AntiguaSpeaks.com dated 4th April 2012
Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda the Hon. W. Baldwin Spencer has pledged to continue working with the Catholic Church in the development of the nation and its people.
During the presentation of credentials of His Excellency Archbishop Nicola Girasoli, as the newly appointed Apostolic Nuncio (Ambassador – Papal representative) for the countries of the Antilles Episcopal Conference, Prime Minister Spencer said that the Church has been a great partner to government in being the moral compass of the nation and a superior force in the provision of quality education to the young people of the nation.
“The Catholic Church in Antigua and Barbuda stands out for the quality education that it provides to the nation of Antigua and Barbuda and I look forward to working closely as Prime Minister and on a personal level with the soon to be ordained Bishop of St. John’s Basseterre – Monsignor Kenneth Richards in furthering our collaboration,” said PM Spencer.
Archbishop Nicola Girasoli, as the papal representative to the countries of the Antilles Episcopal Conference, which includes Antigua and Barbuda, Suriname, Bahamas, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Barbados, and Trinidad & Tobago, is based in Port of Spain, Trinidad. During his visit to the Office of the Prime Minister on Monday, Archbishop Nicola Girasoli also introduced Monsignor Kenneth Richards to Prime Minister Spencer who outlined that he is looking forward to serving in the diocese, which has its seat in Antigua and Barbuda and includes the islands of Saint Kitts, Nevis, Anguilla, Montserrat and the British Virgin Islands.
Prime Minister Spencer along with other Members of Parliament, political leaders from the diocese and Jamaica; birthplace of Monsignor Kenneth Richards and Clergy from the Antilles Episcopal Conference were in attendance at the Ordination of Monsignor Kenneth Richards at the Holy Family Cathedral on Michael’s Mount on Wednesday 8 February.
Bishop-elect Kenneth Richards is a priest from the Archdiocese of Kingston, Jamaica and has served as its Vicar General.