In 1996, Archbishop Anthony Pantin instructed the Archdiocese of Port Spain to establish an organization within the Archdiocese for the purpose of:
- standardizing and integrating all existing educational and developmental programs and activities approved by the Archdiocese
- developing new educational and developmental programs and activities for all levels of Catholic faithful as well as for members of the general public who might be interested in the Archdiocesan educational initiatives.
As a result of this vision and directive, CREDI (Catholic Religious Educational Development Institute) was officially formed. In 1997 CREDI was legally established through an Act of Parliament (Act # 41 of 1997).
At the Archdiocese Synod of 2005, recommendations were again articulated highlighting the need for this type of institution and the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Port of Spain at that time, the Most Reverend Edward Gilbert, requested that the idea of a tertiary level Catholic Institute (CREDI) be reactivated and made fully operational according to its original mandates. This Institute would also have new and updated perspectives based on the ideas emerging from the Synod 2005 and comprise ‘working groups’ created throughout the Archdiocese to analyze and review the recommendations of the Synod 2005.
Archbishop Anthony Pantin
Archbishop Emeritus Edward J Gilbert CSsR
Bishop Charles Jason Gordon of Bridgetown (Barbados) and Kingstown (Saint Vincent and the Grenadines)
In October 2007 therefore, under the guidance of the Vicar of Administration for the Archdiocese of Port of Spain, the then Msgr. Charles Jason Gordon, CREDI established its offices at Vianney House at 13 Robinsonville, Belmont, appointed Members to its Board of Directors, established a core staff of experienced professionals and developed its strategic agenda. This strategic agenda was aimed at delivering on CREDI’s main objectives as outlined in the Act of Parliament:
- To foster the human, spiritual and apostolic development of its students to provide a body of skilled professionals to manage and staff the various departments of the Archdiocese of Port of Spain;
- To provide tertiary education principally to members of the Catholic Church to enable them to contribute professionally to the ministries of the Catholic Church;
- To enable members of the Archdiocese of Port of Spain and eventually to other dioceses of the Caribbean Catholic Church to respond to the call of the Bishops of the Antilles Episcopal Conference for lifelong learning;
- To enable its students to make involvement in Church service their first or second careers.
CREDI was made a registered tertiary education institution by the Accreditation Council of Trinidad & Tobago (A.C.T.T.) in July 2008.
Currently CREDI is currently undergoing the institutional accreditation process.