Overseas based locals fund historic Babonneau project

Overseas based Saint Lucians today presented  a cheque to the Parish Priest of the Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Babonneau to help fund a historic project at the church.

The funds were raised by the Babonneau Association in New York.

The money will help with the refurbishment and beautification of the church as part of the 70th anniversary of its construction.

The anniversary will be observed on June 29, 2017.

A major initiative at the church will be the creation of a three dimensional mural by renowned artist – Giovanni St. Omer, who is the  son of the late  Sir Dunstan St. Omer.

It will be the first solo church mural project by Giovanni and the first mural of it’s kind in Saint Lucia and the region.

Speaking at today’s cheque presentation ceremony, Giovanni St Omer said it was a proud day.

“I started this project with the church a couple months ago and I realised how difficult it was for a small community and a very passionate community to raise the kind of money needed to recreate this pillar of strength that the community needs at this time,”  he observed.

He said he was proud of what the Babonneau Association in New York did in making the cheque presentation.

St Omer explained that stained glass designs are very rare and unique.

“The only other ones being done right now is one in Florence – they want to do them but they are so uniquely intricate to create that the designers fall back; they don’t  want to take the chance,” he said.

St Omer said he decided to do the project because he realised how special it was to design something for the community of Babonneau.

He said the community and the church have been very supportive.

“This is a very expensive project being done with very little money but a lot of passion,” St Omer declared.

He observed that the project, the only one in the Western hemisphere,  is receiving  a lot of attention from international groups.

St Omer expressed the hope that when the stained glass mural project is completed, the whole of Saint Lucia, as well as visitors to the Island,  would come to see what Babonneau has done.

He spoke of plans to create jobs for young people to help visitors to see what Babonneau is about.

“We are going to create projects from the funding that we get from visitors that come to this country to help the community in one way or another,” the designer disclosed.



  1. Anonymous
    June 6, 2017 at 9:14 pm


  2. Society
    June 6, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    There are hungry people out thier…i guess a nice church is better than feeding people…

    1. Anonymous
      June 7, 2017 at 10:09 am

      Why don’t you go feed the hungry people ? you can’t tell persons what to do with their money especially when they are giving to charity

      1. Compawazon
        June 7, 2017 at 11:49 am

        Exactly…indiscreet.they must always make a negative comments choops…lol feed them.

  3. MAHLO
    June 7, 2017 at 5:31 am

    BLSS G.

  4. Anonymous
    June 7, 2017 at 7:23 am

    That first commentor surely had a negative comment to make this is the way some people can think. We have lots of idiots among us it’s like corn meal mixed with flour difficult to separate them .

  5. Anonymous
    June 7, 2017 at 7:29 am

    Sorry.. The second commentor. And that’s not a uwp .that’s one Of Alvina gooroos. They are the only ones that can think so. Idiots.

    1. ...
      June 7, 2017 at 10:33 am

      This church is the church Alvina attends by the way.

  6. Babonneaunian
    June 7, 2017 at 10:34 am

    Poor jab, I feel sorry for people like Commentator# 6..you arr exactky the reason for the state of our communities and the nation as a whole. ..Let’s UNITE, NOT DIVIDE !

  7. bil
    June 7, 2017 at 11:27 am

    I attend the Good Shepherd church and I can attest that the priests (both of them) spends more time begging for money than preaching the gospel. No amount of money is never enough for them. They are both African Priests. Anyway great job to the people from Babonneau leaving in Brooklyn and Connecticut. I hope he makes that’s announcement in church on Sunday and stop begging. People have bills to pay also and mouths to feed.

  8. Anonymous
    June 7, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    Wow wow wow . Speechless. Some of Youall people are something .