Rogers sworn in as sen­a­tor

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REV­EREND JOHN ROGERS failed to win the elec­tion to be Bishop of Bar­ba­dos, but last Fri­day he of­fi­cially be­came a sen­a­tor, re­plac­ing the Rev­erend Mal­colm Maxwell, the pri­est and for­mer In­de­pen­dent Sen­a­tor se­lected by the Re­gional House of Bish­ops to head the Angli­can Church in Bar­ba­dos.

Rogers was ap­pointed sen­a­tor by Gover­nor Gen­eral Dame San­dra Ma­son, who swore him into the of­fice at Govern­ment House, while his wife Ch­eryl, daugh­ter Safya, and mother Mona Rogers looked on with pride as the 45-year-old cleric took the oath.

Speak­ing to the me­dia shortly af­ter­wards, he thanked the Gover­nor Gen­eral “for the con­fi­dence vested in me and for af­ford­ing me the op­por­tu­nity to serve the na­tion at this level”.

“I be­lieve I will have to get my feet wet first to see all that it en­tails, but cer­tainly I will be bring­ing years of ex­per­tise in the fields which I have stud­ied to bear on the mat­ters that will be com­ing be­fore me,” he said.

As rec­tor of the St Ge­orge Par­ish

Church, Rogers will be jug­gling the roles of pri­est and sen­a­tor, but he said he had been given an as­sis­tant cu­rate and “that will help me very much in bal­anc­ing my work at St Ge­orge and St John”.

Some say it is in­struc­tive that Rogers, who was more heav­ily favoured for Bishop by mem­bers of the laity over the other con­tender, Dean of the Cathe­dral of St Michael’s and

All An­gels, Dr Jef­frey Gib­son, dur­ing the highly con­tentious elec­tion process, is the one tak­ing over from Maxwell in the Se­nate.

(Pic­tures by Christoff Grif­fith.)

ROCK CHRIS­TIAN SCHOOL’S an­nual pro­duc­tion showed how the young­sters used their tal­ents in singing and drama to tell the story of how to point oth­ers to Je­sus.

(Pic­ture by Gercine Carter.)

SEN­A­TOR REV. JOHN ROGERS (left) shar­ing a mo­ment with his fam­ily (from left) daugh­ter Safya, wife Carolyn, and mother Mona at Govern­ment House.

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