I was born and raised in Jacmel, Haiti. I am the youngest of six siblings. After High School I joined the Secular Institute Voluntas Dei for religious life and attended the Major Seminary Notre Dame in Haiti and graduated with a MA in Theology. I was ordained to the priesthood on September 26th, 1998. I spent 4 years in the Dominican Republic where I learned Spanish and worked as Parish priest in different diocese.
I moved to Florida in 2000 and since then I joined the Diocese of to Palm Beach and take upon several assignments. I was assigned as parochial vicar to Sacred Heart in Lake Worth from 2000 to 2003, St Anastasia in Ft Pierce from 2003 to 2008, and, during this period of time I have also served as administrator of Notre Dame Mission and Chaplain of John Carroll High School.
From 2008 to 2010 I was assigned as parochial vicar to Holy Name of Jesus parish in West Palm Beach. And from 2010 to now I served at St Sebastian Catholic Church as a parochial vicar in Sebastian and Administrator of Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission in Fellsmere. With great enthusiasm I have accompanied the people on their spiritual journey while serving on those assignments I did manage my time to attend Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska where I graduated in 2011 with a MA on the discipline of Christian Spirituality. I am blessed with a gift of languages, I speak, Creole, French, Spanish and English. I love music, singing, reading and sports.
I was born at St. Mary's Hospital in West Palm Beach in 1985 to Ed and Jan Cairnes. I am the middle child of three sons: John and Kevin. I grew up and went to parochial school at Holy Name of Jesus, where I graduated in 2000. I then went to Cardinal Newman High School. My first year of college was at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. In the Fall of my first year in college was when the desire was born within me to become a priest.
I entered St. John Vianney College Seminary in Miami the following year with four friends. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy in 2008. From there I moved to St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach. After two years of studies I spent a Pastoral Year at St. Joseph's in Stuart. After one more year of studies I was ordained a deacon. My diaconal year was spent finishing theological studies and working on the weekends at St. Joan of Arc in Boca Raton.
I was ordained a priest on May 4, 2013 with three classmates from the Diocese of Palm Beach. I have since returned to my hometown in WPB working here, in my first assignment as a priest, at the wonderful parish and school of St. Juliana
I was born in Gastonia, North Carolina to Robert Pope Sr. and Thelma Pope. When I was 5 my family moved to West Palm Beach and I have lived in this vicinity ever since. I attended public school in West Palm Beach. I attended Meadow Park Elementary School, Conniston Junior High School, and graduated from Forest Hill High School, in 1971. After that I attended Palm Beach Junior College and Florida Atlantic University, majoring in accounting and was awarded a Bachelor of Science in accounting degree in 1976. In 1986 I was awarded a Master of Business Administration degree from Nova University, and in 1996, a Master in Public Administration degree from Florida Atlantic University. I also served for 10 years as a reservist in the Army and Navy Reserves from 1972 to 1982 and was not activated during that time.
In 1982, I married Maureen Enright at St. Luke Church. At the time I was a Baptist, but in 1991 I converted to Catholicism and became a member of Holy Name of Jesus Church. I was active as a lector, RCIA facilitator, and Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion for many years. Maureen and I have 2 children Kristy and Jonathan, and they each have 2 children (I am a grandpa of 4).
In 1990, I returned to Florida Atlantic University to work as an accountant and I retired (early) in 2013. Then I worked as an accountant at St. Luke Church from December 2013, until August 2014 (I left when I began seminary). In 2002, I began studies for the permanent diaconate and in 2007. I was ordained a permanent deacon and served at Holy Name of Jesus Church until entering the seminary to study for the priesthood in August 2014.
In 2006, Maureen was diagnosed with melanoma and she suffered greatly for six years. On February 2, 2012, Maureen died from this incurable disease. Before Maureen died she asked me what I would do after her death and she asked me if I might get remarried and I told her no. Then she asked me if I had thought about becoming a priest and that began my discernment to become a priest. Around the same time Father Gavin Badway asked me if I had thought about becoming a priest as well, and that strengthened my discernment.
After Maureen’s death, I met with Bishop Barbarito and together, we discerned my call to the priesthood. In August 2014, Bishop Barbarito approved my application to reenter the seminary in Boynton Beach, and at that time became a transitional deacon. The first year of seminary I served as a Deacon at the Cathedral, and then in the second year I served as a Deacon at St. Ann Church. After two years of study and formation I was awarded a Master of Divinity degree on May 5, 2016, and I was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Palm Beach on May 7, 2016.
I look forward to serving as Parochial Vicar at St. Juliana Church. I count on your prayer and support. May God bless you and your families.