To: Clergy and People
From: The Bishop
19th February, 2016
Two States in the Diocese of the Windward Islands celebrate their Independence in the month of February, Grenada and St. Lucia. Grenada celebrated its 42nd Anniversary of Independence on Sunday 7th February, 2016. We congratulate Grenada as they celebrate and pray for Governor General,Dame Cecile Ellen Fleurette La Grenade,Prime Minister Dr. The Rt. Honourable Keith Claudius Mitchell, members of Parliament and the people of Grenada.
St. Lucia will celebrate its 37th Anniversary of Independence on Monday 22nd February, 2016. We congratulate St. Lucia as they celebrate and pray for Governor General, Dame Pearlette Louisy, Prime Minister, Dr. The Honourable Kenny Davis Anthony, Leader of the Opposition,Dr.The Honourable Gale Tracy Christiane Rigobert, members of Parliament and the people of St.Lucia.
Ordination and Consecration
Your prayers and presence are requested for the Ordination and Consecration of the Rev’d Father Charles Alexander Davidson, Bishop Elect of Guyana to the office of Bishop in the Church of God.
The service will take place on the Feast of St Gregory of Nyssa, Wednesday 9th March,2016 at lO:OOam in the Cathedral Church of St. George, the Martyr, Georgetown, Guy na. The Rev’d Father Charles Davidson, rector of Calvary St Augustine Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was elected on the first ballot of the 29 Sep 2015 election. To be the eight Bishop of Guyana.
A native of Guyana, Bishop-elect Davidson was educated at the United Theological College of Jamaica and the Codrington College in Barbados. He was ordained to the priesthood in the Diocese of Guyana in 1977 and served in Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Bahamas before transferring to the Diocese of New Jersey of the Episcopal Church in 1998. He subsequently served in the Dioceses of Southwest Florida and Pennsylvania.
Bishop-elect Davidson succeeds the Rt. Rev. Cornell Moss, who died in July, 2015. Bishop Moss had been appointed Bishop of Guyana in 2009 by the house of Bishops of the Church in the Province of the West Indies after the Diocesan electoral Synod failed to select a candidate.
Out of Diocese
I hope to be out of the Diocese to attend meetings of the House of Bishops and Standing Committee of the Church in the Province of the West Indies and to attend the Ordination and Consecration of the eight Bishop of Guyana from Sunday 7th March, 2016. The Rev’d Canon 0 Samuel Nichols will be representing the Diocese at the meeting of the Provincial Standing Committee and along with The Venerable J Everton Weekes will also be attending the Ordination and Consecration of the Bishop of Guyana. During my absence the Venerable Christian Glasgow will have oversight of the Diocese.
The Rt. Rev’d Richard Atkinson Bishop of Bedford, from our Companion Diocese of St. Albans, England will be visiting St. Vincent and the Grenadines from Saturday 6th to Tuesday 7th March, 2016, on his way to Guyana for the ordination and consecration of The Bishop of Guyana.
Bishop Atkinson will be the celebrant and preacher at The Church of the Ascension, Sion Hill at 7:00am on Sunday 6th March, 2016 and at the Patronal Festival at St. David, Chateaubelair, 3:00pm on the same day.
Mass of the Blessing Oils
I most cordially invite you to share with me in a solemn Mass and Consecration of the Holy Oils on Maundy Thursday, 24th March, 2016 at the Church of the Ascension, Sion Hill beginning at 9:30am.
I look forward very much to the collegiality, and renewal of our Ordination Vows. The Colour is white Stole.
Please bring along containers, so that you may collect the Holy Oils for use in your Parishes. An invitation is also extended to all those who have been licensed or commissioned to renew their vows at this service. Kindly encourage members of your various congregations to attend.
I am kindly reminding all incumbents to invite those in your respective parishes who have been licensed and/or commissioned to the service on Maundy Thursday, 9:30am at the Church of the Ascension, Sion Hill to reaffirm their promise to serve God faithfully in the ministry to which they have been licensed and commissioned.
Lent and Good Friday Collections
As you are aware, our Diocese has for several years been extending our mtsstonary outreach to West Africa, and particularly to the Diocese of Guinea, by sending to them our special Lenten Collections from the various parishes. I urge that such contributions be made, and I shall arrange for them to be despatched after the Lenten Season.
Please also be reminded of the Good Friday Collections for the Church in Jerusalem.
With every good wish and God’s Blessing!
Sincerely The Rt. Rev’d C. Leopold Friday
Bishop of the Windward Islands