History

Brief History of the Cardinal Kelvin Felix Archdiocesan Pastoral Centre

  • The 1970s to 1980s:  The concept of the Pastoral Centre began with “Know Your Faith” sessions upstairs the

Presbytery of the Cathedral of The Immaculate Conception, Castries, Saint Lucia 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. Those

sessions were conducted by the then parish priest with other clergy and laity invited to speak on a variety of topics.

All sessions were open to the public.

 

  • The Early Years 1982 – 1987: A Consultation process among the parishes in 1981 accentuated the need for faith

formation and evangelization. The Pastoral Centre was officially opened on Sunday 22nd

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 Saint 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.

 

  • The First Board of Directors included: Cardinal 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 managerial staff comprised: 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, Castries, Saint Lucia in 1982.

The first two buildings of the new Pastoral Centre at the current location, Marisule, were blessed by Archbishop on

the 1st April, 1985.

 

  • Pastoral Centre offices at the Cathedral Presbytery were officially transferred to the new site in

March 1985.

 

Pastoral Centre programs 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).

 

Most Recent 2007 – 2009: 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. A retreat was held for past and present Pastoral Centre board members on 24 and 27 November, 2007

which 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) governance 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 Programs (d)

Evangelization and (e) Research. Each division is to set its own objectives, plan strategy, and have its products/

services best suited to achieve the objectives of the Pastoral 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, 2008. After his selection as a cardinal in February 2014, the Centre has again been

    renamed: Cardinal Kelvin Felix Archdiocesan Pastoral Centre.