Category Archives: buildings in progress

DEDICATION of the new chapel at Calibishie, July 2, 2017

by Bernard Lauwyck

reworked Calibishie Dedication SAM_4158 (2)The chapel in Calibishie was dedicated and solemnly blessed on July 2, 2017  by Bishop Gabriel Malzaire .                                     Its patrons are Sts Peter and Paul.

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THE SANCTUARY OF THE NEW CHAPEL AT CALIBISHIE July 2017

This new place of worship replaces the previous building which was severely damaged by Hurricane Dean in 2007.

The sanctuary furniture was donated by the Joseph family from Calibishie through the initiative of Mr. Simeon Joseph. Countless people and several organisations made contributions to the construction of this chapel.

This was a community project which was started by Fr. Celsus Auguiste, built when Fr. Conan Shillingford was parish priest and  blessed during the administration of Deacan Alvin Knight.

I personally spent countless hours at Calibishie , day and nighttime, to move this project forward.

The Main contractor was Ronald Bedneau.

A lot of work was done by local free labour, coud-de-main.  We need to commend the parishioners of Our Lady of La Soie and especially the ones at Calibishie for their untiring efforts and devotion.

 

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Calibishie chapel Sept 2015

Coloured windows include representations of the patron saints Sts Paul and Peter and THE DIVINE MERCY of Christ.

click on  Calibishie chapel link on the right side (churches under construction) to find out more about the design and construction of this chapel.

June 2017 update on the new Portsmouth church

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June 2017  : windows and doors completed

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façade facing West with window depicting the DESCENDING DOVE, the two patron saints and the beautifully carved entrance doors in local mahogany timber ( donated by Jacqueline Douglas).PTH door designed bybeautiful stained glass windows PTH church

 

March 31, 2017: The spire with the cross of the Roseau Cathedral has been removed.

P1220471 As the roof renovation works on the Roseau Cathedral progress, the cross and the timber posts on the bell tower were removed to be replaced with new materials.

I have always wanted to know more about the cross on top of the steeple.  It was unclear from documents who installed it and how tall it is.

What we found was both fascinating and somewhat disappointing and I will tell you more about this cross in an article, which will be posted on   https://bernardlauw.wordpress.com

Below is my photograph of the cross. The detailing is fascinating.

Cathedral crucifix on steeple March 2017

remove Roseau Cathedral spire in progress March 2017

March 28,  2017 : the cross at the top of the Roseau Cathedral is removed

removal of Roseau Cathedral in progress 29 March 2017

March 29, 2017   the removal of timber posts continues

Roseau cathedral steeple removed March 31 2017

March 31, 2017 : the  bell tower without spire

ROSEAU CATHEDRAL : update on the roofing works on March 17, 2017

Cathedral valley in progress March 17 2017

valley works in progress at the Roseau Cathedral,

picture taken by Bernard Lauwyck on March 17, 2017

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MORE ARTICLES ON THE ROSEAU CATHEDRAL on http://www.avirtualdominica.com/project/the-roseau-cathedral/