Live at Archbishop's House: Appointment of Msgr Harvey as Bishop of St George's Grenada
Posted by The Archdiocese of Port of Spain on Friday, June 23, 2017
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Port of Spain has announced that Fr Clyde Martin Harvey has been appointed the Bishop-elect of the Diocese of St. George’s, Grenada.
The appointment was announced at the Vatican noon today, 6 a.m. local time.
“It is a moment to trust God, trust that somehow your talents meet the job,” Bishop-elect Monsignor (Msgr) Harvey said in his first interview since being notified by Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Nicola Giralsoli on June 19. He wonders if he is “too old for the job”.
Msgr Harvey was aware that he was among the persons being considered to be the next Bishop but it was not until August 2016 he realised “it was a serious consideration”.
His response was to “smile and laugh” but he got on with his life not allowing it to be overshadowed “waiting for this to happen”.
When the news came, he said, “I had to say ‘yes’.”
The announcement of the appointment and Harvey’s reaction was published on social media page of the Archdiocese on Friday, and a question was asked why Harvey was not appointed to the local Church.
The Archdioscese responded: “The process for selecting candidates for the episcopacy normally begins at the diocesan level and works its way through a series of consultations until it reaches Rome. It is a process bound by strict confidentiality and involves a number of important players – the most influential being the apostolic nuncio, the Congregation for Bishops, and the pope. So when a list is compiled of the possible candidates, they are investigated by the Nuncio, who in turn submits the list and findings to the Pope”.
Msgr Harvey may have to return to Trinidad frequently as a witness in the case in which four men are charged with robbing him at the St Martin de Porres RC Church, Belmont last week Monday.
– Richard Charan (Multimedia Editor)