Anglican Bishop announces shake-up
A significant shake-up is due to occur in the Anglican Church next year, with over a dozen appointments announced last week by Bishop of Barbados John Holder.
In a circular to clergy, the Bishop revealed that four senior clerics would be elevated to the position of Canon within the Church.
They are Reverend Curtis Goodridge of the St Lucy Parish Church, who is being appointed to the stall of St Augustine and colleague Reverend George Harewood of St Stephen’s to the stall of St Aidan.
Longstanding clergymen Reverend Errington Massiah, rector of St Joseph, and retired priest Lawrence Small are to be made Honorary Canons. Those changes take effect January 1.
However, of special significance is the shake up of several posts within the various deaneries, effective February 1.
Those affected are Reverend John Rogers, current Rector of St Luke’s and Youth Chaplain of the Diocese of Barbados, who in addition to becoming Rural Dean of the St John’s Deanery – responsible for churches in the area – from the start of next year, moves to St George Parish Church following the retirement of Reverend Gregston Gooding.
He will be replaced at St Luke’s by Reverend Davidson Bowen, the current rector of St Philip-The-Less in St Peter, who also takes over as Chaplain of the Youth. Reverend Jerome Small, assistant priest at St Thomas, replaces Bowen in the north, while Reverend Michael Squires, former curate of the St Michael Cathedral, now serving as priest-in-charge of St George, takes over at St Matthew and the Church of the Resurrection from Hugh Sandiford, who is headed to St Matthias.
Reverend Angela Philips, Rector of St Patrick’s, has also been appointed Chaplain of the Mother’s Union.
Effective November 1, Kelly Burke also officially took up the position of Diocesan Secretary, the circular said.