ST PETERSBURG—After more than 90 minutes of aggravation and exasperation, Neymar and Brazil finally broke through Costa Rica’s smothering defence.
You are here
Fr Hildebrand Greene was like good wine—Harris
Celestial hymns like Hosea wafted across the august Mt St Benedict Church, St John’s Road, St Augustine, yesterday.
Occasion was the Eucharistic celebration and burial service for the late abbot Fr Hildebrand Greene. Among those who had gathered to pay their respects were Abbot John Pereira, Archbishop Fr Joseph Harris and Fr Clyde Harvey. They were joined by a Guyanese contingent led by Bishop of Georgetown, Guyana, Francis Alleyne and former Abbey boys including Joseph Berment-McDowald, Enrique Bonapart, Gary Matthews, Joseph Habib and Yunus Ali.
In eulogising Greene, Pereira said his mother had Greene “in her late 40s when she had almost closed up shop.” Asked to share his sentiments on Greene, Harris said he first met Greene as a student. “He taught me the liturgy. He was committed to inter-religious dialogue. He was like good wine. As he aged, he became more noble.”
Pausing to bless a medal for mourner John Abraham, Alleyne said, “Greene was larger than life. He was more than six foot. So we had to have a special coffin built for him. He was a great consoler. He was given to service to God.”
Having flown in from Pennsylvania, USA, Greene’s cousin Kathleen Siepel said: “He was beloved by all the family. His relatives in Ireland and Guyana are mourning him. I was involved with him and the work he did in Bartica. He would go into a room with convicts and encourage them to meditate. The tense atmosphere would get relaxed. He was truly a giant among men.” While reminiscing with Berment-McDowald, he remembered being guided spiritually and scholastically by a “consummate Caribbean citizen.”
User comments posted on this website are the sole views and opinions of the comment writer and are not representative of Guardian Media Limited or its staff.
Guardian Media Limited accepts no liability and will not be held accountable for user comments.
Guardian Media Limited reserves the right to remove, to edit or to censor any comments.
Any content which is considered unsuitable, unlawful or offensive, includes personal details, advertises or promotes products, services or websites or repeats previous comments will be removed.
User profiles registered through fake social media accounts may be deleted without notice.