in a week’s time he will become a Dominican friar.

But don’t drop your drink if you see him – white habit and all – in a noisy bar among young Catholics willing to learn more about the faith in a non-church setting.
Rev Matthew, who was ordained a deacon last year in Ireland, supports the local Spirit and Lime project of Companions of the Transfigured Christ (CTC), which is modelled on the foreign-based Theology on Tap programme, in which young people meet at bars to not only socialise but to listen to a talk on spirituality and faith. Some in the Church have knocked the initiative but not Rev Matthew: “I think that’s a way [to evangelise]. You have an easygoing setting, people come, they take a drink, there is a good talk, there is good basic formation, there is an encounter with each other as young Catholics, and I think at the end of the day it is fantastic.”
He spoke of a tale that the Dominican order was started in a pub. According to www.dominicanscork.ie, “the germ of the idea that led to the Dominican order began in a pub, when the Catalan priest, Dominic, had a conversation with the barman which went on into the early hours of the morning. At the end of this marathon session, the barman was persuaded by the priest, and Dominic had the beginning of the idea of what he would like to do with his life, not frequenting pubs, mind you, but engaging in the whole area of exchange of ideas. You could say that this was the conception of the order that was to became known as the Order of Preachers.”

At least that’s what the website stated. And, it was while conversing over beers that a young Matthew decided to give religious life a try.

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Fr Pritchett a gift to all - Jul 27
2014 - News
Saturday, 26 July 2014 21:47
Archbishop Joseph Harris greets Emmanuel Community co-founder Violet D’Ornellas at the Sign of Peace during the July 17 funeral Mass for Fr George Pritchett. Photos Raymond Syms
Archbishop Joseph Harris greets Emmanuel Community co-founder Violet D’Ornellas at the Sign of Peace during the July 17 funeral Mass for Fr George Pritchett. Photos Raymond Syms

By Lara Pickford-Gordon

Illness did not prevent Fr George Pritchett from giving service to God, and he continued this mission until the last day of his life.

This was revealed by John Mackay of the Emmanuel Community as he delivered the eulogy at the July 17 funeral Mass for Fr Pritchett at the Church of the Nativity, Crystal Stream, Diego Martin. Fr Pritchett, co-founder of Emmanuel Community, died Monday July 14 at the age of 76.
Archbishop Joseph Harris was the chief celebrant and was assisted by Bishop Robert Llanos, Fr Reginald Hezekiah and Deacon Derek Walcott. In attendance were several priests, members of Emmanuel Community, members of other Catholic Charismatic communities and parishioners.

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South choir leaders honoured - Jul 27
2014 - News
Saturday, 26 July 2014 21:50

What do soca stars Machel Montano and Kees Dieffenthaller have in common with stage singer Marlon De Bique and UTT’s assistant professor of music Roger Henry?

Besides the fact they’re all originally from South Trinidad, all four have, at some point in their musical careers, been tutored and influenced by choir leaders Cynthia and Anthony Lee Mack.

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World Cup gone; Shepherd’s Cup soon - Jul 27
2014 - News
Saturday, 26 July 2014 21:42

The Catholic Youth Commission (CYC) is staging its first Inter-Vicariate Street Football Frolic on Saturday, August 23. Dubbed the Shepherd’s Cup, it will feature two teams from each of the six vicariates.

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