CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 17 November 2018

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A charismatic servant returns to the Father

Hong Kong (SE): Dominican Father Everett Allen Roman Carter, a friend of many in Hong Kong, died on the afternoon of June 16 in Avila, Spain. 
 
In accordance with tradition, a requiem Mass was celebrated the next day, June 17 at the priory of the Convent of Santo Tomas, after which he was buried with his confrérès in the cemetery at Avila.
 
Born in Chicago, Illinois, the United States of America, on 10 October 1932, he attended elementary and secondary school in Berwyn and Cicero, from 1936 to 1948, however, he graduated from St. Andrews, in Tennessee (1948 to 1950). 
 
He then studied electronics and navigation in the United States Navy from 1952 to 1956.  
 
Father Carter entered the Dominican Order in the Province of England where he was accepted to the novitiate at Woodchester in 1960. He made his first religious profession on 27 September 1961.
 
He studied philosophy at Sant’Anslemo in Rome, Italy, 1957 to 1960, and theology in Hawkesyard and Oxford, England, and Angelicum in Rome and the Institute of Santo Tomas in Avila.
 
He was ordained to the priesthood on 17 July 1966, at the Priory of Santo Tomas in Avila.
 
He participated in ecumenical dialogue gatherings in Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium and England between 1968 and 1970, before preaching in Spain, England and North America from 1971 to 1973. From 1974 to 1975 he was librarian at the Convent of Santo Tomas. 
 
Prior to arriving in Hong Kong, he was in the Philippines from 1987 to 1993 at the University of Santo Tomas engaged in teaching as well as administrative and editorial work, and actively participated in the Charismatic Renewal Movement. 
 
He was assigned to the preaching ministry in Australia, New Zealand and Oceana from 1975 to 1986, with a spell in the Solomon Islands from 1982 to 1983, and again from 1986 to 1987. 
 
Father Carter worked in Hong Kong from 1993 to 2009, at St. Joseph, Kowloon, and St. Albert, Hong Kong, and served as a member of the Diocesan Ecumenical Commission and for the Diocesan Commission Pastoral Services to Migrant Workers. 
 
He was also chairperson of the ecumenical group, Ministerium, Catholic representative with the Christian Committee of RTHK (Radio Television Hong Kong), programmer and broadcaster for RTHK Radio 4 (1994 to 2009), and auxiliary chaplain of the British Armed Forces in Hong Kong from 1995 to 1997. 
 
He was also the spiritual coordinator of the Hong Kong Catholic Charismatic Service Committee from 1993 to 2009.
 
In 2009, he was assigned to the priory of Santo Tomas in Avila when it became clear that he was having some mobility problems. 
 
John Cardinal Tong, the former bishop of Hong Kong said of him, “Father Carter has made a lot of contributions on promoting Ecumenical Unity among Christians in Hong Kong.”
 
Father Carter was gifted with a very good memory, took exquisite care in preparing his teaching assignments, speeches, talks, radio scripts, commentaries on the psalms published in Life Today magazine. 
 
He was a lover of history and of mystics like Henry Suso. He was always ready to go whenever he was called upon to talk on ecumenism whether on radio or to charismatic groups.
 
His fellow Dominicans will remember Father Carter as a man with whom it was easy to live and who was eager to participate in the formation of novices and professed brothers. 

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