Events of the First Century
Joseph's Convent was founded in the city of Port of Spain.
Mother Scholastica replaced Mother Marie de la Croix.
Epidemic of Yellow Fever: M. l'Abbe Amiee, the Convent
Reception of Novices and Religious Profession took place at the Convent.
McDonnell sent a Precious ring to Our Venerable Mother Foundress.
of Dr. McDonnell, Bishop of Olympus.
inner Chapel of the Convent was completed; the architect of the
building, as well as the outer Chapel being Mr. Gabriel de la Sauvagere,
Sister Vincent Ferrier's grand-father.
Novices received the religious habit from Dr. Smith. The nuns were
first placed in St. Lucia.
in Roseau, Dominica.
Great Fire in Port of Spain caused consternation at the Convent.
of our Venerable Mother Foundress, the 15th July, at the Motherhouse of
the Congregation, Paris.
Most Rev. Dr. Smith installed as Archbishop of Port of Spain.
of His Excellency, The Most Rev. Dr. Smith.
Rev. Mother Scholastica is succeeded by Rev. Mother Seraphine.
of Yellow Fever broke out.
Day pupils received for the first time at the Convent.
Arrival of His Excellency Dr. Spaecapietra from St. Thomas.
in Castries, St. Lucia.
Teresa Patterson was sent to our Convent in St. Vincent.
Mother Louise Wright, a Trinidadian succeeded Rev. Mother Seraphine.
Departure of His Excellency, the Most Rev. Dr. Spaccapietra
Departure from St. Vincent.
Etheridge of Demerara became Provisional Administrator of the
New elementary school opened by the Nuns, on the site of St. George's
JUBILEE OF THE CONVENT.
Arrival of Archbishop English.
of His Excellency, Archbishop English.
Gonzague was named superior.
The Fathers of the Holy Ghost arrived in Trinidad.
in Soufriere, St. Lucia.
of His Excellency, Dr. Gonin, and the Dominican Fathers.
Teresa Patterson was sent to our house in the island of St. Thomas.
Transfer of the Elementary School to Providence.
of St. Mary's College (Holy Ghost Fathers).
Dominican Nuns arrived in Trinidad.
Very Rev. Mother General Rosalie died.
dreadful epidemic of yellow fever carried away two Dominican Fathers,
two Brothers from St. Mary's College, one of our Sisters, and nine
Convent opened at Diego Martin
Foundation in St. Joseph, Trinidad.
of the ground for Providence School.
Opening of the Convent at St. Joseph.
Year of Little Flower's birth, St. Therese is the Patroness of the
St. Joseph's Convent Schools.
O'Carroll, O.P, consecrated Bishop, Coadjutor to Archbishop Gonin.
of St. George's, Grenada.
Rev. Mother Gonzague died at Barbados.
epidemic of yellow fever broke out: Dominican Fathers and our
Sisters were attacked by it.
Convent at San Fernando opened.
Catechism first taught in English at the Convent.
Very Rev. Mother Marie de Jesus, Fourth Superior General, died.
at Arima founded.
JUBILEE of the Convent.
new Schools opened: Newtown and the Sacred Heart School.
of Archbishop Gonin.
Archbishop Flood succeeds him.
Buildings at External side completed.
A Convent opened at San Raphael.
inmates of the Convent greatly alarmed by the outbreak of two fires in
Foundation in Vieux Fort, St. Lucia
outbreak of yellow fever, which caused the death of the Superioress of
the Convent and three other nuns in the Port of Spain House.
Training School opened.
Jubilee of St. Joseph's Convent.
of British Rule in Trinidad.
at Gros Islet, St. Lucia.
of the New Century, by Celebration of Midnight Mass at the Convent.
eruption o f Mt. Pelee in Martinique: thirty-three of our Sisters
perished in the disaster.
of Our Holy Father Pope Leo XIII. Accession of Pope Pius X.
earthquake at St. Lucia: The Convent Chapel very seriously
Hall completed.. It received its name from the fact of the
Congregation being one hundred years in existence.
Our Venerable Archbishop Flood died.
Very Rev. Superior General Mother Basil, died.
Yellow fever again made its appearance: one sister died from it.
of our Sisters died from yellow fever.
Grace the Most Rev. Dr. Dowling entered Port of Spain as its Archbishop.
Very Reverend Mother St. Othilde came to the Convent as Visitator.
Jubilee of the Convent.
Benedictines arrived in Trinidad.
Golden Jubilee of St. Mary's College.
of the Great War.
celebrated "Easter Week" in Ireland causes anxiety to Irish
People in Trinidad, a number of these being inmates of the Convent.
of the Mother General, Very Rev. Mother St. Lutegarde.
Golden Jubilee of the Dominican Nuns.
Mother Andrew assumes charge as Principal of the Convent.
changes in the distribution of the convent classroooms; the wall between
the Convent proper and Centenary grounds demolished.
of the Novitiate at Port of Spain, which had been closed some years.
of Superiors at the Convent. Rev. Mother Gertrude replaced Mother
Grace the Archbishop prescribed public prayers to avert the scourge of
divorce from the land of the Trinity.
of Sister Amable.
Erection of New Domestic kitchen.
and blessing of New Wing, on the South side of the Convent.
of the new Convent at San Fernando; blessing by His Grace the
Completion and blessing of Arouca, due to the exertions of the Very
Rev. Jeremiah Maher, P.P.
Convent celebrations of the hundreth anniversary of the nuns in
The Second Century begins
Gabriel Mary Gallagher arrived from Ireland as Provincial
Superior. Centenary Celebrations for the arrival of the Sisters of
St. Joseph of Cluny were held in Port of Spain.
Joseph of Cluny Sisters go to St. Theresa's Intermediate School,
Woodbrook, Port of Spain.
St. Gabriel's R.C Primary School, named after Mother Gabriel,
transfers to new building on Lord St., San Fernando.
Sisters go to re-open Mission in St. Vincent and live in rented house
Sisters go to new Mucurapo R.C Primary School, Port of Spain.
of new Convent, Arouca, as a holiday house.
New Arima Girls' R.C School constructed and blessed. Private
School occupies vacated premises in Convent.
April: Foundation of Convent in Scarborough,
Tobago. Sisters take charge of R.C Primary School, as Principal
and Assistant Teachers.
September: Sisters assume Principalship of St. Mary's R.C.
School, Kingstown, St. Vincent.
open Fatima High School in Curepe, Trinidad.
24th: Disastrous fire consumed St. Joseph's Convent, Port of
Spain. Four Sisters perished in the conflagration.
May 25th: Funeral Service in the Cathedral of the
Immaculate Conception. P.O.S Dignataries followed the funeral
procession and crowds lined the streets to Lapeyrouse Cemetary.
Novitiate transferred to Arouca as a consequence of fire.
29th: Laying of corner-stone of new chapel in Pembroke St.,
Port of Spain, by Archbishop Finbar Ryan.
New Secondary School completed and opened, blessed by Archbishop Finbar
Secondary School opened in Kingstown, St. Vincent.
March 23rd: Blessing of new Chapel in Port of Spain by
March 24th: First ceremony of Final Vows and Religious
Profession of Sisters took place in new Chapel.
March 27th: Mother Gabriel Mary left Trinidad for Mother
House, Paris, where she was elected General Councillor.
March 28th: Rev. Mother Raphael Glynn succeeded her as
January: Transfer of St. Theresa's Intermediate School,
Woodbrook, to Sisters of the Holy Faith, newly arrived in Trinidad.
Girls' Scholarship won by Corinna Achong of St. Joseph's Convent, Port
10th: Day of special rejoicing. Beatification of Anne
Marie Javouhey, Foundress of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny, in St.
Peter's Basilica, Rome. Sisters from the West Indies were present
at the ceremony and were favoured with a special audience by Pope Pius
XII in Castelgondolfo.
Mother Raphael Glynn was awarded a special Coronation Medal for her
services to Education in Trinidad & Tobago.
Florence Kernahan, Principal of the Catholic Women's Training College,
received the Order M.B.E for her work in Education.
September: A new Convent and Secondary School for Girls
was opened in Grenville Grenada.
of St. Joseph of Cluny celebrated the Centenary of their arrival in
Castries, St. Lucia.
Francis Xavier Urich became the first Trinidadian Principal of St.
Joseph's Convent, Port of Spain.
Hurricane "Janet" devastated Grenada. The Sisters
were not injured, nor were their Schools or Convents damaged. Deo
George's in Grenada raised to the rank of a Bishopric.
first Bishop of St. George's - Bishop Justin Fields, was ordained in the
30th: Great Fire of Castries destroyed the Convent and
School in St. Lucia. The Sisters moved up to a Government house on
the Morne outside the city.
Session of Vatican II Council in Rome. Promulgation of the
Documents of Vatican II set in motion important and far-reaching changes
in the Church.
Trinidad & Tobago granted Independence.
Helen de Verteuil received the Order M.B.E. for her work in Music and
Singing in Trinidad & Tobago.
June 9th: Rev. Mother Raphael Glynn handed over the
guidance of the Province to Sr. Francis Xavier Urich, the first
Trinidadian Provincial Superior.
August: Blessing of new Convent and School in Torrecilla,
Arima, by Archbishop Ryan.
August: Mother Raphael Glynn left for the Mother House,
September 30th: Hurricane "Flora" devastated
Tobago. Sisters' Convent damaged but speedily repaired.
Purchase of property opposite the Convent in Abercromby Street for
Maria Regina Grade School.
Regina" Grade School blessed and formally opened.
Amalgamation of SJC Junior School with "Mother Lydia's Boys'
Andrew's Girls' School opened in Grenville, Grenada. Sisters
December: Papal Bull declares that Vatican II Council is
Blessing of new Mucurapo Girls' R.C School constructed through
efforts of Sr. Gabriel Gaston-Johnston.
Boarding School of St. Joseph's Convent, Port of Spain was closed.
Xavier's Private School founded in St. Joseph.
New Convent and Secondary School blessed in Scarborough, Tobago by
Official establishment of 'province of the West Indies' after General
19th: Ordination of first Trinidadian Archbishop of Port of
Spain, Right Reverend Anthony Pantin.
In Mesopotamia, St. Vincent, the Sisters undertook the administration
of Marriaqua Secondary School. They lived in a rented house.
Secondary School blessed by Bishop Fields who died shortly
afterwards. He was succeeded by Bishop Webster, OSB.
Ceremony of Final Profession held for the first time in Sangre Grande
Parish - Sr. Annette Chow.
ceremony of first affiliate members of the Congregation of the Sisters
of St. Joseph of Cluny in the Province.
Independence of Grenada amid protest and unrest under the leader
St. Joseph's Convent, St. Joseph, celebrated the Centenary of their
new convent in Vieux Fort, St. Lucia, was blessed by Bishop Gachet.
Bishop Anthony Dickson was consecrated Bishop of
of Final Profession held for the first time in St. George's Cathedral -
Sr. Gabrielle Mason, Munich, Grenada.
Blessing of new secondary school, Providence, Belmont, Trinidad.
Sr. Francis Xavier Urich receives the national award "Trinity
Gold Medal" for her work in education.
of Final Profession in Church of St. Andrew, Grenville, for the first
time - Sr. Jean Carriman and Sr. Ann Keens Douglas, both of Grenville,
July: First resident Sisters move up to Providence
Convent, Port of Spain.
Ceremony of Final Profession held for the first time in Cathedral of
Roseau, Dominica - Sr. Sylvia Toulon, Anse-de-Mai, Dominica.
New Convent in Mesopotamia, St. Vincent, blessed by Bishop Anthony
Provincialate is transferred from St. Joseph's Convent, Port of Spain,
to Providence Convent, Belmont, when Sr. Francis Xavier Urich,
Provincial, joined the commumity.
January: The National Chaconia Medal is awarded to Sr.
Francis Xavier for her services in Education.
Closing of Gros Islet, St. Lucia.
Reverend Mother Rene VAndame, Superior General of the Congregation and
Sister Enda Hanley, Councillor General, visit the Province.
St. George's, Grenada rejoiced to welcome them to participate in the
festivities for their Centenary in that Island.
July: Blessing of new holiday house and Youth Centre in
Sr. Pius O'Callaghan returned from Ireland to celebrate her Golden
Jubilee of Religious Profession.
Bishop Sydney Charles was ordained Bishop of St. George's, Grenada.
Conferring of Papal Medal BENE MERENTI for outstanding service to the
Church on Sr. Berchmans Wilson, in Grenada Cathedral.
September: Catholic Women's Training College occupies
buildings vacated in Torrecilla.
December: Sr. Ruth Montrichard joins "SERVOL".
of Final Profession held for the first time in the Parish Church of
Portsmouth, Dominica - Sr. Patricia Ann Douglas.
January 24th: Tragic death of Sr. Celine Cesair, by car
accident in Arouca, Trinidad.
May 8th: Tragic death of Sr. Francis Theresa in the
village of Grace, St. Lucia.
December 30th: Arrival of Monsignor Paul Tabet,
Pro-Nuncio designate to the Antilles, to reside at Providence Convent
while finalising arrangements.
of new community of Our Lady of Lourdes, Maraval, Port of Spain, with
seven members with individual apostolates.
Establishment of Diplomatic ties between the Holy See and Trinidad
& Tobago. The Apostolic Nunciaure is set up in Providence
public Mass celebrated in the Convent Chapel, St. Joseph's Convent, Port
First Mass and Blessing of renovated Convent quarters in Centenary
Hall, Port of Spain.
April: Eruption of Soufriere Volcano, St. Vincent. Refugee
camps set up in Schools at Kingstown and Mesopotamia and Sisters
minister to people's needs.
Foundation of Inter-Congregational Project at Delaford, Tobago, with
Sr. Philip Geofroy on the team.
October: St. Vincent and Grenadines obtain Independence.
of St. Joseph's Convent, Grenville and Llwanga College into single co-ed
school with Sr. Genevieve Baptiste as Principal.
Blessing of renovated college building as St. Joseph's Convent, a
residence for the Sisters.
April: Sr. Francis Xavier Urich finishes her term of office as
Provincial and is succeeded by Sr. Regina Leiba. The farewell and
handing over ceremony is held in St. Joseph's Convent, Port of Spain.
Hurricane "Allen" damages St. Joseph's Convent in Castries
and Vieux Fort, St. Lucia.
September: The Apostolic Nunciature moved to St. Clair, Port of
Spain. Srs. Emeria Grace and Anna O'Reilly also move to the
July: St. Joseph of Cluny Sisters withdraw from Delaford
Project after 2-year engagement completed.
Withdrawal from Soufriere, St. Lucia.
Archbishop Kelvin Felix is ordained Archbishop of Castries, St.
August: Gold Medal of Merit of the Order of the Trinity
conferred on Sr. Aloysius Ashby, Principal of the Catholic Women's
Teacher Training College, for her work in Education.
Fernando Community celebrates the centenary of its foundation.
July: CWTC closes in Torrecilla, Arima, after 97 years
of service to Catholic Teachers in training in Trinidad.
September: Sisters take over administration of St.
David's Secondary Co-Ed. School in Grenada with Sr. Paul Sellier as
Principal. They reside in a small bungalow nearby.
October: St. Xavier's new Preparatory School is
blessed by Archbishop Pantin at St. Joseph, Trinidad.
Sr. Annette Chow begins to work full time in New Image of the Parish
(Better World Movement)
by Archbishop Pantin of 'Emmaus Centre', Arima, former CWTC and St.
Joseph's Convent High School. It is a House of Prayer and Retreat
- Sr. Rosa Pantin is directress.
October 19th: Massacre in Grenada of Prime Minister,
Maurice Bishop and some Cabinet Ministers.
October 23rd: Intervention by American and
Caribbean Peace-keeping forces and arrest of offenders
of new Convent in Castries, St. Lucia, by Archbishop Kelvin Felix.
Secondary school occupies vacated convent buildings.
June: Foundation of "NEWLO" (New Life
Organisation) in Grenada for under-privileged youth with Sr. Reina Loe
as Executive Director.
New Constitutions of the Congregation approved by Rome and
distributed to Sisters of the Province.
October: Farewell function for Archbishop Paul Tabet on
his appointment as Papal Nuncio to Nigeria, after seven years in
5th: Pope John Paul II visited Trinidad.
March 19th: Conferring of Papal Medal "BENE MERENTI"
for outstanding service to the Church, on Sr. Francis Xavier Urich on the
occasion of the Golden Jubilee of her Religious Profession.
Welcome function for new Apostolic Pro Nuncio to the Antilles,
Archbishop Manuel Monteiro de Castro, in Providence Convent.
June: Srs. Emeria Grace and Enda Mac Namara go out to Nigeria
to join Nunciature Staff in Lagos, Nigeria.
September: Conferring of Papal Medal "BENE MERENTI"
for outstanding service to the Church in St. Lucia, on Sr. Veronica
Condron, on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of Religious Profession.
Sr. Veronica Condron receives the award MBE.
September: Mrs Thomasine Elie is the first lay principal
appointed at St. Joseph's Convent, St. Joseph.
29th: Celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the coming
of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny to the English-speaking West
August: Establishment of Intercongregation Pastoral
Project for the Moruga Parish. (Clunies: Sr. Ivy Pacheco and
Sr. Barabara Soondar; Holy Faith: Sr Evangelista).
August: Sisters begin Retreat work at Mt. St. Ervan,
September: Sr. Jerome Boland founded the "Cluny
Senior Citizens Centre" in San Fernando.
September: Sr. Genevieve Baptiste appointed Youth Co-ordinator
Rosemary Carvalho appointed Youth Co-ordinator in Trinidad & Tobago.
Withdrawal from St. David's Secondary School, Grenada.
Sr. Myriam Walsh, having retired from government service, appointed
Principal of St. Joseph's College - secondary school managed by the
Archdiocese of Port of Spain.
Theresa Corbie appointed Directress of Catechetical Institute in
Sr. Catherine Monteil receives the papal award "Pro Ecclesia et
Sr. Maria Mc Gill receives the papal award "Pro Ecclesia et
Paul D'Ornellas received the award 'Medal of Merit, Gold' for her work
Sr. Paul D'Ornellas founded the Foundation for Human Development.
Sr. Regina Leiba's term of office ends, Sr. Anne Marie Rodriguez
appointed Provincial. Provincial Assembly.
August: Blessing of new house in Kingstown.
December: Withdrawal from Moruga.
Sr. Mel Kenny receives the papal award "Pro Ecclesia et
Sr. Regina Leiba receives the papal award "Pro Ecclesia et
Sr. Regina Leiba receives the national award "Medal of
Merit" - Gold, for her work in education.
St. Joseph's Convent Secondary School, Grenville, Grenada, celebrates
its 40th anniversary.
New foundation of Portsmouth, Dominica. Founding community - Srs
Regina Leiba, Theodore Winter and Rochelle Elva.
Sr. Claire Joseph receives the papal award "Pro Ecclesia et
St. Joseph's Convent School, Castries, St. Lucia, celebrates its 140th
Sr. Gertrude Tang Kai is assigned to the founding community of the
October: Sr. Annette Chow appointed full time assistant
to the parish priest of the Toco-Matelot Pastoral area.
Withdrawal from NEWLO, Grenada.
December: Withdrawal from St. Louis R.C. School, St.
Sr. Myriam Walsh retired from the Principalship of St. Joseph's
Sr. Reina Loe opens the Centre where Adolescents learn to Love and Serve
(CALLS) in Portsmouth, Dominica.
September: Sr. Mary Patrice Simmons joins the Staff of
the Bible Institute.
September: St. Joseph's Convent Secondary School, St.
Joseph, Trinidad, celebrates its 140th Anniversary.
Sr. Francis Xavier Urich receives the papal award "Pro Ecclesia
Sr. Theodore Winter receives the papal award "Bene Merenti".
Sr. Odette Wharfe becomes a therapist at the Drug Rehabilitation Centre,
Mt. St. Benedict.
October: Sr. Regin Leiba founds the CARE Project for the
Aged in Portsmouth and surroundings.
November: Providence Secondary School celebrates its
Srs. Anna O'Reilly and Emeria Grace receive the papal award "Pro
Ecclesia et Pontifice".
St. Joseph's Convent Secondary School, Kingstown, St. Vincent,
celebrates its 50th Annivarsary.
St. Mary's R.C Primary School, Kingstown, celebrates its 60th
Withdrawal from Mt. St. Ervan Retreat Centre, Grenada.
Sr. Claire Joseph receives the St. Lucia national award "Les
Pitons Gold Medal" for her work in education.
Provincial Assembly at Emmaus Centre.
October: Sr. Bernard Ng Fan assigned as secretary in the
July: Withdrawal from Sacred Heart Montessori School.
31 October: Withdrawal from Vieux Fort, St. Lucia.
Sr. Theresa Egan receives the award "Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice".
Sr. Jerome Boland appointed Principal of Rosa Mystica Pre-School - a
school managed by the Carmelite Sisters.
March: Archbishop Anthony Pantin, Archbishop of Port of
Spain, first native bishop, died suddenly.
St. George's, Grenada, celebrates the 125th Anniversary of the
Arrival of the Sisters, and the foundation of the secondary school.
Opening of Student's Hostel, St Augustine. Sr. Christina Ali is
Sr. Marguerite Shanagher receives the papal award "Pro Ecclesia
31 December: Attack on worshippers at 6.00 a.m Mass at the
Cathedral in Castries, St. Lucia. Sr. Theresa Egan was killed and
Sr. Mel Kenny suffered minor injuries.
Edward Gilbert, Bishop of Roseau, Dominica, appointed Archbishop of Port
Gabrielle Mason receives the Grenada Independence Award for her work in