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Port-of-Spain Welcomes New Catholic Archbishop, Hailing from Barbados.

Port-of-Spain Welcomes New Catholic Archbishop, Hailing from Barbados.

Bishop Charles Jason Gordon

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

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

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.