One million Pound Sterling in projects has been pledged by the Sacred Military Constantinian Order for Grenada as the Spice Isle has been added to a list of Caribbean countries to benefit from its charitable support.
A high level team led by His Eminence Renato Raffaelel Cardinal Martino who made a three-day visit to Grenada last week made the announcement during a Thanksgiving Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in St. George’s.
Cardinal Martino who is the Grand Prior of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George and ProtoDeacon of the Holy Roman Church indicated that the benefits of the projects go beyond the Catholic Community to impact the wider society and the people of Grenada.
One of the projects earmarked to benefit from the charitable support being offered to Grenada by the Order is the Sheila Buckmire Memorial Library in St. George’s which has been in ruins for years.
The library building left in bad shape after years of neglect and the passage of Hurricane Ivan in 2004, will be completely restored and rehabilitated.
Funds will also be pumped into the New Life Organization (NEWLO) vocational training project at Palmiste, St. John’s.
Other projects to benefit from the charitable support are the St. Joseph’s Convent Educational Training Project, St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, Dorothy Hopkin Home, Top Hill Home for the Aged in Carriacou, Grand Anse Home for the Aged, and the Grand Anse Girls Centre.
Cardinal Martino announced that funding of the various projects is the beginning of a long-lasting relationship of the Constantinian Order with Grenada.
The visiting Cardinal also made mention of projects that are being funded by his Religious Order in Antigua, Dominica and St. Lucia.
Cardinal Martino recognized the importance of the Caribbean region to the global Christian family which Pope Francis highlighted during discussions held with regional Leaders.
Head of the local Church, Bishop Vincent Darius who preached the homily during the Mass highlighted the attitude of generosity coming from the Church Group.
According to Bishop Darius, the Constantinian Order has been investing heavily in humanity.
He said that as the Religious Group engages Grenada in a relationship, the lesson to be learned is how to invest in people, and to become people-oriented.
The Bishop sees an investment in people as not a loss but it is a gain.
“Let us then, in the imitation of the Order, learn how to reach out to one another, how to invest in one another, how to love people,” Bishop Darius said.
The Roman Catholic Bishop told the congregation if there is no love for the people it is difficult to invest in them and to engage them in a relationship.
The Apostolic Nuncio (Vatican Ambassador) to Grenada, His Excellency Archbishop Nicola Girasoli referred to the Constantinian Order as “a big tree” with branches spread out.
Archbishop Girasoli who underscored the benefits of the project not only to the Catholic Church, but the country said the Roman Catholic Church works in partnership with everybody.
The Constantinian Order, an internationally recognized Roman Catholic Order of Knighthood, has been active in charitable projects in the Caribbean since 1981.