‘We are who we are because of others’
IT WAS indeed a very humbling experience accepting the charge and responsibility of pastor of this noble institution called St Joseph Catholic Church, which is, this year, celebrating 150 years of Christian witness in Spanish Town. St Joseph has been my home parish since childhood. This is where I was formed and nurtured for Christian ministry.
Like Onesimus in the New Testament letter of Philemon, I was sent back home to journey with, and lead, the people in worship; the very people who contributed to my formation as a youngster.
It has been a long journey towards this year of joyful celebrations; 150 years of Christian witness is indeed a tremendous achievement. Like the Israelites heading to the Promised Land, many didn’t live to see their dream come to fruition. The same can be said of us as a church. Our forefathers laid the foundation and envisioned our present reality. They fought the good fight and we remember and salute them today for their zeal for the Kingdom of God.
We look to our history – the history of God’s people, the Christian church, our congregation, the community of Spanish Town and its environs – being ever cognizant of what we have been charged to accomplish. We also look towards the future, remembering our call and witness as children of God.
May God continue to be our guide and strength as we journey onwards. May we celebrate well this milestone and allow our Catholic faith and zeal to continually propel us forward.
Peace and love always.
REV FR RICHARD BROWN Pastor St Joseph Catholic Church, Spanish Town Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Old Harbour Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church, Central Village