The Sisters of the Congregation of the Holy Faith (CHF) will launch their first book–Presence & Action–on Saturday (November 26) at 11 am in Couva. This year the CHF Sisters will mark the 75th anniversary of their Trinidad Foundation.
In December 1947, this Congregation from Glasnevin, Ireland, set up a foundation in Woodbrook, and this was reported in The Catholic News reported on December 27, 1947.
Presence & Action begins when Sister Monica McSherry, the Superior General, Sr Colmcille Kilgallon, and the first seven Irish Religious Sisters arrived, and with that, their immediate establishment of schools across the island. The initial 1946 letter of invitation to the Congregation came from His Grace Archbishop Finbar Ryan OP.
This book features extracts from their 75-year archive, including private letters, minutes of meetings, and personal photographs. The book is chronologically ordered by decades and geographically maps their work across Trinidad, from Woodbrook to places such as Couva, Siparia, Penal, Sangre Grande, Valencia, Moruga, Pembroke Street, St Ann’s, and Matelot.
Curated and compiled by archivist Dr Kwynn Johnson, this historical record draws from their many documents and is complemented by personal interviews with the sisters in Trinidad. It’s a tapestry of the official with the ordinary, which weaves several stories about the work of these Religious Sisters.
This book places on the national record the work of about 70 women. It adds to the cultural conversation– their contribution to Trinidad's education, from 1947 to the present. Another major theme which emerges in the book is social justice. It not only finds expression in education in both urban and rural Trinidad, but also places such as East Port-of-Spain, and the Remand Yard at the Port-of-Spain prison.
"These extracts from their private archive are delightfully curated and visualised in this limited-edition book. Presence & Action makes for a wonderful Christmas gift," a release stated.
The Trinidad Area Leader Sister Juliet Rajah and the other sisters look forward to your presence at the book launch. His Grace the Archbishop, Robert Rivas OP, will be in attendance, to celebrate the importance of archives at the launch.
You can pre-order by calling: 299-1591, 686-4077 and 780-5820.
Presence & Action
HFC Couva Sr Magdalena, Dr Eric Williams, Sr Colmcille, Archbishop Pantin and Sr Consilio.