The Bishop of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, the Rt. Rev. Howard Gregory, will preside at the Ordination Service for four new priests and two deacons – his first as Lord Bishop - on Sunday, July 1 at 4.00 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Jago de la Vega, Spanish Town.
The highpoint of the Service will be the laying-on of hands by Bishop Gregory, and the ceremonial vesting of the new Priests and Deacons. Preacher at the Service will be the Rev. Canon Peter Mullings, who is now retired after serving the Diocese for almost 50 years, the majority of which was spent at the Church of the Ascension, Mona Heights.
The four Ordinands to the Holy Order of Priest are: Douglas George Barnes, Assistant Curate, St. Mark’s Cure, Mandeville; Shawn Donavan Nisbeth, Assistant Curate, St. Gabriel’s Cure, May Pen; as well as Paul Anthony Sharp and Rita Grace White, Supplementary Deacons attached to the Church of the Transfiguration, Meadowbrook and St. Michael’s Church, Belfield, St. Mary, respectively. The latter two candidates are from the Supplementary Ministry, which is a non-stipendiary programme offered by the Diocese for persons whose primary vocation is in a discipline other than the Ordained Ministry.
The two persons who will be ordained as Deacons are: Daren Everton Evans, a recent graduate of the United Theological College of the West Indies (UTCWI) and Jacqueline Patricia Bramwell of the Supplementary Ministry, attached to St. John’s Church, Ocho Rios.
All six candidates have completed the prescribed course of study and have satisfied the Examining Chaplains of the Diocese, a body comprising both clergy and laity, as to their suitability for the Ordained Ministry. They will have specific responsibilities for proclamation of the Word and administration of the Sacraments of the Church, as well as other pastoral duties.
In addition to their training in theology, several of the Ordinands bring experience in a wide range of disciplines to their vocation in the Church.