The lifetime work of His Lordship Bishop Vincent Darius would be hard to be wiped out from the minds of those whose life he touched.
Bishop Darius succumbed to his prolonged illness in the early hours of Tuesday at a hospital in New York while undergoing medical treatment for his condition.
Although it was widely known that he was suffering for some time now, news of his death to many especially those who follow the Roman Catholic faith pierced the heart like a dagger.
In the midst of his pain and anguish, many churchgoers kept looking to the God above for a miracle to turn around the health condition of their spiritual leader for the past 14 years.
Bishop Darius, O.P. was appointed as the fourth Bishop of the Diocese of St. George’s-in-Grenada on July 10, 2002 and was ordained on October 2nd 2002 as the first Grenadian-born at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in St. George’s.
The 60-year old Roman Catholic spiritual leader was born in Crochu, St. Andrew’s on September 6th, 1955 and had his infant education at the Crochu R.C. School and then moved onto the Grenada Boy’s Secondary School (GBSS).
Bishop was destined to be a faithful servant of the Lord and after teaching for three years at the Pomme Rose R.C. School, he took the bold and courageous decision to become a priest by entering the Dominican Order in 1978 at Mt. St. Ervans, Grenada, and then moving onto the Novitiate in 1979 at Holy Cross Priory, Arima, Trinidad.
The late Roman Catholic Bishop was someone loved by the entire Grenadian Community, cutting through boundaries as he embraced and respected everyone with whom he came into contact.
Bishop Darius’ mission was to build “Church” in the State of Grenada, not being selfish to other Religious Bodies as can be manifested through his involvement with the Conference of Churches of Grenada (CCG), which he served as Chairman, and the Evangelical Community.
Upon taking up the task of being Chief Shepherd of the local Catholic Church his only request to the flock was to give him their three T’s – Time, Talent and Treasure – as a means of building God’s Kingdom on earth.
Immediately, he earned the respect of the entire lay people and the various groups within the Church, being very adamant to see a rise in the youth movement under the leadership of Sr. Jillian Jerome whom he recently ordained.
Support did not only come from his Dominican Brethren, but also from the Kiltegans, few Diocesan priests and those priests from the African Continent.
Bishop Darius also cherished the work of the Religious Brothers and Sisters by openly commending them for continuing to guide the Catholic Education in the schools.
Recognising the job at hand, Bishop Darius’ main mission as someone known for social justice was to unite the Church, build bridges and ensure that the pastoral care of the people was served not just by bringing the word of God to them, but ensuring that the welfare of the people are satisfied.
Bishop Darius went out of his way to secure priests to serve in the Diocese while endowing a group of men as Deacons with the mission of assisting with the pastoral care of the flock, and always ensured that the Church received gifts of rice and beans, agricultural seeds, building material and school furniture which were not only distributed to Roman Catholics, but the entire Grenadian Community.
It must be remembered that beneficiaries of the gifts brought into Grenada from various foreign institutions included Her Majesty’s Prisons, the Royal Grenada Police Force and all of the religious denominations in Grenada.
One cannot forget that it was through the efforts of Bishop Darius that the administration duties of the Battle Hill Shrine in St. Andrew’s is now done on a full time basis with Sisters of the Handmaid of the Holy Child Jesus.
One of those Religious Sisters even has oversight of the New Life Organisation (NEWLO) at Palmiste in St. John’s, which brings a measure of hope to the young people who did not succeed at regular school.
The last major mission of Bishop Darius, who was showing signs of weakness from his illness, was to launch the 60th anniversary celebration of the Diocese of St. George’s-in-Grenada last December.
While the hearts of thousands of Catholics in the State are filled with sadness over the death of their homegrown Bishop, they need to joyfully celebrate the life of this humble servant from Crochu – an unquestionable and committed son of the soil.
The Management and Staff of THE NEW TODAY newspaper join the rest of Grenada in saying: “Well done Good and Faithful Servant. You have walked the walk and talked the talk.”
Perhaps, he has gone too soon from this life on earth but the Good Lord has another plan for him in another and much better place.
Eternal Rest Grant Onto You; And May Perpetual Light Shine Upon You!
We wish his successor the very best knowing that as the torch is passed on, he has a tough job in continuing with the mission at hand.