Brother Matthew Feheney has published an authoritative new book on Catholic education in Trinidad and Tobago. The book is entitled, "Catholic Education in Trinidad and Tobago. The Twentieth Century."
The book has been welcomed by His Grace Dr Edward Gilbert, Archbishop of Port of Spain. Copies will be distributed among Catholic schools and colleges throughout the archdiocese in the coming months.
The Presentation Brothers went to the British Caribbean in 1947 at the invitation of Archbishop Finbar Ryan, Dominican prelate from Cork. The Brothers operated five secondary schools in the islands: two in Trinidad and Tobago and one each in Grenada, St Lucia and Barbados.
Brother Matthew spent sixteen years in the archdiocese of Port of Spain, during which he was principal of both Presentation College San Fernando and Presentation College, Chaguanas. Both the present Prime Minister and his predecessor are past students of Presentation College, San Fernando.
The present volume compliments Brother Matthew's earlier publication, "Catholic Education in Trinidad in the Nineteenth Century" (Dublin: Four Courts, 2001), which is regarded as a seminal study of Catholic education in the area.
In September, 2009, the past students of Presentation College, San Fernando, Trinidad, published a book by Brother Matthew, entitled, Caribbean Recollections; Presentation Brothers Remembered. This book contains short biographical sketches of 26 Presentation Brothers who served in the British Caribbean and who are now deceased.
Mr Joel Edwards, treasurer of the past students association, was one of the principal organisers of this project. Brother Matthew declined to accept any financial return for the book, suggesting, instead, that profits go towards the charities being supported by the Presentation Past Students Association of San Fernando.
Photo 1: Br Matthew Feheny