Our History

Our History

The Choice Movement: Helping Young Adults in Trinidad and Tobago Since 1984

In 1984, The Choice Movement was introduced to Trinidad and Tobago by Wilfred and Kay Holder. Previously, in 1976, they had met Rev Tom Morrow, who developed The Choice Movement in the USA. After having experienced the Choice Retreat Weekend, they fearlessly accepted the challenge to introduce The Choice Movement into the Archdiocese of Port-of-Spain, Trinidad.

The first Choice Weekend Retreat in Trinidad and Tobago was held on August 10-12, 1984. To help facilitate the weekend, a team from Guyana was invited: Billy and Sandra Fernandes, Fr Micheal Coutes, and Jonathan Yearwood. The Retreat Weekend was a huge success.

Following the success of the first Choice Retreat Weekend, the Holders decided to keep offering the Retreat Weekend experience to others. They trained other local teams to facilitate weekends. 'Choice' became increasingly popular and by the fourth Retreat Weekend, the location had to be changed from St. Andrew's Theological College to the Emmaus Centre to accommodate the increasing numbers of participants.

After the Holders, Harold and Carol Woodruffe took over. They were eventually followed by Sr M Patrice Simmonds, SJC, and then by Sr M Paul Sellier, SJC. In 1995, she was succeeded by Sr Helen Profiero, O'Carm.  In 2009, she was followed by Sr Lystra Long, OP and then in September 2019, Nigel and NIcholin Copeland took over as Spiritual Directors of The Choice Movement in Trinidad and Tobago.

Throughout its existence, The Choice Movement has been heavily supported by laypersons to make each transition as smooth as possible. Currently, there are three Retreat Weekends per year which in recent times have been held at the Seminary of St John Vianney and the Ugandan Martyrs and Emmaus Center.

As of May 2020, there have been 88 Choice Weekend Retreats in Trinidad and Tobago.