Bishop-elect asks for prayer, patience in new role

Fr Kendrick Forbes

Bishop-elect of the Diocese of Roseau, Fr Kendrick Forbes has asked for prayers and patience as he takes up his new role as chief shepherd of the Catholic Church in Dominica. He spoke at a special Mass on Tuesday evening at the Cathedral Chapel to welcome him and the Apostolic Nuncio to Dominica and the Antilles Episcopal Conference, Archbishop Santiago De Wit Guzman, to the island.

It was his first public address to Catholics in Dominica since his election as Bishop was made public by the Vatican on May 2. Fr Forbes said the faithful in Dominica can expect him to be one who serves.

“You can expect that I will pour out my heart in service to you,” he stated. “You can expect that I will make mistakes, I will get some things wrong but you can expect that I will always strive to be a humble servant seeking by God’s grace to love you with the heart of the Good Shepherd.”

He asked for prayers from the Catholic community on the island.

“And I ask you, in fact I beg you, be patient with me, pray with and for me, pray that as I come to know you and as you come to know me, we will all strive to love and know the Lord and His will,” he remarked.

Fr Forbes shared what he said is a conviction “that lies at the depth of my soul.”

“A conviction that in many ways governed my life as a priest,” he said. “It is a conviction that is not unique to me, some of the great minds of our tradition, some of the better spiritual minds of our faith have given voice to it. And that conviction that guides my ministry and priesthood is that our Catholic faith, our Christian faith, at the heart of it lies
not an idea, not so much a system of thought, not so much a plan of action, but at the heart of our faith is a person, a person to follow, a person to imitate, a person to conform our life to. A person who Paul said is our life, that man [named] Jesus. And so all I seek to do in your midst is to proclaim him, crucified, risen from the dead, our salvation, hope, and life.”

He said that it was a joy to be in Dominica and he was still processing “a wide range of emotions” since he was  nominated to be Bishop.

“I am humbled and I am honored by this appointment,” he remarked, adding that he was thankful to Archbishop Gabriel Malzaire and Monsignor William Jno Lewis for their hospitality since the announcement of his election was made public.

He spoke about a man he met on the aircraft on the way to Dominica who welcomed him both while on board and upon his arrival at the airport.

“My friends, he is very much representative of the warm welcome that I have received,” he said.

“And for that, I am truly grateful. You know I come to you as a stranger but I hope that over time and by God’s grace I will become a friend and a brother. But if you are wondering who I am, let me say first and foremost, I am a simple servant of the Lord, striving for holiness, sometimes failing, sometimes succeeding but by God’s grace, always striving.”

He pointed out that he is the product of a very small community on an island in The Bahamas called Long Island.

“I am also the product of an extended family environment, anchored by the strong Catholic faith of my grandmother,” Fr Forbes said.

“And so I credit everything in my life as a priest to her prayers, her love and her support,”

Fr Forbes will be ordained a Bishop in Roseau on July 25.

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  1. Lady
    May 17, 2024

    ask God for d courage to speak d truth n to stand on his world n to not twist it to suite curropt agendas being pushed on d masses. maybe time for patience has already passed, n now it’s time for urgency. to give d word of d most high as it is written, quickly n raw n undiluted bcz d time of d end is literally on d door step.

  2. Joseph charles
    May 16, 2024

    Do not become a political puppet!

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