(VIDEO) Belizean Garifuna Priest, Father Lawrence Nicasio Ordained as BISHOP in Belize

The Most Reverend Bishop Lawrence Nicasio was designated Bishop of the Diocese of Belize City and Belmopan, Belize.

Belize City, Belize — Priest of Belizean Garifuna Heritage, Father Lawrence Sydney Nicasio was ordained as Bishop for the Catholic faith on SATURDAY, May 13th 2017 in a ceremony filled with significance and meaning.  The Most Reverend Bishop Lawrence Nicasio is your new Bishop, Belize!

Appointed Bishop after the January 2017 resignation of Bishop Dorick McGowan Wright, the Ordination ceremony of Bishop Lawrence Nicasio offered more than pageantry for sharp eyed observers.

Fortunately, Chanel 5 Belize offered a news report offered on their television station and put the video on Youtube so that the world could see a glimpse of this historic ceremony.

With all the pageantry on view as those of the Roman Catholic faith filled the St. Johns College Gymnasium on this occasion, the grander view of what took place can be missed.

According to Chanel 5 Belize, the ceremony included Praise and Worship in four different languages, English, Spanish, Garifuna and Latin (with contributions from all cultures).

Bishop Lawrence Nicasio, Catholic, Garifuna, Belize, Belizean Garifuna

Bishop Lawrence Nicasio of Belizean Garifuna Heritage during his ordination ceremony on May 13th 2017

Watching Bishop Lawrence Nicasio having the laying on of hands on him, as well as being charged to lead that diverse church congregation in Central America was moving.  To be thrust into the role of such spiritual authority is one not to be taken lightly and I’d assume, humbling.  In the Roman Catholic or Christian religion, the laying on of hands, is a symbolic invoking of the Holy Spirit as well as the recognition of the bishop or priest into that particular Diocese’s rank of ministry.  Bishop Lawrence Nicasio noted,

“As Bishop, it’s a tough job, but the church is alive when YOU give life to this church.  I cannot do it alone.  If we are going to be a church that is alive, YOU MUST DO YOUR PART.”    — Bishop Lawrence Nicasio

In his remarks, Bishop Lawrence Nicasio sang a little in the Garifuna Language (he is a Garifuna from Dangriga, Belize) and also reminded the assembled audience that that particular day (May 13th) was the commemoration of Our Lady of Fatima.  Our Lady of Fatima is the occasion of the supernatural appearance of the Virgin Mary before three shepherd children in the country of Portugal in 1917.

Bishop Lawrence Nicasio, Catholic, Garifunua, Belize, Belizean Garifuna,

Bishop Lawrence Nicasio of Belizean Garifuna Heritage during his ordination ceremony on May 13th 2017

Finally, in the centerpiece of the ceremony was the use of the Ruguma, a special Garifuna woven sleeve / straw strainer used to squeeze out the poison from grated cassava in order to make cassava bread.  In his sermon, Auxiliary Bishop Christopher Glancy explained how the Ruguma is symbolic of a community’s attempt to be unified against evil.

“You know today, we need something to squeeze the poison out of our society.  We need something to squeeze out the violence, the anger.  And it certainly, Mary teaches us in prayer, in the rosary, is one thing.  But in those cultural positions, as well.  In the traditions of the Garifuna people, in the traditions of the Maya, the Kriol, the Mestizo, are all around our country.  Ways that bring us together, across generations, and help us to squeeze out the poison out of our society.  So (turns to Bishop Nicasio), newly elect Bishop Lawrence Nicasio.  Lead us.  Guide us.  Show us how to use the ruguma.  Just as Jesus said, ‘Remain in my love, that my love might be of you and your love might be complete.  That my joy in you and that your joy might be complete.  This is my command, love one another as I have loved you.’  So show us how to integrate the daily prayer of the rosary as Mary instructed us at Fatima.   Teach us how to live the Garifuna greeting, ‘Darangilu luma Isieni’, ‘Peace and Love’, ‘Paz y Amor’.”  — Bishop Lawrence Nicasio

For Auxiliary Bishop Christopher Glancy to find meaning in a special cultural and culinary item of the Garifuna ethnic group is noteworthy, memorable and moving.  Below is the news report.

I’m used to seeing Bishop Lawrence Nicasio preside over the Belizean Garifuna Settlement Day Mass in Brooklyn every November.  Congratulations and Inebesei (“Respect” in the Garifuna Language) to Bishop Lawrence Nicasio.

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ABOUT The Garifuna People / SOBRE el Pueblo Garifuna

The Garifuna people are people of African descent (in other words, Black people) whose ancestry can be traced to Africans mixing with Carib Indians and Arawak Indians on the Eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent. From this cultural fusion of race and ethnicities in St. Vincent Island, a distinct culture and language arose.

Los Garífunas son personas de ascendencia africana (en otras palabras, la gente negro) cuya ascendencia se puede remontar a los africanos mezcla con los indios caribes y arahuacos en la isla del Caribe Oriental de San Vicente. A partir de esta fusión cultural de la raza y etnias en la isla de San Vicente, una cultura y una lengua distinta surgieron.

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The Garifuna (then known as The Black Caribs) are noted for not only being the main source of resistance against European expansion into the Lesser Antilles over the course of over 150 years, but also being one of the few (only?) peoples of African descent (again, in other words, Black people) in the Americas to have maintained aspects of their ancestral culture and full use of their ancestral language for everyday use over the course of hundreds of years.

Los Garífunas (entonces conocido como el Caribes Negros) están marcadas no sólo por ser la principal fuente de resistencia contra la expansión europea hacia las Antillas Menores en el transcurso de más de 150 años, pero también es uno de los pocos (sólo?) Pueblos de África descenso (de nuevo, en otras palabras, los negros) en las Américas que han mantenido los aspectos de su cultura ancestral y la plena utilización de su lengua ancestral para el uso diario a lo largo de cientos de años.

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After being defeated in war with the British on St. Vincent in 1796; 1004 men, 1779 women and 1,555 children for a total of 4,338 people (mostly Black Caribs, as the Garifuna people were then known) were captured and taken to Baliceaux, a small island, a rock, basically, off the coast of St. Vincent. This took place from July 1796 through February/March 1797. About 2,000 Garifunas died of a mysterious and very infectious fever while living on Baliceaux awaiting their fate.

Después de ser derrotado en la guerra con los británicos en San Vicente en 1796; 1004 hombres, 1779 mujeres y 1.555 niños por un total de 4.338 personas (en su mayoría Negro caribes, como los garífunas se conocía entonces) fueron capturados y llevados a Baliceaux, una pequeña isla, una roca, básicamente, en la costa de San Vicente . Esto se llevó a cabo entre julio de 1796 y febrero / marzo de 1797. Cerca de 2,000 garífunas murió de una fiebre misteriosa y muy infecciosa mientras viven en Baliceaux espera de su destino.

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In early March 1797, the remaining Garifunas were loaded onto the HMS Experiment and other ships. Once they were rounded up, the convoy were taken to a Bequia, which is another island off the coast of St. Vincent. They proceeded to go to Grenada to get water, then Jamaica for refueling, then finally Roatan, Honduras, arriving on April 12th 1797.

A principios de marzo de 1797, los garífunas restantes se cargaron en el Experimento HMS y otras naves. Una vez que fueron detenidos, el convoy fueron llevados a un Bequia, que es otra isla de la costa de San Vicente. Se procedió a ir a Granada para conseguir agua, a continuación, Jamaica para repostar, y finalmente Roatán, Honduras, llegando el 12 de abril 1797.

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Finding much of Roatan unliveable, the Garifuna people petitioned officials representing Spain and it’s government (which controlled much of Central America at the time) to be allowed to move to the Honduran mainland. Upon being allowed to move to the Honduran mainland, namely the port town of Trujillo, Honduras in May 1797. Subsequently, the Garifunas settled many towns and villages along the Caribbean coast of Honduras. They also migrated to the neighboring countries of Guatemala, Belize (then known as British Honduras) and Nicaragua over the years.

Encontrar gran parte de Roatán inhabitable, el pueblo garífuna solicitaron a los funcionarios que representan a España y es el gobierno (que controlaba gran parte de Centroamérica en el momento) que se le permitiera pasar a la parte continental de Honduras. Al que se le permita pasar a la parte continental de Honduras, a saber, la ciudad puerto de Trujillo, Honduras de mayo de 1797. Posteriormente, los garífunas se establecieron muchas ciudades y pueblos a lo largo de la costa caribeña de Honduras. También emigraron a los países vecinos de Guatemala, Belice (entonces conocido como Honduras Británica) y Nicaragua en los últimos años.

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Finally, Garifuna People have also migrated to the United States of America where generations have settled in cities like New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston, Seattle, Boston, Miami and Boston. Despite their mainly Spanish surnames, their culture and history are distinct from other Afro-American and Latino ethnic groups and it’s important to keep that in mind.

Por último, Las personas Garifunas también han emigrado a los Estados Unidos, donde las generaciones se han asentado en ciudades como Nueva York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston, Seattle, Boston, Miami y Boston. A pesar de sus apellidos, principalmente españoles, su cultura y la historia son distintos de otros grupos étnicos Afro-americanos y latinos y es importante tener esto en mente.

If you find the BEING GARIFUNA Website helpful and useful, please DONATE. Every dollar donated helps keep this website in operation. Donations are accepted via the PAYPAL website so your potential donations are SAFE and SECURE.

Si encuentra que ese sitio web SER GARIFUNA / SIENDO GARIFUNA sea útil, por favor DONAR. Cada dólar donado ayuda a mantener este sitio web en funcionamiento. Se aceptan donaciones a través de la página web de PAYPAL para que sus donaciones potenciales son SEGURES y PROTEGIEDOS.

Bishop Lawrence Nicasio, Catholic, Garifuna, Belize, Belizean Garifuna

Bishop Lawrence Nicasio of Belizean Garifuna Heritage during his ordination ceremony on May 13th 2017

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