In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria the Roman Catholic Church has placed emphasis on dealing with challenges the church is and will be faced with according to the Bishop of the Diocese of Roseau, Gabriel Malzaire who spoke with Vibes Radio on Monday 23 October 2017.
Bishop Malzaire said meeting are being held with the church’s project committee to give attention to urgent matters
“For the past week, we’ve been sitting with the engineer and our project management committee and there are things we need to look at immediately. Like some parish priests are in their basements, so we have immediate needs to address. Some lost their roofs, so some of the most immediate concerns are taking care of the parish priests so that he can operate and he can function,” the Bishop stated.
He noted that they face many challenges but they have to be prioritized so that immediate attention can be given to the most critical ones.
Meanwhile he said one challenge the church faces is the availability of building materials which he said will determine the commencement of work, in addition to the wait accompany the insurance claim.
“It’s a project that we have to take gradually and whatever is needed first, we attend to it. We have to attend to the schools, we have to attend to the churches, those who are not too badly affected, and we need to attend to it. So, these are some of what we are faced with and with have to deal with it gradually as we move forward,” Bishop Malzaire said.