St Luke’s, here I come!
Priest sold on dance, music and youth
Anglican cleric Davidson Bowen is excited about his transfer to the St Luke’s Anglican Church, effective February 1. However, he has mixed feelings about ending his eight-year tenure at St Philip The Less, where he serves as rector.
His new appointment is among a dozen announced earlier this month by Bishop of Barbados Dr John Holder as part of a shake-up.
“Having been as St Philip The Less for over eight years I would have fostered relationships with lots of persons, especially the youth because that’s the main focus of my ministry,” the priest noted. However, he admits practising at one place for too long would lead to repetition.
“I don’t think you should be in a place for more than ten years –– if so long. You do what you have to do and you move on; but I guess [some] people like to go and make their mark . . . . There’s only so much that you can offer, and then sometimes you need new eyes, new ideas to keep the work going and stuff like that . . . .
“I welcome the move, so I can get somebody coming in with new ideas and [I can] go somewhere else and offer new ideas as well,” he told
Bowen has a passion for liturgical dances and music, two areas he intends to focus on while at his new post. In fact, he revealed his intention to revisit the Anglican Song And Voice Competition to showcase the talent that is available in the church.
“One of the things I would like to see is at least five or ten new hymns being written on an annual basis and I know that can happen because the talent is there; the resources are there as well,” he said enthusiastically.
Bowen has also been appointed chaplain to the youth in the Anglican Diocese.
He explained he was looking forward to devoting more time to help tackle the problems facing Barbados’ youth.
“I think we need to look at where we begin the conversation on drugs; where we begin the conversation on other things that are affecting the youth because it makes no sense just speaking about them and hoping that they would go away, or telling people to pray about it and let them think that some magic is going to happen.
“I think we need to be practical . . . . We have to deal with the issue upfront,” the priest added.