The Bushrod Island Deanery of the Catholic Archdiocese of Monrovia has planned to undertake several development projects. The projects include a cemetery and a technical and vocational school.
According to Rev. Father Valentine Vordzorgbe, Dean of the Bushrod Island Deanery, the Catholic Church has great interest in not only contributing to national development, but improving the lives of Catholics especially those in his Deanery. He said their initiative is meant to reduce the stress and hardship Catholics experience in seeking higher education and the burial of dead Catholics whose families and relatives who don’t money to buy burial plot or land.
“We don’t want our young Catholics to continue struggling to travel long distances to get educated” the straight-forward speaking Catholic Cleric told his congregation at a recent Eucharistic Celebration commonly known as the Mass. He stressed that the primary reason for the technical and vocabulary school is to prepare young people and other Catholics for the job market and to also contribute to the growth and development of the Catholic Church in Liberia. “We are very eager to reach the point when we have our Catholics as electricians, plumbers, masons and carpenters; so that we don’t have to give contracts to other people. We also want to give our dead Catholics a befitting burial place” Father Vordzorgbe known as Poor Boy Jo added.
Known for his parable-filled Sunday sermons, the elderly Catholic Priest said they are determined to begin the projects the soonest. Regarding funding, he said they are beginning with a big food and drinks sale after a joint Easter Sunday celebration at the Holy Family Parish in Caldwell. “Because we want to own the projects as Catholics in the Bushrod Island Deanery, we are beginning with ourselves, to raise the money among ourselves and later seek outside support” Poor Boy Jo pointed out. “We have begun the preparation for that big gathering. We are building several tents with tapolins and enough seating capacity to accommodate the thousands of Catholics, visitors and well-wishers who will be in attendance that day. We have also considered the weather condition and are doing everything possible to make the environment friendly and conducive” said Father Valentine also Parish Priest of St. Edward. Other details regarding the site for the cementary and the technical and vocational school will be revealed during the Easter Eucharistic Celebration at the Holy Family Parish.
Hundreds of Catholics especially the men at St. Edward Parish where the men spearhead most activities and other Parishes in the Bushrod Island Deanery are upbeat about the projects and have expressed their commitment to the implementation.
The Bushrod Island Deanery comprises five Parishes: Our Lady of Lourdes Parish (St. Mary’s) Tweh Farm, St. Edward’s, Logan Town, Holy Family, Caldwell, St. Gabriel, Brewerville and St. Paul, Banjul.
The Catholic Church in Liberia has a history of seeking the spiritual and development needs of its parishners and other people.