Compassion Magazine


Editor’s Corner: Jamaica's not a beach


Most North Americans and Europeans think of Jamaica, West Indies, as a warm beach for escaping the winter's cold. Of course, it is more than that. This issue of Compassion looks at what the Jamaica tourists usually don't see. Through the eyes of Bishop Paul Boyle, C.P., Bishop of Mandeville, and others, you may get a better view of this beautiful island of more than two and a half million people.

Jamaica is a young country, as indicated by the picture at right and by stories of a lively group of Spanish Town young people. It is also poor and needs a helping hand.

Certainly, the Catholic Church in Jamaica -- its members account for only five per cent of the population -- does its best to help meet the country’s needs. Passionist priests and brothers have been part of that effort since 1955. In 1985 they were joined by the Passionist Sisters. Now, increasing numbers laymen and women join them in their ministry.

Here are some of their stories.

Victor Hoagland, C.P.

Fr Hoagland blogs at Victor's Place