Fr. Charles Vermeulen, C.Ss.R., a Catholic Priest who worked in Dominica for close to 60 years, will be laid to rest on Thursday.
Before that, on Wednesday, December 14, a Wake Service will be held at Our Lady of Fatima Church in Newtown.
It will begin at 6:30 pm.
On Thursday, December 15, the day he will be laid to rest, viewing of the body will begin at 1:00 pm.
At 2:00 pm, Mass of Christian Burial will take place at the Cathedral Chapel in Roseau.
Burial will follow at the Roseau Catholic Cemetery.
Fr. Charles passed away at the Princess Margaret Hospital on Sunday, December 4.
He arrived in Dominica by boat in 1959 from his native Belgium.
He has worked in many parishes across Dominica and is well known among Catholics on the island.
In 2006, he was awarded the Sisserou Award of Honour, Dominica’s second highest award.
Fr. Charles was a member of the Redemptorist Congregation, a religious order which has a presence in more than 77 countries around the world.
He was born on January 14, 1931 in Ouwegem, Belgium, the sixteenth child of Alphonse and Irma Vermeulen.
Fr. Charles professed his Religious vows on September 15, 1952 in St. Truiden, Belgium.
He was ordained a priest on September 15, 1957 in Louvain, Belgium.
A few highlights from Fr. Charles life :-
1959: Fr. Charles was appointed to the West Indies by Fr. De Ceuninck and arrived in Dominica where he was the assistant priest at the Cathedral
1960-1961: Assistant priest in Basseterre, St. Kitts
1961-1964: Assistant priest in St. John’s Antigua
1964-1965: Acting Dean of the Cathedral and Superior of the Redemptorists
1966-1969: Parish priest of St. Alphonsus Church, Goodwill
1970-1986: Dean of the Cathedral and Vicar General of Diocese
1985-1989: Fr. Charles spent a lot of his time and energy building the Holy Redeemer Retreat House which was officially opened in May 1991
1989: Parish priest of Wesley for three months
1991-1994: Parish Priest of St. Louis, Marie Galante
1994-1995: Parish priest of Soufriere
1995-1999: Parish Priest of St. Ann, Massacre
1999-2002: Director of the Holy Redeemer Retreat House, Eggleston, Dominica
2002-2008: Parish priest of Our Lady of Fatima, Newtown