Father Naveen D'Souza, SAC
Dear Brother and Sisters,
Over 6 years ago when I started to serve you as the Associate Pastor of this amazing Roman Catholic Commu-nity here in the Cayman Islands, I never knew exactly what God had in store for me and for the community. I was and have been certainly opened to where He was calling us as a community, and I have been willing to serve in whatever way He has asked. With this said, here I am today, being called to serve as the Parish Administrator of our Community. Priests who take on leadership of a Parish for the first time are named as Parish Administrators and then confirmed as Pastor in the near future.
During my time here at St. Ignatius I have been warmly welcomed and developed cordial and lasting relation-ships with Parishioners. Being away from my family in India for this extended period of time, I have embraced you as my own family and I value every friendship and relationship I have developed. I am grateful for the support that has been extended to me over the years, but most importantly, your expression of solidarity over the last two months since the announcement of my appointment was made public by Archbishop Most Rev. Allen Vigneron.
Through the work of our former Pastors, our Parish has grown significantly in many areas and I had the oppor-tunity to be directly involved and experience these Parish activities and events. These have helped our Parish to grow in mission, to share Christ with others. It is my desire that over the next couple of years our Parish will continue to develop, to become mission focused, as we continue to build on the good work we have been doing.
Over the next couple of months, Parish Pastoral Council and Ministries will be consulted on the way forward as we emerge from the effects of the lockdown resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. Our Parish School has been a beacon of hope during this period of pandemic.
I will continue to work with our school leadership, faculty and families to make St. Ignatius Catholic School, a vital ministry of our Parish, a place of encounter with Christ, the greatest teacher!
A very special thanks to Fr. Theo, our former Pastor for his year of ministry in Cayman. Many parishioners have been witness to his warm personality and inspiring homilies. We continue to pray for him as he prepares to leave, and that God will strengthen him to continue to do His work in his new assignment in India.
Finally, I am delighted to introduce you to ‘My Parish App’.
As we learnt during the lockdown, being able to communicate with our Parishioners have been very important. At St. Ignatius Parish we are pursuing new opportunities to foster a stronger parish life and better engage the New Evangelization. As a part of these efforts, St. Ignatius Parish has subscribed to “My Parish App” which is available for Apple and Android phones. It will allow us to send you useful and important messages through-out the week regarding our Parish life and events and allow you to reply to messages or RSVP for events. Please see page 6 inside this bulletin for instructions on how to download the App.
I am inspired by the founder of my religious order, St. Vincent Pallotti, who always said “Love of Christ urges us on.” I look forward to us collaborating and working together as a Parish family all for the love and glory of God. I pray for God’s blessings on all of you. Please keep me in your prayers.
Yours in Christ,
Fr Naveen D’Souza, SAC