Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgetown
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|Diocese of Bridgetown
|Ecclesiastical province||Port of Spain|
|Metropolitan||Port of Spain|
|Area||430 km2 (170 sq mi)|
|(as of 2012)
|Cathedral||St. Patrick's Cathedral in Bridgetown|
|Bishop||Charles Jason Gordon|
|Metropolitan Archbishop||Joseph Everard Harris|
|Emeritus Bishops||Anthony Hampden Dickson Bishop Emeritus (1971-1995)
Malcolm Patrick Galt Bishop Emeritus (1995-2005)
|Website of the Diocese|
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgetown (Latin: Dioecesis Pontipolitana) is a diocese of the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic Church in the Caribbean. The diocese encompasses the entirety of the former British dependency of Barbados. The diocese is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Port of Spain, and a member of the Antilles Episcopal Conference.
Erected in 1970 as the Diocese of Bridgetown-Kingstown, the diocese was split on 23 October 1989 into the Diocese of Bridgetown and the Diocese of Kingstown. In September 2011, Father Jason Gordon was consecrated Bishop of this Diocese, after the retirement of Bishop Malcolm Galt in May 2005.Both Bishops Malcolm Galt and Jason Gordon are clergy native to Trinidad .
In 2009, the Mayor of the Irish city of Drogheda presented Father Harcourt Blackett with a scroll to commemorate the 360th anniversary of the deportation of Irish Catholics to Barbados. The Irish Catholic migrants formed the basis of the Catholic Church in Barbados. Historically the Church of England was the official state religion in the colony of Barbados, and the Irish Catholics that practiced their faith were forced to worship and practice their religion in underground caves in Barbados. Specifically Indian cave and Chapel cave both in the northern parts of Barbados have been identified as having been used as such. Father Blackett said he expected to receive more scrolls from other Irish cities which Barbados has a historic link including Wexford and Waterford. He also proposed the establishment of a shrine in the Caves in Barbados to remember those that worshiped there in the past.
- Anthony Hampden Dickson (19 October 1970 – 23 April 1995)
- Malcolm Patrick Galt C.S.Sp. (23 April 1995 – 31 May 2005)
- Charles Jason Gordon (8 July 2011 – present)
- Goddard, Mike (2009-03-04). "Irish city commemorates founding of Catholic Church in Barbados". Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation. Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2009-03-17.
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