Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Death of our dear priest Fr. Henry Charles

I just learnt of the death of our dear priest Fr. Henry Charles who died of a heart attack today. 

Fr. Charles was the parish priest of St. Mary's Church in St. James, Trinidad. 

In addition to being a priest, Fr. Charles was a qualified lawyer, holding a law degree from the George Washington University in the United States (US) and an LLM from the University of London. He attended St Mary’s College, Port-of-Spain and won an island scholarship in languages. He took an honours degree in Classics from University College Dublin, followed by a master’s degree from the Gregorian University, Rome. 

He went on to do further graduate studies in the US, with a master’s in Ethics from Harvard Divinity School and a PhD in Ethics from Yale Graduate School. He later taught ethics, theology and literature at the Regional Seminary in Trinidad, the University of the West Indies and at St Louis University, Missouri. 

“My career has not been planned; I didn't set out to have all these degrees,” Charles said. 


O God, Thou didst raise Thy servant, Fr. Henry Charles  to the sacred priesthood of Jesus Christ, according to the Order of Melchisedech, giving him the sublime power to offer the Eternal Sacrifice, to bring the Body and Blood of Thy Son Jesus Christ down upon the altar, and to absolve the sins of men in Thine own Holy Name. We beseech Thee to reward his faithfulness and to forget his faults, admitting him speedily into Thy Holy Presence, there to enjoy forever the recompense of his labors. This we ask through Jesus Christ Thy Son, our Lord. Amen.


Caribbean Catholic said...

Rest in Peace Father

Anonymous said...

rest in peace fr. charles, u will be miss.... may u rejoice with all the angels and ur love ones..... thanks for all u have done.

Donald Giesing said...

My condolences to you and your parish.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon him.
May he rest in peace.

Helen Gonsalves said...

Thanks everyone for the prayers for father.

Anonymous said...

I am a Trinidadian living in California USA,I've never met Fr Charles, but through my Family in Maryland who had a very close connection with him, I felt a closeness to him when ever I hear how he would visit the family on his trips to the Washington Area. He officiated at my brother's funeral, Through his homilies I got a deeper understanding of the Bible. He will be missed, we will remember him as a saint among us, he fulfilled his time here on earth. "Friends are Friends forever if the lord's the Lord of them", We must thank God for the time he spent with us. Rest in peace Fr Charles.

Helen Gonsalves said...

Thanks for your kind comments. God Bless.

Rev. Richard F. Clancy said...

I am presently the Catholic priest chaplain at MIT in Cambridge (USA). I knew Fr. Charles well when I was a boy as he helped out in my home parish in the 1970's. He gave me a lot of time and encouragement as I dreamed about and began discerning my vocation. RIP dear Father and thank you for everything!

Rev. Richard F. Clancy

Helen Gonsalves said...

Thanks Father for your kind comments.

David Garretson said...

Father Charles was a dear friend of my wife's family in Connecticut, and a wonderful, admired soul. He performed the wedding services for my wedding, my sister-in-law's, and the bastisms for my niece and nephew. He was a blessed man of God, but also a genuine, kind, and humorous gentleman. Our family always enjoyed his visits, and considered him more part of the family than a friend. May God bless him, and keep him at peace in death. He is already missed.