New Bishop Announced for the Diocese of Roseau

In a press release dated May 2, 2024, the Antilles Episcopal Conference announced that Pope Francis has appointed Reverend Fr. Kendrick Forbes of the Archdiocese of Nassau as Bishop of Roseau- Dominica. The release noted that Rev. Kendrick Forbes was born in Nassau, Bahamas on August 20, 1975. He pursued and completed his initial training for the priesthood at the St. Meinrad College Seminary in Indiana (United States of America), earning a bachelor’s in History. He obtained a Master of Divinity (MDiv) and a Master of Theology from St. Meinrad School of Theology, and later, a Licentiate in canon law from the Catholic University of America. Reverend Fr. Kendrick Forbes was ordained a priest in Nassau on June 11, 2002. 

The appointment of Bishop-Elect Kendrick Forbes comes following the vacancy that arose from the appointment of Bishop Gabriel Malzaire as the Metropolitan Archbishop of the Province of Castries on February 11, 2022 and marks the culmination of a period of fervent prayer by the local Church for the appointment of a Bishop. 

According to Church regulations, the Bishop-Elect  “must receive episcopal consecration (i.e. be “made a bishop”) within three months and must take canonical possession of the diocese within four months of the date of appointment.” 

The Entire family of the Antilles Episcopal Conference continues to pray for Bishop-Elect Forbes, the clergy, religious and lay faithful of the Diocese of Roseau.