Church in the Province of the West Indies

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Church in the Province of the West Indies
Primate John Walder Dunlop Holder
Territory Barbados, Belize, Guyana, Jamaica, the Bahamas, the North-Eastern Caribbean and Aruba, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Windward Islands

The Church in the Province of the West Indies is one of 38 member provinces in the worldwide Anglican Communion.[1] The church comprises eight dioceses spread out over much of the West Indies area. The present position of Archbishop and Primate of the West Indies is held by The Most Rev. John Holder. The Most Rev. Drexel Wellington Gomez was the previous primate until 2009, and has retired. The church is also part of the Global South.

History[edit]

The West Indies became a self-governing province in 1883 because of the Church of England missions in territories that became British colonies. It is made up of two mainland dioceses and six island dioceses, including Antigua, Barbados, Belize, Guyana, Jamaica, the Bahamas, the North-Eastern Caribbean and Aruba, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Windward Islands. Great emphasis is being placed on training personnel for an indigenous ministry. The island locations and scattered settlements make pastoral care difficult and costly.

Mission Organisations[edit]

The Jamaica Church Missionary Society is the recognised missionary agency of the Diocese of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands in the Province of the West Indies. The society focuses on evangelisation with special relevance to daily human needs.

The society was established in 1861 as a subsidiary of the church, intended to target those sections of Jamaica's "hard to reach" population. For many years the mission stations established and maintained by the society provided the only means of reaching the masses of the population with Christianity and basic education.

Theological college[edit]

The Codrington College is the Anglican preparatory in St. John, Barbados opened in 1745.

Dioceses[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Staff writer url=http://www.cbc.bb/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=7662:archbishop-of-canterbury-to-visit-barbados&catid=36:local-news&Itemid=59 (2 August 2013). "Archbishop of Canterbury to visit Barbados". CBC. One of his primary commitments as Archbishop is to visit each of the Archbishops of the thirty-eight Provinces of the Anglican Communion within his first two years as Archbishop of Canterbury. His visit to Archbishop of the West Indies and Bishop of Barbados, Dr.John Holder, is in keeping with this promise. He is expected to discuss matters relating to the Church in the Province of the West Indies. 

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