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Defence Force welcomes new senior chaplain


Rector of St Matthias Church Hugh Sandiford being greeted by Chief of Staff of the Barbados Defence Force Alvin Quintyne.


The new Rector of St Matthias Anglican Church Reverend Hugh Sandiford was today named as the senior chaplain of the Barbados Defence Force (BDF).

The announcement was made this morning by Chief of Staff Alvin Quintyne during the annual Barbados Regiment Colour to Church Service held at the church.

The position was previously held by Reverend Canon Devere Murrell, who served up to December 31 last year.


Members of the Barbados Defence Force participating in the church service.

Quintyne congratulated the new chaplain on behalf of the officers, enlisted ranks, cadets, civilian members of staff of the BDF and their families.

“Reverend Sandiford, we are truly delighted to welcome you warmly into our midst as a special member of the BDF’s family and we do look forward with great expectations to your wise counsel and spiritual guidance in the years ahead,” the Chief of Staff said.

As he delivered his first sermon in his capacity as the newly appointed senior chaplain, Reverend Sandiford commended members of the force for their “good work” in protecting the country.


4 Responses to Defence Force welcomes new senior chaplain

  1. Fiona Ifill
    Fiona Ifill February 22, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    Congrats to Hugh

  2. Ramar Haynes
    Ramar Haynes February 22, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    When addressing an officer of th BDF, please address them by their rank and not just their appointment. Congrats to the new senior Chaplin.

  3. Andrew The Voice February 23, 2015 at 7:27 am

    @ Ramar Haynes, Journalist & private persons are NOT in the BDF, therefore are NOT duty bound to address anyone by their rank. Its a show of respect if their do. Please do not dictate to us how to address military personnel, least we all require to be address by our full title, I am sure lots of private persons have earned it as well.


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