St. Lucy Parish
"A place that will give
meaning to the real name of Lucy.
A place of light in the heart of every St. Lucian,
that of the Catholic community of Micoud."
Fr. Ed Mesias
MF, Pastor of St.Lucy Parish
district, situated on the Southeast (Atlantic Ocean) side of
the island, has a population of 18,071 (as of the 2005/6
census). The community is considered the second poorest in
St. Lucia, with 43.6% of the people living below the poverty
level. The people are predominantly a racial mixture of
Carib Indians and African abductees.
of Micoud, St. Lucia, has had a Catholic presence since
1771. The Parish started one of the first Catholic Schools
(60 students) on the island in 1866. Today its 3 Level
School has 1,610 students. The current St. Lucy Church was
built in 1932 and had been declared the National Shrine of
St. Lucia a few years before the Church was completed.
When Fr. Ed.
Mesias (at left) became the pastor in 2003. Arriving
from Rome, Fr. Ed found the Church in severe disrepair.
Partly from poor initial construction and partly from
delayed maintenance. Since that time he has worked to
improve and repair the Church, school buildings, rectory and
other parish structures. Because of his efforts, the
Diocese, is again recognizing St. Lucy as its National
Shrine and has been holding nationwide meetings and events
at the Church. Yet, much still needs to be done for the
school and rectory.
Relationship" with St. Lucy began in October of 2009. Our
hope is to not just build a Parish to Parish relationship
but also a family to family relationships during the coming
years. We plan on having a group from St. John's visit the
island in late Spring or early Summer of this year.
Lucy Parishioner Veronica Augustin visits with Cathedral
parishioners about St. Lucy during a recent visit.
Update: June 2010
It is with great sadness that
we learned that Fr. Ed Mesias, MF, has been reassigned from
his duties as Pastor of St. Lucy's in Micoud. Fr. Ed, who
visited St. John's Cathedral in October of last year to
kickoff our Sister Parish relationship, was notified shortly
before the Easter Season that he will need to leave St
As of this time, no
replacement has been named. A priest from a neighboring
parish is filling in for Fr. Ed as of now. Currently,
Archbishop of Castries, St. Lucia, Robert Rivas OP is
visiting Australia, the Philippines, and East Africa to
recruit a priest to minister to the people of St. Lucia.
Veronica Augustin (above
left), who also visited Milwaukee in October, tells us that
the have been told a replacement could be named by mid July.
Our prayers go out to Fr. Ed
as he awaits his new assignment and that Archbishop Rivas
has a successful recruiting trip.
The most immediate effect on
our Sister Parish relationship according to Bob Boehm
(Facilitator of Cathedral's Sister Parish Committee) is that
a trip to St. Lucy "by members of the Sister Parish
Committee, which could have been undertaken in late August
or early September, may have to be delayed for several
As we await more news, the
Committee reminds us that our prayers for people St. Lucy's
are always needed.