Oldest Catholic celebrates 100 years
In church you will come across individuals from all walks of life. Doctors, teachers, nurses, mechanics, you name it. Therefore it’s no surprise that amongst the congregation we have a renowned fashion guru. What is astonishing is that this special member in our congregation, Mrs. Carmen Carrington, who hails from Grand Case, is 100 years of age, making her the oldest living Catholic on Sint Maarten. Sitting comfortably in her rocking chair on a sunny Saturday afternoon, Mrs. Carmen reflected on her years giving back to the Catholic church. Mrs. Carmen began sewing on Sint Maarten at an early age before moving to Manhattan, where she continued sewing, making her name as a renowned seamstress. By the time she returned to Sint Maarten Mrs. Carmen was the most sought after designer and seamstress on the island. She was particularly popular for designing and sewing wedding dresses. Apart from designing and sewing the beautiful dresses that the brides walked down the church aisles in, Mrs. Carmen was also responsible for the interior church décor. You could always count on Mrs. Carmen to have the church beautifully decorated for the occasion. It could be a wedding or Christmas or Easter, whatever the occasion Mrs. Carmen ensured the church was as well dressed as the congregation. From those who can recall Mrs. Carmen’s contributions to the church noted that in earlier years during the construction of The Risen Christ Church she would organize fashion shows to raise funds. She even helped to collect stones used to construct the foundation for this church. Although 100 years Mrs. Carmen still remembers her childhood memory of walking to the Catholic church in Grand Case every Sunday morning to attend mass. The tradition of going to church every Sunday continued even as she got married, had children and grandchildren. On her 100th birthday, January 28th, a special celebration was held at her home, which she shared with her husband for many years before he passed. Among those in attendance were some of her 7 children and some of her grandchildren, as well Lieutenant Governor Eugene Holiday paid her a special visit. While Mrs. Carmen is not able to attend church every Sunday, Father Adam and the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion of the Parish visit her regularly and administer the Sacrament of Holy communion to her. She is extremely grateful for this.