Dean of the Roseau Cathedral Father Charles Martin has reiterated the call for more men to get involved more in the religious aspect of life.
Martin was speaking at the official opening of this year’s Cathedral Parish Lenten Retreat which got off to an impressive start on Monday night, with some 700 Catholic women but only 50 men in attendance.
According to Dean of the Cathedral Father Charles Martin, “although the retreat is for the entire Cathedral Parish, consisting of Roseau, Bath Estate, Elmshall, Silver Lake, Louisville, Shawford, Copt Hall, Wotton Waven, Morne Prosper, Trafalgar, Shawford, Byac and Laudat, there are no longer sufficient adults from the parish coming to church, to justify having separate retreats for men and women.”
He said while Monday’s opening night of the retreat was well attended by women, there were only a handful of men in attendance.
Meantime the theme of this year’s Lenten Retreat is “ Disciples on Mission, Gifted and Called.”
Each night, retreat master and Liturgist, Fr Michael Francis, of the Archdiocese of St. Lucia, will address a different topic of the theme. Monday night’s topic was, “Come Follow Me.”
Tonight’s night’s topic is “The harvest is Rich, but the Laborers are few”, while on Wednesday the topic is, “Different Gifts to each of us, all from the same Spirit.”
According to the President of the Cathedral Branch of the Dominica Association of Catholic Men (DACAMEN) Norris Prevost, “Catholic men of the cathedral Parish should not sit back and let the women outnumber us at this week’s retreat.
He says women coming to the retreat, should bring along their men.
“Be it their husband, their boyfriend, their brother, their uncle, their nephew, their cousin or just their friend. Our Lenten Retreat is in preparation for Easter. It is an opportunity for Catholic men to renew their Christian commitments by again taking up their leadership roles in their families, their Church, and their Communities,” Prevost said.
He also noted that last year’s men’s retreat at Point Michel was very well attended.
“The church offered Special prayers for all categories of men , doctors, lawyers, farmers, businessmen, musicians Calypsonians, media workers, politicians, tradesmen, builders contractors, trade Union leaders and members, the unemployed, and all those who may have felt a bit left out in the past. In so doing we hope that these men will recognize and take up their leadership roles, in Church, in family and in Communities,” he added.
– Dominica News Correspondent