Thursday, February 16, 2012

God's Calling

The parishes where I minister here in Trinidad are Holy Rosary - in the heart of the city of Port of Spain -and St. Martin de Porres in the hills just behind.

One Sunday, each month, our two parishes come together for Sunday Eucharist. We alternate between the two parishes.  Today, our new archbishop Joseph Harris came to celebrate Eucharist with our parish cluster at Rosary church. It was like coming home for him, he said. As a child he had been a pupil at the Rosary Boys’ School where his father was principal. Bet he never thought that one day he would be archbishop of Port of Spain!

Ministering in Rosary is for me also an experience of coming back to my roots. When I was a child I attended the parish girls’ school, St. Rose’s. It was in Rosary Church that I received Holy Communion for the first time and was confirmed. It is a Dominican church with stained glass windows of several Dominican saints.  I never thought then that one day I would be a Dominican sister ministering in this parish.

A few weeks ago during our Archdiocesan Vocations week I chatted with the Standard 5 class at St. Rose’s –the girls preparing to move on into secondary school. They were full of questions and full of their own dreams for the future. Who knows where God may call them to minister in years to come?

What are your dreams? Where is God calling you to minister?

Christina Araujo OP
Woodbrook, Trinidad

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