Friday, November 24, 2017

Port of Spain has a new Archbishop


Bishop Charles Jason Gordon, 58, of the Diocese of Bridgetown, Barbados will be installed the 13th Archbishop of Port of Spain.

 He will replace Archbishop Joseph Harris, who submitted his letter of resignation to the Pope in March when he turned 75.

Harris has called a press conference for 9a.m today to make the official announcement.

News of the appointment by Pope Francis was made official at noon today (Vatican City time, 6 a.m. local time) on the Holy See Press Office website.

Msgr Jason Gordon was consecrated Bishop of Bridgetown and Kingstown (St Vincent and the Grenadines) on September 21, 2011, a week after Archbishop Joseph Harris was ordained Co-adjutor Archbishop of Port of Spain. Responsibility for the Diocese of Kingstown was reassigned in 2016 with the ordination of Bishop Gerard County.

Born March 17, 1959, Archbishop-elect Gordon was ordained a diocesan priest in March 1991 at the age of 32.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, he began studies for the priesthood at the then Regional Seminary of St John Vianney and the Uganda Martyrs, Mt St Benedict. He continued his studies at the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium where he attained both his BA and Master's in Theology. He later completed his PhD in London.

After his priestly ordination, Fr Gordon lectured at the regional seminary and he managed a number of projects in the Living Water Community including Fountain of Hope and the Marian House for young men.

In an interview with Catholic News in 2009, Archbishop-elect Gordon said his spiritual journey began while he was a student at Fatima College. After graduating from college, he inherited his father's failing business and was able to turn it around.

During this time while searching for his purpose in life, he became involved in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal as a youth member of the Living Water Community. When he was 22, he decided to sell the now-profitable business and became a full-time member of the Community.

In 2003, Fr Gordon was appointed parish priest of Rosary/Gonzales and created projects to improve the Gonzales community which at the time had been deeply affected by gang-related violence. He helped start a homework clinic, an internet café and a project known as CITY (Community Interventions Transforming Youths).

In 2007 then Archbishop Edward Gilbert appointed him to the newly created position of Vicar for Administration. Two year later, Pope Benedict XVI made him a Monsignor.

Earlier this year, Archbishop-elect Gordon was elected Vice President of the Antilles Episcopal Conference, the regional body of Catholic bishops for the English, Dutch and French-speaking Caribbean territories.