Priests dwindling in numbers-Bishop Malzaire

first_img Share Bishop of Roseau, His Lordship Garbiel MalzaireThe Catholic Community in Dominica has raised concern over what they say appears to be a shortage of priest to serve the Caribbean churches.Bishop of Roseau His Lordship Gabriel Malzaire made that revelation at the official launching of Vocation Awareness Week at the Fort Young Hotel this week.He said the initiative was introduced by the Antilles Conference to highlight the need for an increase in local vocations.“Even now when you look on the alter in Dominica, you will notice that many of the faces at the altar are local people, even if they belong to the religious congregations, for the most part you will see that the faces on the alters around the Diocese in Roseau are local people. This is so because the congregations are dwindling in numbers,” he told a press conference this week.He said places like Belgium and France are facing similar challenges.“These places provided for us at one time, our clergy. In fact I would say that we would not expect any new clergy coming from Belgium or France because they have been experiencing a dwindling number for some time,” he said.According to Malzaire, despite what has happened over the years in terms of the formation of local Caribbean men to the priesthood, there is not enough to serve the Caribbean church and it is true in Dominica.“We do not have sufficient young men to serve all the parishes and all the ministries to serve in the diocese, hence the importance of the week of activities where we try to help our faithful to realize the tremendous need there is,” he said.He also explained that the shortage has forced the suspension of the seminary in Trinidad.“There is hope of reopening but at the moment students are being trained in the Dominican Republic because of the dwindling number of students that were coming to the seminary. It came to a point where training was not viable in Trinidad, especially from a financial point of view. We came to a number of eight and we decided to suspend the seminary and send students to a bigger seminary where there is a larger number for students,” he said.The Bishop said without a vocation, the church will not continue in the way designed by Jesus.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! Share FaithLifestyleLocalNews Priests dwindling in numbers-Bishop Malzaire by: – January 11, 2012center_img Tweet Share 44 Views   no discussionslast_img

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