Re-elected Prime Minister of Grenada Dr Keith Mitchell and recently appointed Catholic Bishop Clyde Harvey have been discussing ways to rekindle young people’s interest in the church.
Dwindling membership and a growing lack of interest by the nation’s youth, among other related matters, were discussed between the two leaders during a meeting in the Prime Minister’s Office on Friday.
Prime Minister Mitchell, himself an ardent Catholic, shared his views on the state of the Catholic Church in Grenada. The Prime Minister and the Bishop examined recommendations to get the youth back into the church.
Bishop Harvey, who began his tour of duty in Grenada last June, announced during the meeting that the church is starting to place emphasis on young people, especially young men. His comments come as the Catholic Church prepares to announce the appointment of 2 youth coordinators for that purpose.
In the face of concerns that some people have been turned off from the church, it was agreed that the bishop has an opportunity to change things and send a different message so that the church can play more of a community role.
Friday’s meeting between the Bishop and the Prime Minister was the first since Dr Mitchell’s New National Party (NNP) won the general election in a landslide victory less than 2 weeks ago.