Funeral arrangements to mourn the loss, and celebrate the life and service of the Roman Catholic Church Spiritual Leader of the Diocese of St. George’s-in-Grenada, His Lordship Bishop Vincent Darius have been finalised in collaboration with the late Bishop’s relatives.
Well wishers are asked to take advantage of the various public viewings of the body of the late Bishop which concludes on Tuesday at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, one day before the Funeral Mass which begins at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 25th.
In accordance with Bishop Darius’ expressed wish, there will be no tributes at the funeral service.
Bishop Darius died on April 26 at the Bellevue Medical Centre in New York while undergoing medical treatment following a prolonged period of illness.
He died at the age of 60 years.
Chairman of the Communications Sub-Committee of the Diocesan Task Force, Fr. Sean Doggett outlined to members of the media during a press conference at Norton Hall on Church Street St. George’s last week Thursday the format the Requiem Mass for the repose of the soul of Bishop Darius will take.
Fr. Sean said the reception of the body takes place at the doorway of the Cathedral with the Diocesan Administrator, Fr. Clifton Harris giving the welcome and acknowledging the dignitaries who are present.
The body will then be received by Bishop Emeritus Sydney Charles, or Bishop Gabriel Malzaire from the Diocese of Roseau (Dominica) before being brought up to the sanctuary.
The Apostolic Nuncio of the Antilles Episcopal Conference, Archbishop Nicola Girasoli will be the Celebrant, while His Grace, Archbishop Robert Rivas of the Archdiocese of Castries, St. Lucia will deliver the homily.
The choir is expected to be one hundred strong comprising people from each of the 20 Church Parishes.
Provisions have been made for overflow of sympathisers attending the funeral.
The nearby Norton Hall will be outfitted with electronic equipment allowing persons who cannot be accommodated at the Cathedral to view the proceedings.
Additionally, from the comfort of the home or at the workplaces people can follow the funeral live on EWTN, and all of the local television channels including the Government Information Services, and on Internet.
Following the Requiem Mass, Bishop Darius’ body will be entombed at the Crypt of the Cathedral, close to the tomb of Bishop Justin Fields , the first Bishop of the Diocese who served from 1957 to 1969.
The Roman Catholic Cleric insisted that a funeral is not just a ritual, and certainly not a concert adding that it is a very, very special occasion.
He said the prayers that are said, and the hymns sung are a profession of the Catholic Faith and hope in eternal life.
Bishop Darius served as a priest for 28 years, and was installed as Bishop in 2002. He was the fourth Bishop of the Diocese of St. George’s-in-Grenada.
On July 10th 2002, Bishop Darius, O.P. was appointed as the fourth Bishop of the Diocese of St. George’s-in-Grenada, and ordained on October 2nd 2002 as the first Grenadian-born at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in St. George’s.