Our History

Bishop Anthony Hampden Dickson, the Diocesan Bishop of Bridgetown together with  Fr. Clement Paul O.P. Vicar General, were in constant conversation, regarding the parish of Our Lady of Sorrows St- Peter

After much discussion and discernment, the Dominican Sisters were invited by  Bishop Dickson to work in Barbados 

Sr. Helen Gomes Provincial, assigned Sr. Angilla Corraspe  and Sr. Mary Assumpta Brathwaite to the Mission

The established year was 1994

In the absence of a resident priest, the two  sisters were entrusted with the administration of the parish of Our Lady of Sorrows, St- Peter on the North West of the island

Fr. George Bardowell, a Diocesan priest was responsible for the sacramental needs of the parish 

In the years following the mission’s establishment,  several Dominican Sisters from Trinidad and Tobago were assigned to Barbados. However, this information is not available at this time 

In 2002, Sr. Martin Dominic Allum, already resident on the island, and Chaplain to the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus, took up residence at 131 Pearl Avenue, Rock Dundo Park, St- Michael, the home of Daisy Dickson, the mother of the Diocesan Bishop, Anthony Hampden Dickson

She also resided at Rostrevor Apartments,  St- Lawrence Gap, Christ Church, during her mission on the island

May 12th, 2004, Bishop Malcolm Galt, the Diocesan Bishop, welcomed Sr. Susan Gopaul as principal of St- Patrick’s R. C. Primary School, St- Michael (the only Diocesan school on the island) after  discussions with Sr. Helen Gomes, the Provincial

Sr. Susan joined Sr. Angilla Corraspe at Siena Villa, 5 Peronne Gap, Worthing , Christ Church. 

This house is the property of the R. C. Bishop of Bridgetown and was once occupied by the Madonna House Apostolate

Our ‘mini’ community  struggled to keep faithful to the four pillars of Dominican Life, as our ministries were very  demanding 

Sr. Angilla was heavily involved in Pastoral Work at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, St- Peter, and some time later, in the Parish of Our Lady Queen of The Universe, St- Michael

She also assisted at St- Patrick’s R. C. School, St- Michael, in Dance and Catechetics

Sr. Angilla later became the Diocesan Youth Co-Ordinator

Sr. Susan was steeped into school life, which was very challenging. She worked very hard in a culturally different environment, at an institution which needed transforming and uplifting.

Sr. Angilla left the Barbados Community for Trinidad, on January  26th, 2013

Sr. Marina Serrette arrived at Siena Villa on January 28th, 2013

Sr. Stephanie Clemendor, the counselor responsible for the Barbados Community, visited in April 2013

In December 2013, Sr. Therese Antoine, the Prioress General and her Counsel, Sr. Arlene Greenidge and Sr. Stephanie Clemendor paid an official visit to our community

They also visited Bishop Jason Gordon, the Diocesan Bishop

In March, 2015, Sr. Therese Antoine, the Prioress General of the Congregation made an official visit to our community. She  visited   Bishop  Jason Gordon, the Diocesan Bishop, Fr. Clement Paul, Chaplain of St. Patrick’s School and Parish Priest of the parishes of Sacred Heart, St Philip, and Our Lady of the Rosary, St- John

 

Sr. Therese visited the staff and pupils of St- Patrick’s R. C. School, St- Michael

Our Ministry

MINISTRY OF SR. MARINA SERRETTE

 

Pastoral Ministry at the Sacred Heart Church, St- Philip, and Our Lady of The Rosary, St- John

Member of the Parish Pastoral Council

Co-Ordinator of the First Communion and Confirmation Programs

Preparation of parents and Godparents for the Sacrament of Infant Baptism 

Instruction for the R.C.I.A. Program

Served as Pastoral Agent in the Diocese 

Catechetics  at St- Patrick’s R. C. School, St- Michael

Preparations for Synod 2014

Delegate at Synod 2014

 

MINISTRY OF SR. SUSAN GOPAUL

 

The duties of a Principal at St- Patrick’s R. C. Primary School, St- Michael

Outreach to needy families at school 

Assisted Archbishop  Robert Rivas, the Archbishop of Castries and then Apostolic Administrator for the Diocese of Bridgetown, from 2005 – 2011  

Assisted with the preparation of the Episcopal Ordination of Bishop Jason Gordon in September, 2011 

Member of the Planning Team for the Antilles Episcopal Conference, 55th Annual Plenary Meeting 2011  

Served as Pastoral Agent in the diocese and on the Parish Council at St. Dominic’s Parish, Christ Church

Preparations for Synod 2014

Delegate at Synod 2014

Co-Ordinator of the Team for Consecrated Life 

Outreach to priests (a) co-ordinating a meal for their monthly Clergy meeting, (b) preparing their vestments for Diocesan Celebrations, (c) hosting visiting members of the Clergy, pick-up and drop off at the airport (etc)

Hospitality to visitors to the island, guests of the Diocesan Bishop, priests, bishops, sisters and the laity 

Planning, decorating and co-ordinating the Bishop’s Annual Christmas Dinner

 

Refurbishing and upgrading Siena Villa 

 

Prayer

The Divine Office, Holy Mass, Monthly Retreats, Adoration of The Blessed Sacrament, The Rosary, Lectio Divina, Silent Meditation, Spiritual Reading

Once a month, we join the Ursuline Sisters for Adoration and Evening Prayer

Christian Meditation with Fr. Laurence Freeman

Lectio Divina with Bishop Jason and other members of the Clergy 

 

Diocesan Liturgies e.g. Stewardship Mass, Corpus Christi Mass and Procession, Chrism Mass, Synod Opening and Closing Masses. 

Study

Bible Study with Biblical Scholar, Fr. Walter Vogels 

Fr. Clement Paul and Fr. Vibert Stephen on ‘Eating The Word of God’

Fr. Michael deVerteuil and Bishop Jason Gordon on Word, Eucharist and Service, the three watch words coming out of our Synod 2014

Fr. Michael Barrow on the document ‘Rejoice’ by Pope Francis to mark the year of Consecrated Life

Workshops with Fr. Bill Jarema on ‘Creating  a Parish Think Tank’, exploring possible growth and development in pastoral planning 

 

The Joy of The Gospel is our ongoing study in the community

Community

Relaxing at a restaurant enjoying a delicious meal 

Attending Diocesan recreational activities

A swim at the beach 

Every night watching local and world news together

Enjoying Family Feud and Justice Central and discussing same 

Praying together at daily liturgies and that of feast days and birthdays

Preparing meals, chapel, house, accounts, etc.

Preparing and serving a lunch time meal every Saturday for Diocesan Clergy  

 

Our relationship with our English Dominican Brothers on the island has been in ministry. We found it very challenging to meet and experience the other three pillars of Dominican Life.