History of the Cardinal Kelvin Felix Pastoral Centre
Late 70s to early 80s
The concept of the Pastoral Centre began with “Know Your Faith” sessions upstairs the
Cathedral Presbytery from 1979-82. These sessions grew out of the need for faith formation
expressed during the First Synod of the Archdiocese of Castries in 1977. Sessions were
conducted by the then parish priest with other clergy and laity invited to speak on a variety of
topics. Sessions were open to the public.
1982 – 1987
A Consultation process among the parishes in 1981 further accentuated the need for faith
formation and evangelization. The Pastoral Centre was officially opened on Sunday 22nd
August, 1982 with the mandate to prepare “within a period of 5-7 years, a group of local lay
people who will be able to :
(a) assume in communion with the hierarchy, responsibility for the Church in St. Lucia;
(b) exercise true Christian leadership in their local communities;
(c) express their faith in their own culture, language, music, drama, dance, art etc.;
(d) experience their communion with biblical faith, church tradition, and the faith of the
Universal Church today”.
The First Board of Directors included : Archbishop Kelvin Felix, Fr. Patrick Anthony, V.G., Fr.
Jean Riffaud FMI, Sr. Carol Brenner, SC, Sr. Elizabeth Riviere SJC, Mr. Nathaniel Husbands,
Mr. Winville King, Mrs. Bertilia Jn Baptiste, and Mrs. Mary Popo. The Staff was Fr. Patrick
Anthony (Director), Sr. Carol Brenner (Executive Secretary), Fr. Jean Riffaud (Lecturer).
The Pastoral Centre’s First School of Liturgy was held at St. Mary’s College, August 16-27th
1982. Themes covered included : Reconciliation, ‘Fashion Me a People’, Eucharist Today,
Eucharistic Symbols in the Old Testament. Lecturers were Fr. Ildefons Schroots OSB (Trinidad),
Sr. Diane Jagdeo OP (Regional Seminary, Trinidad), Fr. Jean Riffaud FMI and Fr. Patrick
The first two buildings of the New Pastoral Centre at the Farm, Marisule, were blessed by
Archbishop Felix on 19th
The Pastoral Centre offices at the Cathedral Presbytery were officially transferred to the new site
March, 1985 in the presence of Mr. Bernhard Steber of ADVENIAT.
on the 1stApril, 1985.
Pastoral Centre programmes included :
(1) annual two weeks of School of Liturgy in August;
(2) a Bible study series
(3) Saturday leadership training sessions for parish leaders
(4) ‘Know Your Faith’ series
(5) One week seminars on ‘New Image of the Parish’ (NIP).
After over two decades of experience as a learning and training centre, it became necessary to
redefine the Centre’s mandate to keep it relevant and responsive to the contemporary needs of
the Church. Coming out of a clergy meeting of May 12th
which made recommendations in the areas of financing, utilization, ownership by parishes and
collaboration, a retreat was held for past and present Pastoral Centre board members on 24 and
27 November, 2007. It took the form of a restructuring exercise facilitated by a management
consultant assigned to conduct a management audit of the Centre. Arising out of these exercises
the consultant’s report received in March 2008 made recommendations in two areas: (a)
govenance arrangements and (b) organizational structure.
The recommendations were accepted and it was agreed that a divisional structure would be
best for the Centre to achieve its vision, mission and objectives. The following divisions were
established : (a) Spirituality (b) Hospitality (c) Pastoral Programmes (d) Evangelization and (e)
Research. Each division is to set its own objectives, plan strategy, have its products/services best
suited to achieve the objectives of the Centre.
On Wednesday January 21, 2009, the Archdiocesan Pastoral Centre was re-named after
Archbishop Kelvin Felix, Second Archbishop of Castries, who had served the people of Saint
Lucia selflessly from October 5, 1981 until his retirement on February 15, 2009.
2007 on the role of the Pastoral Centre,