Bishop of Roseau publishes new book

The cover of the book

A new book which will serve as a source of deeper reflection for Catholics and to raise funds for the Roseau Cathedral renovation has been penned by the Bishop of Roseau, Gabriel Malzaire.

The book entitled “A Decade of Grace” is really a collection of homilies, messages and teachings delivered by the bishop on issues of the Catholic faith during ten years of ministry in the Diocese of Roseau.

Most of them were delivered at major celebrations presided over by him over the years.

“The collection is meant to serve as a source of deeper reflection for those who have heard them and a teaching tool for those who will be perusing them for the first time,” he said in explaining the purpose of the book.

He said he hopes those who read it will find a source of faith nourishment. ” It is my hope that those who read this piece of literature – clergy, religious and faithful, both here in the diocese beyond – will find in it some food for faith nourishment, points of challenge towards deeper commitment and therefore an impetus for Christian action,” he pointed out.

He said further, “You will find in the text a variety of approaches to common liturgical and national themes and at the same time a theological depth that will hopefully enhance faith.”

The bishop said the book, in its present form, did not begin with such in mind but is the end result of many factors. First of all Bishop Malzaire said he wanted to preserve certain aspects of the faith preached in the homilies. “Secondly, the encouragements of my congregations and audiences over the past ten years,” he noted. “Thirdly and more immediately it seemed a fitting means to celebrate the first decade of my episcopal ministry in the Diocese of Roseau.”

He also said that urgent fundraising needed for the restoration and renovation of the Roseau Cathedral was a motivation for the publication.

The book consists of 12 sections, 43 chapters and 257 pages.

It can be purchased at the Bishop’s Chancery Office in Roseau and all Catholic parish offices on the island for $65.

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  1. Jackie Brown
    October 11, 2012

    In 2008 while in Dominica I attended service and afterward I handed over $500 to the priest toward the renovation of the Cathedral. I wonder if he ever passed it on to the treasure.

    • Justice and Truth
      October 13, 2012

      When you give alms or gifts for such reasons, let no one know about it. This is the word of the Lord. Do not concern yourself if he handed it over to the treasury, God knows what he did with it. The next time you plan to give any amount, first enquire if there is a committee and make a cheque out for that purpose.

  2. Annon
    October 10, 2012

    Never mind de price, what’s with all the ‘pink’ na/??? hmmm … priests boy>

  3. Konspiracy
    October 9, 2012

    Praise…Skerrit is a great leader….

  4. shakespere
    October 9, 2012


    • Justice and Truth
      October 13, 2012

      You have many ills. As God knows, you are not devoid of them. You, too must repent. People never see their ills and those of the world. They always attack the Church. See about yours. Repent and save your soul.

  5. T mama
    October 9, 2012

    Stupps stop this nonsence talk….I am going to purchase a book from my Bishop….

  6. time-tells-all
    October 9, 2012

    DNO admin – u are clearly restricting freedom of speech – I posted a comment (under a different name) and it was not posted.

    You are the media – dont be so closed minded.

    • Justice and Truth
      October 13, 2012

      You are a bold and unloving person. If you write respectfully and cease lambasting The Church in general which consists of its members, your comments will be posted. You are not holy/ perfect. Therefore, see about your sins and that of your household and save your soul. This should be your sole concern. When you stand before God, He will not ask you about anyone but about your sins. By this you will be judged. Therefore, whatever you say and do ensure that it is pleasing to the Lord. Some of you do not give this a thought. Your words, as imbedded in your heart, mind and thoughts is capable of condemning you. If only you would think of this, your words would always be loving and gracious.

  7. Frank Talker
    October 9, 2012

    Is there really a “Bishop of Roseau?” I am not asking this in any sinister overtone; it is a question I have been meaning to ask for some time now. Roseau is a City; the capital of Dominica. It is not a church jurisdiction. The church may happen to have a Diocese named after the City of Roseau, but it is not accurate to refer to a “Bishop of Roseau” because Roseau is not an ecclesiastical construct. Probably “Bishop of the Doicese of Roseau” may be a better rendition. I don’t intend for this comment to invoke the wrath of the faithful or to become a matter of denominational debate. I am not criticising the church or commenting on the popularity of the phrase; I am simply inquiring into the appropriateness of the term.

    • Anonymous
      October 10, 2012

      The correct term IS the “Bishop of the Diocese of Roseau”. Bishop of Roseau, I believe, is just an easier, shorter way to say that. Like we say America when referring to The United States of America. (maybe not so much of a parallel example but hopefully the point is received)

      • Justice and Truth
        October 13, 2012

        In bygone years no one questioned it or even considered questioning it for the majority of them were all Catholics and practicing ones at that.
        I hope Frank Talker comprehend what you stated. These days, people question everything. They have turned radical even against God and the Church. They let nothing pass due to their mentality and Satan’s influence on them. This is caused by godlessness, those who renounced their Catholic faith and turned its enemies and also according to their lifestyle.
        God’s spiritual enlightenment opens our mind to their whims, wiles and hatred.

  8. A decade of Silence
    October 9, 2012

    yup, mhmmm , aha, yeah, yes yes yes….


  9. Marcus Hill
    October 9, 2012

    Great Initiative to raise funds.

    But it would be good to be transparent with the pricing and let people know that when they buy one book for EC$65 (US$24) they are paying X amount for the book and y amount goes as a contribution.

    Quite frankly, I would have preferred to have these two unbundled so that I buy the book if I want to but not forced at th same time to contribute to the Catholic Church fund if I do’t want to.

    Because US$65 cah be the price of the book. I did a quick serach of books written by
    Pope Benedit XVI available on Amazon and they are in the US$10 – US$15 range for hardcover editions. See link below.

    egs: “The Virtues” US$10.17
    “Doctors of the church” US$12.37
    “Holy Women” US$10.17

    I hope that my comment is taken in the spririt in which it is made!!

    • me
      October 9, 2012

      you also missed out on a few

      Pope Benedict XVI on the Mother of God by Pope Benedict XVI $21.95
      Pope Benedict XVI: A Biography of Joseph Ratzinger $ 29.95

      • Marcus Hill
        October 10, 2012

        They are in the link I provided. See page 2 and 3 for “Mother of God” and “A Biagrophy..” respectively.

        But note that the Biography was written by John L. Allen.

    • Justice and Truth
      October 13, 2012

      I took your comment in the ungodly spirit. Your comment was not in a godly spirit. You are counting the cost and not the worth of the book. Some books cost much more in the US or in Canada. Consider the time and cost it took to write, correct, compile, to print and to be placed on the market for purchase. You expect that it will cost $10.00?
      No one is forcing anyone to purchase the book or to give to the Cathedral. Those who do give lovingly and with the godly purpose in mind.
      St. Paul said, “…For God loves a cheerful giver.” Study your Holy Bible and ask God to inspire you.
      Too many go to Church and this is the be all and end all of their godliness. There is more to it than that which includes the generous spirit of giving to their Church.
      Do not count the cost. God knows your heart. He knows how much you are able to give. Either give or do not give but do not be cheap and critical about it for you will not receive the blessing and grace of God. Some Catholics are in dire need of God’s enlightenment.
      Our Lord said, “Ask and you shall receive.” Therefore, when you pray, ask God for it and for his other graces.
      I do believe that the priests should preach more on those graces for it appears that some Catholics have forgotten what they were taught and from childhood. Their memory could be poor. They should also ask Our Lord to give them a good memory.

  10. Anonymous
    October 9, 2012

    good initiative

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