Life’s Work: Chapter 5

Life’s Work: Chapter 5: Holy Cross College 50th Anniversary, Arima, Trinidad

A Guide Capable Of Leading Others by Kazim Abasali – The Empowering ARTist Art showing scripture verses.“Do everything you can to present yourself to God as one who is fully genuine, a worker unashamed of your mission, a guide capable of leading others along the correct path defined by the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15

Between 13th September 2007, and 27th September 2007, Kazim’s trip to Arima, Trinidad, to attend the 50th Anniversary Reunion of Holy Cross College, was sponsored by his friend Dave Lalla, who also traveled for the occasion. On 14th September 2007, there was a Church Service to start the 50th Anniversary of the college.

Holy Cross College Arima 50th Anniversary Church Service 1 by Kazim Abasali – The Empowering ARTist.At the Holy Cross College Chapel, Fr. Ignatius Candon O.P. 1st Principal of the college 1957-1959, and past student Robert Rivas O.P., at the time – Coadjutor Archbishop of Castries, St. Lucia, and other clergy members, celebrate Mass with Holy Cross College family faithfuls.

Holy Cross College Arima 50th Anniversary Church service luncheon 1 by Kazim Abasali – The Empowering ARTist.Kazim was invited to a Church Service luncheon. This was held next to the Holy Cross College Chapel at the Priory.

Holy Cross College Arima 50th Anniversary Church service luncheon 1 by Kazim Abasali – The Empowering ARTist.After the luncheon, Kazim with friend Charles Bhawanie, Fr. Patrick Brennan (who was Chairman of the Board of Holy Cross College at the time), and Charles’ wife Macia. Front right seated is Brother Navis.

Holy Cross College Arima 50th Anniversary Church before Dinner and Dance 1 by Kazim Abasali – The Empowering ARTist.Kazim (extreme right in photo), visiting with Holy Cross College past students before the Dinner and Dance on the 15th September 2007. Dave Lalla is on the extreme left. Next to Dave is Tony Salina (RIP)who passed away. And center is Dr. Keith Mc Intyre, who came from England to attend this 50th Anniversary. And next to Kazim is Cantius Salina.

Holy Cross College Arima 50th Anniversary Church Dinner and Dance 1 by Kazim Abasali – The Empowering ARTistAt the Holy Cross College 50th Anniversary Dinner and Dance function, Kazim with Fr. Ignatius Candon O.P. 1st Principal of the college 1957-1959.

Holy Cross College Arima 50th Anniversary Church Dinner and Dance 2 by Kazim Abasali – The Empowering ARTistAt the Holy Cross College 50th Anniversary Dinner and Dance function, Kazim with Jones P. Madeira (renowned journalist), and Dr. Robin Antoine.

Holy Cross College Arima 50th Anniversary Church Dinner and Dance 3 by Kazim Abasali – The Empowering ARTistAt the Holy Cross College 50th Anniversary Dinner and Dance function, Kazim sitting with Ma Gomes next to him on his left. On the extreme left is Diane (Gomes) Cedeno. On Kazim’s right is Beverly (Gomes) Nunes. And on the extreme right is Annie Gomes, wife of Larry Gomes. Both Diane and Beverly were part of a popular girls’ club called “A-Teens” initiated by Ursula “Auntie Babsie” Bleasdell, and Dorothea Watkins. They raised funds to help with the building of Holy Cross College with Christmas Carol Singing, and “We going well, we going Shell” Band at Carnival time.

Holy Cross College Arima 50th Anniversary Church Dinner and Dance 4 by Kazim Abasali – The Empowering ARTistAt the Holy Cross College 50th Anniversary Dinner and Dance function, Kazim sitting with Ma Gomes next to him on his left. On the extreme right foreground is Larry Gomes, childhood friend, and classmate at Holy Cross College, and classmate during Elementary School as well. Larry went on after his sporting days at college to become an international cricketer playing for the West Indies team, during the era of Clive Lloyd (captain) and Viv (Master Blaster) Richards. Larry was know as Mr. Dependable on that West Indies team.

Holy Cross College Arima 50th Anniversary Organizing Committee 1 by Kazim Abasali – The Empowering ARTistKazim took this photo in Arima, Trinidad, of some members of 50th Anniversary Holy Cross College Organizing Committee. They comprised Mr. Gordon Walker, Jerold Farrier, Holly Betaudier Jr., Sookram Ali, Gerard Soogrim, Neil Walcott, Walt Bhawanie, Eli Martineau, Ronald Gay, Ganesh Sahadeo, Gloria Corneal, Sastri Farrier, Charmaine Maharaj and the Past Holy Cross College Board of Father Brennan, Mr. Derek Outridge, Bro. Navis, and Richard Saunders. Not all members of the committee are included in the photo. This photo was after their postmortem meeting. It was members of this committee that supplied Kazim with materials for the Holy Cross College Alumni website.

Holy Cross College Arima 50th Anniversary Organizing Committee 2 by Kazim Abasali – The Empowering ARTistKazim being presented with thank-you gift by Holly Betaudier Jr., on behalf of Holy Cross College 50th Anniversary Organizing Committee.

Holy Cross College Arima 1 by Kazim Abasali – The Empowering ARTist.Kazim would go on to be named as one of Holy Cross College’s Prominent Past Students. Photo taken in Holy Cross College Library Arima, Trinidad.

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