Martin Folan arrived in St. Vincent & the Grenadines on Shrove Tuesday, 5th February, 2008 to assist an old friend, Fr. Jim Candon OP with his charitable outreach to the poor and the marginalized of SVG. Some fifteen years earlier Fr. Jim had served as a priest in his hometown of Galway in the West of Ireland, before disappearing to the West Indies. With the help of some caring Vincentians Fr. Jim established an incorporated charity, namely, the De Porres Trust, to cater for those unfortunates living on the street and also for the needs of prisoners.
His first task was to tend to the prisoners in Her Majesty’s Prison, Kingstown and their requests for toiletries, clothing, etc., it also encompassed assisting in the Soup Kitchen on Sundays. Today, the Trust continues the work which Fr. Jim began many years ago, ensuring that the poor are not left without some form of hope and assistance. Thanks to the generosity of the people of St.Vincent and others, (particularly Fr. Jim) the De Porres Trust has managed to maintain its support for those existing on the margins.
He describes living and working in St. Vincent for the past ten years as an enriching experience. The friendliness of the people along with the interaction with Church community groups has helped him to feel very much at home here in this beautiful country. He thanks God for the opportunity and privilege to serve Him in the poor and marginalized of SVG.
Christine Walcott is a missionary from the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. She was invited in 2012 by Msgr. Michael Stewart to assist the people in Sandy Bay. She resided and ministered among them until 2015. While in Sandy Bay she was asked to assist in the catechetical ministry for the Diocese of Kingstown. In 2016 she was asked by Fr. Rex Ramos to assist in the Southern Grenadines. Bishop Gerard County requested her to return to the mainland in 2017. In addition to the catechetical ministry she assists Martin Folan in the De Porres Trust.