Friday, July 8, 2011

Father Jason Gordon appointed bishop of Bridgetown and Kingston by the Pope

Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - The Holy Father Benedict XVI transferred the Diocese of Kingstown, in S. Vincent and the Grenadines, from the ecclesiastical Province of Castries to the Port of Spain, in Trinidad and Tobago on July 8, 2011.

The Holy Father appointed Bishop for the two Dioceses of Bridgetown (Barbados) and Kingstown (St. Vincent and the Grenadines), Rev. Mgr. Charles Jason Gordon, of the clergy of Port of Spain, moderator of the Archdiocesan Curia.

The Rev. Mgr. Charles Jason Gordon, was born in Port of Spain, in Trinidad and Tobago, on March 17, 1959. He did his elementary and secondary studies at Fatima College in Trinidad (big up to the old Alma mater). He obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy at the University of the West Indies.

In 1982 he joined the Regional Seminary of St. John Vianney in Trinidad and Tobago. From 1986 to 1988 he did further studies at the Catholic University of Leuven, where he graduated in Moral and Religious Science (Magna Cum Laude). He then returned to Trinidad and Tobago to teach at the Seminary. He was ordained a priest in Port of Spain on March 19, 1991.

After his ordination he has held the following positions:
1991: Professor at the Regional Seminary of St. John Vianney;
1991 - 1996 Duncan Street Caring Centre - Coordinator responsible for the staff and assistance program development for the homeless;
1991 - 1996: Coordinator of the Marian House, home to the homeless;
1993 - 1996: Director of Production of the Trinity Television Network;
1996 - 2003: Studies for a Doctorate in Pastoral Theology at Heythrop College University of London, in England,
1995: Director of the Caribbean School of Catholic Communications;
2000 - 2002: Chaplain of the General Hospital in Port of Spain;
2000 - 2005: Member of the community team Living Water Community in Port of Spain;
2002: Director of Marian House;
2003 to 2006: Director of the Institute of Pastoral Leadership in Port of Spain; Pastor of the Holy Rosary and St. Martin de Porres in Trinidad; CITY - Community Intervention Transforming Youth in Trinidad.
2006: A Short Course in Management of Social Development for Caribbean NGO's in Washington, in the United States,
2003: Member of the Board of clergy of the Archdiocese of Port of Spain, of the Commission of the Archdiocesan Synod, the Commission of the Archdiocesan Communications and of the Commission Justice and Peace;
2005 - 2006: Episcopal Vicar for the Archdiocese in the north area;
2006: Moderator of the Archdiocesan Curia.

The Diocese of Bridgetown (1970), has an area of 430 square kilometers and a population of 277,000 inhabitants, of whom 11,000 are Catholics. There are 6 parishes, 11 priests (4 diocesan, 7 religious), 1 permanent deacon and 9 nuns. The Diocese of Kingstown (1989), has an area of 388 square kilometers and a population of 120,000 inhabitants, of whom 15,469 are Catholic. There are 6 parishes, 11 priests (7 diocesan, 4 religious) and 14 nuns. The Diocese of Kingstown and Bridgetown are suffragans of the Archdiocese of Port of Spain. (SL) (Agenzia Fides 08/07/2011)

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