More than just a renewal, the Church in the American continents longs for a new creation, to be reborn from its roots, from its own identity, and from there to recover its courage to project itself to the world in the same spirit of Jesus, the incarnate Word.MORE LOCATIONS
The Caribbean communities we serve in Jamaica and the West Indies are marked by poverty and weak family structures.
Currently, Cuba suffers from the drop in the world price of oil. The pastoral care of the Church in Cuba has a strong missionary dimension. Economically, the Church in Cuba depends almost exclusively on help from abroad.
At the present, more than 20 Divine Word Missionaries work in the Caribbean District. Most work in parishes; others in more specialized ministries such as communications and education. Many of the people we minister to are Afro-Caribbean descendants of former slaves. They still suffer from physical poverty and deeper scars within. On Antigua, for example, there is no industry. People live from tourism, working in restaurants and hotels or driving a taxi or selling souvenirs. In St. Kitts, where we have three parishes, there is much insecurity and violence stemming from poverty and joblessness. In Jamaica one of our parishes ministers to people in extreme poverty.