The Castries Constituency Council (CCC) will officially adopt the Calvary as part of plans to revitalize, beautify and maintain the area, it has been announced.
According to the office of Castries Mayor, Peterson Francis, the decision was taken at a recent meeting with Archbishop Robert Rivas.
The official handing-over of the keys to the property will take place on Friday March 29, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. at the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Castries located in Vigie.
A release from the Mayor’s office noted that over the years the Calvary has been vandalized.
It observed that overgrown shrubs made the area a hideout for criminals and a home to vagrants.
The Calvary, as it is commonly known, is the final resting place for clergymen and nuns of the Roman Catholic Church.
The release disclosed that it is the final resting place for Catholic Priest, Charles Jesse who wrote the island’s National Anthem.
“Popular Priest Fr. Reginald John, who was known for his community service and care and adoption of children, and Bishop Lester Guilly, who was instrumental in brokering peace during the 1979 political upheaval, are also buried at the location,” the release stated.
It quoted Mayor Peterson Francis as expressing the view that the Calvary can be made part of a tour for visitors.
Francis asserted that it is important for a sacred place with such history to be preserved and protected.
‘‘When my office was approached we did not hesitate to assist. We immediately left to visit the site and saw the decay of such a facility. I would hate to believe that the Calvary, its purpose and rich history have been forgotten by many. This certainly should not be if that is the case,” Mayor Francis was quoted as saying.