Alister Hughes 12th Jecember, 1974
P. 0. Box 65
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CASTRIES lADE ARCHDIUCESE
It was announced in Grenada on December 12th that His Holiness
Pope Paul VI has elevated the Roman Catholic Diocese of Castries,
St. Lucia, to be an Archdiocese, and that the Bishop of Grenada,
the lost Reverend Patrick Webster, has been appointed to be the
first Archbishop of Castries.
Archbishop Webster, who is 49 years old, is a St. Lucian, and he
embraced the monastic life at the early age of 23 when he emigrated
to Martinique and entered the Monastery of "Our Lady of the Mount
of Olives'. He was ordained a priest in 1957, and later had
the distinction of being the first Westindian to hold the post of
Prior of the Monastery.
In 1969, Archbishop .ebster had his first official association with
^ Grenada, when, after being consecrated a Bishop of the Church by
the ;lost l1everend Anthony Pantin, Archbishop of Port of Spain, he
was, shortly after, appointed auxiliary Bishop to assist Bishop
Justin Field in the work of the Diocese of St. George's, Grenada.
Following the death of Bishop Field in 1969, Archbishop Webster
was appointed Resident Dishop of St. George's, Grenada, the post
he now leaves to fulfil his nomination as the first Head of the
newly created Archdiocese of Castries, St. Lucia.
Simultaneous with Archbishop Webster's appointment, the Most
Reverend Charles Gachet, Bishop of Castries, will resign.
Bishop Gachet was the first Priest to be Bishop of Castries when
that Diocese was established in 1956, and he has held that post
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Pope Paul VI has already nominated a replacement ,to fill the
vacancy of Bishop of St. George's, Grenada, created by Archbishop
'ebster's appointment. This replacement is a Trinidadian priest,
the Very 1ieverend Sydney Charles, the first Trinidadian to hold
the post of Parish Priest of the Roman Catholic Cathedral of
Port--of-Spain, and the present Vicar-General of the Archdiocese
It has not been announced when Archbishop Webster will take up
his new responsibilities,but sources close to the Church said that
Archbishop Jebster will probably be installed in the Archdiocese
of Castries early in the New Year. It is understood that the
Archdiocese of Castries will include St. Johns, Antigua, Roseau,
Dominica and probably, St. George's, Grenada.
"GOD KNOWS WE NEED HELP"
There is considerable concern in Grenada over a recent BBC news
item which stated that a new method is to be introduced in the
giving o-f Tritish aid to Grenada and certain other countries.
It is reported that, in this new method, the arrangement will be
that work on approved schemes will have to be completed before
aid is given.
Recently, the Grenada Government was accused of "diverting"
1.2 million (EC) dollars of British aid which had been given for
specified projects, but which, to date, has not been accounted for.
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It is understood that the adoption of the new method of British
aid giving is as a result of Grenada's mis-application of British
aid funds, and, this week, the Leader of the Opposition in the
Grenada House of Representatives, Mr Herbert Blaize was critical
of Prime Minister Gairy's Government, whose operations, he said,
had "damaged our credibility'.
"Unless confidence is restored in the country and its Government",
said Mr Blaize, "there can be no recovery. All to whom we need
to turn for help would be watching us. And, God knows we
ELECTRICITY RATES UP
Grenada Electricity Services announced this week that, effective
on muter readings taken after January 1st 1975, charges for
electricity will be increased by three cents per unit.
According to the Management of the Company, cost increases during
1973 wore absorbed by the Company, and all monies received from
the fuel surcharge introduced in January 1974 were used to pay
for the increased price of diesel.
The release issued by Management claims that the Company is losing
money heavily despite the introduction of stringent economic
measures. There have been sharp increases in the prices of
materials, parts and services, and, at the same time, the
consumption of electricity had reduced considerably so that
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unit costs have risen further. In these circumstances,
4 Management feels that the Company can no longer operate under the
present tariff of charges which has been in effect since
Grenada Electricity Services is jointly owned by Commonwealth
Development Corporation and the Government of Grenada.