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Today, our archdiocese has been blessed with an
auxiliary bishop. Yesterday Msgr Robert Anthony
Llanos was ordained as the auxiliary bishop of Port-
While being a most significant event for us
Catholics, it was also a history-making occasion
when, for the first time, the ordination was performed
by principal consecrator Archbishop Joseph Harris
of Port-of-Spain and assisted by co-consecrators
Bishop Francis Alleyne of the diocese of Georgetown
and Bishop Jason Gordon of the dioceses of
Bridgetown and Kingstown.
In a most colourful and symbolic ceremony at the
Lady of Fatima Church, Curepe, Msgr Llanos became
only the third auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of
Port-of-Spain. The other two were Bishop William
Fitzgerald and Bishop John Mendes.
For 22 years since being ordained, Bishop Llanos
has worked assiduously in the vineyard, serving in
many different ministries in several parishes, his
latest stint serving as chair of the Family Life Com-
mission and a member of Synod Implementation
Bishop Llanos never wanted to be a priest. As a
matter of fact, his original intention after graduating
from Fatima College and starting a career in banking,
was to get married and have a large family. Not sur-
prising, since he himself was the sixth of eight children
born to Enrique and Cynthia Llanos.
But neither was his decision to eventually become
a priest, having been raised in a genuine Catholic
home. But the call did not come easily until he
encountered the Catholic Charismatic Renewal and
completed a "Life in the Spirit" seminar.
But God calls his people in many different ways,
and in Msgr Llanos case it was during a young peo-
ple s lime in Cumana, Toco. His discernment period
was long, but he finally entered the regional seminary
in September 1984 where he spent, as he describes
it, "seven wonderful years."
His first parochial appointment was Santa Rosa,
Arima. He later worked in Gran Couva/Tabaquite,
Holy Cross in Princes Town and St Peter s in Carenage.
He also served as vice-rector, formator and lecturer
at the Regional Seminary of St John Vianney and the
Ugandan Martyrs, until its closing in 2010, whereupon
he was appointed administrator of the St John Vianney
and the Ugandan Martyrs Retreat and Workshop
Centre, housed in the former seminary building.
His being head of the Family Life Commission was
not by accident, Bishop Llanos has a Master s Degree
in Pastoral Counselling Psychology, specialising in
Family Therapy, at Laurel, Maryland University in
the United States. He has authored two booklets, the
first in 2008 when he completed Advent Prayer and
Reflection and two years later wrote Catholic Family
Become What You Are.
The title Msgr was conferred on Bishop Llanos by
Pope Benedict XVI and was last year named as vicar
general of the archdiocese by Archbishop Harris, a
position in which he was serving until he was named
auxiliary bishop-elect by Pope Francis.
As is the norm in the church, each bishop
has his own Coat of Arms which is tradi-
tional in heraldry. Symbols are placed on a
shield which is often surrounded by dis-
tinctive markings to denote the occupation
of the person, and in this manner personal
recognition is afforded.
His motto as written on his Coat of Arms
"Do whatever He tells you" comes from the
biblical passage on the wedding feast at
Cana. This instruction indicates that Bishop
Llanos life and ministry as a bishop comes
under the protection and guidance of the
Blessed Virgin Mary under whose authority
he seeks to do the will of God in the service
of God s people.
This column wishes Auxiliary Bishop
Robert Llanos God s richest blessings as he
pursue his ministry in God s vineyard.
Vernon Khelawan is the media relations
officer at Catholic Media Services Ltd (Cam-
sel) the official communications arm of the
Archdiocese of Port-of-Spain. It offices are
at 31 Independence Square. Telephone: 623-
Welcome Bishop Robert Llanos
The Coat of Arms of Auxiliary Bishop Robert Llanos
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