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