Significant Funds are continually raised and donated from members and supporters in favour of the Order’s charitable projects launched in several nations in partnership with the Roman Catholic Diocese of St John’s-Basseterre in Antigua & Barbuda, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Roseau in Dominica and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Castries in Saint Lucia. Among them are:
Antigua & Barbuda
Over one million pounds have been raised from members and supporters to support the completion of the Good Samaritan Catholic Church and Community Outreach Centre in Hatton, the redevelopment of St Joseph’s Academy, the complete renovation of St Joseph’s and St Patrick’s Catholic Church on Independence Avenue and a sizable sponsorship of the Antilles Episcopal Conference Youth Assembly which will took place in Antigua in 2015 and the Anglican Cathedral in St John’s. These projects are currently underway and are expected to be completed in late 2016 early 2017.
Hundreds of thousands of pounds have been raised towards the restoration of the historic Our Lady of Fair Haven Cathedral in Roseau, the renovation of St Peter’s Presbytery in Colihaut and the renovation of Our Lady of Morne Carmel Retirement Home in Morne Daniel as well as the rebuilding of the Diocesan Youth Centre in Roseau. These projects are currently underway and are expected to be completed in late 2016 early 2017.
Tens of thousands of pounds were raised for the external restoration of the Catholic Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Castries and the publication of a book written by His Grace The Most Reverend Robert Rivas, Archbishop of Castries ‘How Beautiful the Valley’, launched in London in December 2014 and in Castries in January 2015.
Further projects are expected to be announced in 2016 in the West Indies for St.Vincent and the Grenadines and Barbados and further projects in countries already benefiting from support.
In 2015 a series of goodwill causes have received funds from members of the Order. More details to follow shortly.
Mission to Iraq
In 2004, the Constantinian Order and the Carabinieri Corps of Italy jointly organised an important humanitarian mission to Nassiriyah in Iraq. This charitable activity in support of the Iraqi people was part of the wider National Peacekeeping Military Operation “Ancient Babylon” of the Italian Military Forces in Iraq. The Constantinian Order donated medical and other equipment worth over one million euros in an effort approved by HE The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Italy.
‘The Prevention and Treatment of Colon Cancer’ campaign
This campaign was launched in Rome in 2002 by the Constantinian Order under the High Patronage of Pope John Paul II, the President of the Italian Republic, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, and the United European Gastroenterology Federation. The campaign aimed to support and encourage researchers and to increase public awareness of the illness.
In Italy, the Constantinian Order also launched in 2002 another major charitable and hospitaller programme in conjunction with the ‘National Association against AIDS’ of the Campania region, and the Association of Wives of Italian Doctors of Naples. This initiative raised funds for the first Constantinian Home in Southern Italy for HIV-positive children. The creation of the Constantinian Home in Naples allows mothers and HIV-positive children to be together during their treatment.
Other organisations and funds that have been supported by the Delegation of Great Britain and Ireland include:
- The Dublin Skin and Cancer Hospital
- Institute Santa Patrizia, Italy, which cares for the children in need
- Tsunami Emergency Relief Fund for the 2005 Tsunami disaster in South East Asia
- Olave Baden Powell Society