Gib­son and Rogers give their bless­ing

UK Barbados Nation - - NEWS -

THERE IS NO con­tention be­tween the for­mer con­tenders for the post of Bishop of Bar­ba­dos and the man cho­sen for the po­si­tion.

In fact, both Dean of the Cathe­dral of St Michael and All An­gels Dr Jef­frey

Gib­son and Rec­tor of St Ge­orge Parish Church Rev­erend John Rogers have of­fered their con­grat­u­la­tions to Rev­erend Michael Maxwell, rec­tor of Holy Trin­ity Church, who was unan­i­mously cho­sen by provin­cial House of Bish­ops.

“I would like to take the op­por­tu­nity to ex­tend hearti­est con­grat­u­la­tions to

Fa­ther Michael Maxwell, the Bishop des­ig­nate of Bar­ba­dos,” Gib­son told the Bar­ba­dos Na­tion when con­tacted.

“I want to wish him well and ex­tend God’s bless­ings to him for a fruit­ful and pro­duc­tive epis­copy,” he added.

Gib­son said he was de­lighted with the choice and had al­ready con­veyed his per­sonal con­grat­u­la­tions to Maxwell, who was se­lected as the youngest ever Bar­ba­dian to head the lo­cal church.

The mat­ter of age had been cited as an is­sue by some mem­bers of the clergy when the elec­tion of a head of the Angli­can Church in Bar­ba­dos was be­ing con­tested be­tween Gib­son, 61, and Rogers, 45.

How­ever, Gib­son said he be­lieved the church was ready to move on and work to­gether.

“I think the House of Bish­ops, who made the se­lec­tion, have taken all of those fac­tors into ac­count and I think the church is ready to move for­ward with the one who the bish­ops have se­lected,” the Dean said.

Rogers ex­pressed sim­i­lar sen­ti­ments.

“Bish­ops are se­lected by the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit called some­body else. I be­lieve God ap­points peo­ple in his time and I think he has done so now,” he said in a sep­a­rate in­ter­view when asked about any con­cerns peo­ple may have with Maxwell’s age.

Rogers said he, too, had al­ready con­tacted and con­grat­u­lated Maxwell on his se­lec­tion as bishop, adding that he be­lieved the

Holy Trin­ity Church rec­tor was very ca­pa­ble of do­ing the job.

Ad­di­tion­ally, Rogers said he would do all he could to as­sist Maxwell in his new role and pledged his sup­port and that of St Ge­orge Parish Church. (AD)

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Rev­erend John Rogers

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Rev­erend Dr Jef­frey Gib­son

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