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CHARLES KONG SOO
Roman Catholic Priest Fr Reginald De Four says
his calling was chosen for him when his mother
made a promise to the Virgin Mary that if he sur-
vived a life-threatening childhood illness, he would
be consecrated to God s service.
He was speaking at the Solemn High Mass on
the Feast of the Queenship of Mary, at the Sacred
Heart RC Church, Richmond Street, Port-of-Spain,
yesterday. Eighty-year-old De Four was also cele-
brating the 50th anniversary of his ordination.
De Four said, "We were eight children. After the
third child was born, he died after six months.
"Then I came along later, after 18 months, I was
on my deathbed with dysentery and Dr Hayes
attended to me.
"Dr Hayes told my mother if he vomits once
more, he s dead.
"My mother turned to our Lady and said, If you
let him live, I will consecrate him to you.
"And then I lived and I m still here."
He said what was amazing was that he cannot
vomit and has never done so since.
De Four said it was a sign from the Virgin Mary
that it was she who had cured him and she was the
reason for his strong devotion.
He said of great concern to the church was that
there were not many replacements for the priests
who had died during the year---Frs Knolly Knox,
Gerard Farfan, Neil Rodriguez, Phillip Howard and
Arthur Lai Fook.
The service was a traditional Latin Mass (TLM)
which De Four said was still relevant because people
gravitated towards tradition even though many were
not familiar with Latin.
He said people s flocking to the Vatican to see
classic paintings, artwork and for TLM was in keep-
ing with the traditions of the church. TLM was
observed for about 1,000 years and was only changed
De Four said some people were holding on to
TLM, and the number of people attending TLM
Director of Public
Roger Gaspard, is expect-
ed to make a decision on
the alleged assault
charges brought against
former Tourism minister
before the end of the
The charges stem from
an incident which tran-
spired between Sharma
and then girlfriend Sasha
Singh in the carpark of the Grand
Bazaar shopping mall on March 12,
where Singh claimed to be pushed and
shoved about by the then minister.
Gaspard received the file on the
police investigation last week.
Back in March, Singh, the managing
director of AMS Biotech Security Con-
cept and AmSure T&T Ltd, met with
officers of the St Joseph Police Station
to disclose details of the alleged assault.
This investigation was "fast-tracked"
by police because it was
considered to be high-
The incident was first
made public when it was
reported in the Sunshine
weekly newspaper pub-
lished by Sharma s former
colleague turned political
leader of the Independent
Liberal Party (ILP), Jack
Sharma resigned as
minister on March 31,
days after the report was
made to the police and
ventilated in the public domain.
Sharma was interviewed by the
police over a month ago regarding
Singh s allegations.
It had been reported earlier that ASP
Joanne Archie, public information offi-
cer of the T&T Police Service, said
that "a charge or charges" might be
laid after the investigation was com-
The DPP s determination comes two
months after the report.
Fr De Four:
I was consecrated
to God by mom
DPP's decision on Sharma's
assault charges this week
Edwards has been
appointed as a mem-
ber of the Integrity
was made by President
Anthony Carmona on
Friday at a swearing-in
ceremony at the Office
of the President, St
Ann s, according to a
Edwards has replaced
Seunarine Jokhoo, who
resigned from the IC in
Jokhoo was unable to
continue his duties at
the IC due to urgent
Edwards was eminently
qualified and experi-
enced, and has the req-
uisite moral fibre to dis-
cern right from wrong.
In perusing his entire
resume, "you come to
the realisation that this
is an individual who has
engaged the straight
and narrow path
throughout his life,"
Edwards that he would
need his family s sup-
port since public service
in T&T was no longer
given the respect that
it warranted, a situation
that needs to be
President Anthony Carmona,right, looks on as Joel Christopher Edwards takes the
oath of office for his appointment as a member to the Integrity Commission on at
the Office of The President on Thursday.
Edwards attended Presentation College, San
Fernando, from 1966 to 1973 before pursuing his
tertiary education at the University of the West
He won a UWI Open Scholarship after placing
first in the Caribbean in the Modern Studies
Division of the UWI Scholarship Examination; he
was subsequently awarded a Bachelor of
Science in Management Studies in three years,
after which he went on to achieve his Master of
Sciences in Accounting in only one year.
was growing exponentially in the US and gaining
in popularity in France, and attracting more people
He said at his St Anne s parish in San Diego, Cal-
ifornia, USA, TLM was held exclusively.
De Four, who was ordained in 1964, was taught
Latin at the Spiritan seminary, in Port-of-Spain,
and as a student at St Mary s College. He said
parishioners remembered that form of mass.
Fr Reginald De Four gives communion to members of the congregation during traditional Latin Mass at the
Church of the Sacred Heart, Richmond Street, Port-of-Spain, yesterday. Fr De Four also celebrated the 50th
anniversary of his ordination on the Feast of the Queenship of Mary. PHOTO: CHARLES KONG SOO
Joel Christopher Edwards
appointed to the IC
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