We read in the book SOUALIGA CATHOLICA that the first and the second priest in our parish were Dutch diocesan priests, not members of a religious order or congregation. They served our community from 1841 till 1887, Father ten Brink 15 years and then Father Nieuwenhuis for no less than 34 years. After them there was a long list of Dutch Dominicans, members of the Order of Preachers. In 1978 Father Heillegger opened the row of Antillean and Filipino diocesan priests and since 2005 the Missionaries of the Divine Word (SVD) are in charge of the parish of St Martin of Tours. How did this worldwide congregation found their way to our island ?
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After Holy Mass we pray the prayer of St. Michael, the Archangel.
Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host,
by the Divine Power of God,
cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits
who wander throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls.
The history of the St. Michael prayer goes back two centuries.
to know the reasons behind this beautiful prayer we kindly ask you to visit our Church teachings page.