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Catholic Church of Mandeville celebrates 25th anniversary this Sunday

Published:Saturday | June 24, 2017 | 12:00 AMTamara Bailey

Celebrating 25 years of existence as a vicariate and diocese, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Mandeville is set to mark this blessed occasion at the Kendal Camp and Conference Centre in the parish, this Sunday (June 24).

Having been established in 1991 by the first Apostolic vicar, Bishop Paul Bogle, the Apostolic Vicariate of Mandeville was, in 1997, elevated to the status of diocese.

According to a report by the Apostolic administrator, the Reverend Charles Dufour, the Diocese of Mandeville has much to be proud of, having dedicated all its energies and resources to the spiritual and physical development of the people of Manchester, Clarendon, and St Elizabeth, with particular emphasis on education, health, and the upliftment of the poor and most vulnerable.

"At our 25 churches and missions, our priests have dedicated themselves to serving the spiritual needs of our people, providing pastoral care, and building up their communities. With a strong emphasis on promoting and providing education at every level, the diocese maintains 10 basic schools, five preparatory schools, two high schools, a vocational training school, and a Catholic college."

He added that under their banner, there are five health clinics that provide essential medical care at a minimal cost to the poor in the areas where they serve.


Productive and self-sufficient


Dufour further mentioned their responsibility for the St John Bosco Boys' Home in Hatfield, a safe residence "where abandoned, neglected boys are housed, educated, cared for, and equipped with the necessary skills to become productive and self-sufficient adults".

"At Mary Help of Christians Seniors Home, the Missionary Sisters of Charity take in the most destitute elderly, providing them with round-the -clock care, and The Bishop Boyle Outreach and Resource Centre is the centre through which we perform many charitable works such as housing for the destitute and homeless; grants for start-up micro-businesses such as backyard livestock rearing, gardening, and snack shops; and we distribute donated food, clothing, and other items, as well as provide counselling and support for persons in need.

"Had it not been for those, who, along with members of the diocese, continue to champion the cause of inspiring hope and building a nation, the work quite possibly could not have been done.

"I give thanks to God for the numerous generous donors from Jamaica and overseas who provide the funds that allow us to carry out the work that we do. It is truly a blessing that they have continued to give us their support throughout the years."

The day of celebration takes place between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. The Solemn Celebration of the Eucharist begins at 3 p.m.