Edward Joseph Gilbert

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The Most Reverend
Edward J. Gilbert, C.Ss.R., JCD
Archbishop Emeritus of Port of Spain
Church Catholic Church
See Archdiocese of Port of Spain
In office March 21, 2001— December 26, 2011
Predecessor Gordon Anthony Pantin, C.S.Sp.
Successor Joseph Everard Harris, C.S.Sp
Ordination June 21, 1964
Consecration September 7, 1994
by Kelvin Edward Felix
Personal details
Born (1936-12-26) December 26, 1936 (age 80)
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Previous post Bishop of Roseau

Edward Joseph Gilbert (born December 26, 1936) is a 20th and 21st century American born bishop of the Catholic Church in the Antilles. He served as bishop of the Diocese of Roseau in Dominica, from 1994-2001. He was the Archbishop of Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago between 2001-2011.


Early life & Ministry[edit]

Gilbert was born in Brooklyn, New York on December 26, 1936.[1] He professed religious vows in the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (Redemptorists) on August 2, 1959.[2] He studied for the priesthood at St Mary's College Seminary, North East, Pennsylvania and Mount St. Alphonsus Seminary in Esopus, New York.[3] He was ordained a priest on June 21, 1964. He earned a Doctor of Canon Law degree from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. From 1968 - 1969 he was involved in parish ministry in Brooklyn. He was assigned to the faculty at Mount St. Alphonsus Seminary from 1970-1984. He served as professor of Canon Law for 14 years, academic dean for six years and the seminary rector for six years. In 1984 he was elected the Provincial Superior of the Baltimore Province, a position he held until he was named bishop.

Bishop of Roseau[edit]

On July 1, 1994 Saint John Paul II named him the eighth bishop of the Diocese of Roseau. He was consecrated by Archbishop Kelvin Edward Felix of Castries on September 7, 1994. The principal co-consecrators were Bishops Ronald Gerard Connors, C.Ss.R. of San Juan de la Maguana and Pastor Cuquejo, C.Ss.R. of the Military Ordinariate of Paraguay.[4] During his six years in Roseau Bishop Gilbert worked to reorganize the diocese. He inaugurated the Diocesan Synod, which involved the clergy, religious and laity in all its aspects. All areas of church life were studied and four areas were selected for on-going pastoral care: family life, youth, training and finances. Gilbert promoted vocations to the priesthood and religious life. He modernized church structures, which included the appointment of the first woman to be the chancellor of the diocese. He also created the Dominica Catholic, a quarterly diocesan newspaper.[2]

Archbishop of Port of Spain[edit]

Saint John Paul II named Bishop Gilbert the 11th archbishop of Port of Spain on March 21, 2001. He was installed in Port of Spain on May 5, 2001. Archbishop Gilbert served the archdiocese for eleven years until his resignation was accepted by Pope Benedict XVI on December 26, 2011.[4]


  1. ^ "Metropolitan Archdiocese of Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago". www.gcatholic.org. Retrieved 2010-08-18. 
  2. ^ a b "Curriculum Vitae of Most Reverend Edward J Gilbert". livingwatercommunity.com. Retrieved 2010-08-18. 
  3. ^ Bunson, Matthew (2010). 2010 Catholic Almanac. Huntington, Indiana: Our Sunday Visitor. p. 402. 
  4. ^ a b "Archbishop Edward Joseph Gilbert, C.SS.R.". www.catholic-hierarchy.org. Retrieved 2010-08-18. 
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Arnold Boghaert, C.Ss.R.
Bishop of Roseau
Succeeded by
Gabriel Malzaire